Occupational Therapy Doctorate

Transition to the Occupational Therapy Doctor (OTD) and the Post-Baccalaureate Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT)

In August of 2017, the accrediting agency of Occupational Therapy educational programs (ACOTE) began requiring that new occupational therapists entering the profession have an Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) degree to practice beginning in 2027. Since that time, the mandate has been put on hold as the profession reviews the transition.  This means that individuals can enter the profession with either a Master’s degree or a Doctorate. 

The WVU Division of Occupational Therapy anticipates accepting their first class of doctoral and post-baccalaureate MOT students in June 2021. Students entering WVU in the fall of 2019 or later must complete a bachelor's degree before applying to the post-baccalaureate MOT (28 months in length) or OTD program (36 months in length).  The recommended degree is Exercise Physiology.  It will contain all of the pre-requisite courses needed to enter both programs. 

The program will remain competitive and a limited number of students will be admitted.  Students will still have to do volunteer hours, get recommendations and, if selected, interview for one of the spots in the class.  The GRE will also now be required.

Be sure to watch this web page for additional information as updates will be listed here as they develop.