Occupational Therapy
Occupational Therapy
Contribute to the health and wellness of your community through RU’s fully accredited occupational therapy programs.
Proven ROI
  • Our OT program is ranked No. 18 in the nation for career support by graduateprograms.com.
  • 100% of our OT grads are employed within six months of graduation.
  • The median annual salary for experienced occupational therapists is $81,690.
  • Rockhurst University's occupational therapy program consistently has a high graduation rate.


  • You’ll Be Prepared for the National Certification Exam.
    RU has an above average pass rate for first time test takers.
  • You’ll Serve Others.
    Take advantage of the many opportunities to provide services locally and internationally.
  • You’ll Take the Lead.
    RU offers OT students a number of ways to enhance leadership skills, from working with community partners to serving on university committees.
  • You’ll Create Connections.
    Your network will grow to include new mentors and industry professionals.
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Apply for the OT program at a point that works best for you.

Freshman Pre-admission

A program for exceptional students. Admission is based on a combination of your ACT or SAT scores, high school GPA and prerequisite courses.

OT Scholars Program

An advanced admission program for outstanding current RU students. Apply by submitting a letter of intent to the OT office at the beginning of your sophomore year.

3+2 Program

Our five-year Master of Occupational Therapy program, available to students consecutively enrolled at RU since freshman year. Contact the OT office early if interested in this opportunity.

Regular Admittance

Apply during your final year of undergraduate work. Post-baccalaureate students apply the summer prior to the selection of a new class.

Transfer Pre-admission

Apply for pre-admission if you have completed two years of undergraduate coursework at another college or university.

Masters vs. Doctorate

Here are a few reasons why you would choose a Master of Occupational Therapy degree versus an entry-level Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) degree:

  • Average salaries are the same in most settings.
    Preliminary surveys of entry-level doctoral graduates indicate that a doctoral degree does not guarantee advanced salaries.
  • Faster completion time.
    Our Rockhurst program takes two years to complete, versus doctoral programs that can take three or more years.
  • It saves you money.
    A doctorate degree costs more but most likely will not translate to more earnings. You’ll get more ROI from a masters degree.
  • An entry-level therapist can have either a masters or a doctoral OT degree. The OT accreditation agency (ACOTE) determined this in August 2015.
    For this reason, our OT program will remain at the masters degree level, which means within two years of entering our program you can be working in the occupational therapy field as a clinician.

But don’t take our word for it. See what AOTA has to say.


Gain a competitive edge in today’s health care industry by earning two degrees at once: a Master of Occupational Therapy, along with either an MBA or a Master of Arts. A dual-degree program offers:

  • A balanced mix of OT and business classes to create a manageable course load.
  • Faculty and staff who work together to support you from throughout your program.
  • A potential completion time of two years.
  • Business classes on week nights so they do not conflict with your daytime OT schedule.
  • An opportunity to strengthen your professional readiness.
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Exam Pass Rates

Rockhurst occupational therapy graduates consistently have a high success rate in passing the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) exam.

For most recent pass rates for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy Exam, please visit NBCOT.


RU's occupational therapy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).

ACOTE c/o AOTA, The American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc., 4720 Montgomery Ln Ste 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449, Phone (members): 800-SAY-AOTA (729-2682) | Phone (non-members): 301-652-6611.