Occupational Therapy

Fast Facts

Degree: Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)
Length: 3 years (8 semesters)
Program Start: Fall semester, single cohort
Class Size: 46
Campus Location: Omaha and Kearney
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Curricular Design: Hybrid model via innovative technology, on-line learning, and face-to-face delivery at UNMC in Omaha and UNMC Health Science Education Complex (HSEC) in Kearney

Application open in OTCAS: July 16, 2020
Application close: February 1, 2021
Interviews: March & April 2021
Notification of acceptance: April & May 2021

Why UNMC's Occupational Therapy Program?

The entry-level occupational therapy doctoral degree program at University of Nebraska Medical Center has applied for accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA.

A new program means fresh ideas and energy for the profession. The mission of the Occupational Therapy Education Division is to advance health through meaningful participation in everyday living for all people and communities. The program has three themes: Occupation for Health, Personal and Professional Development, and Translational Science. Occupation for Health focuses on the application of occupation-based and evidence-based intervention for current practice, leadership, education, and scholarship. Personal and Professional Development supports the maturity of lifelong learners who demonstrate a commitment to professional standards and responsibilities. Translational Science is the study of and process for sharing knowledge from practice for practice to increase quality and effectiveness of services to improve health.

Division of Occupational Therapy Education Response to World Events

The application of occupational science supports adaptability to life challenges. The faculty and staff of the Division are designing an educational experience to promote health and well-being through the occupations of teaching and learning. We continue developing an inclusive, safe community through innovative methods to deliver a rigorous curriculum that meets accreditation standards.


Cost of attendance, including tuition and fees, is posted for current programs by the Office of Financial Aid. Cost of attendance for the proposed occupational therapy clinical doctorate, to begin August 2021, is posted here. Tuition and fees are subject to change, as determined by the University of Nebraska Board of Regents.