Doctor of Occupational Therapy Entry-Level (CUW)

The OT program at Concordia University Wisconsin prepares students to obtain employment in a variety of settings. The didactic coursework, community-based experiences, and clinical education come together to prepare students as entry-level occupational therapists. Students participate in clinical experiences which include individual and group treatment sessions in pediatric and adult populations. At CUW, we prepare uncommon OTs who are ready to serve their communities and clients.

Mission Statement

The mission of Concordia University’s Doctorate of Occupational Therapy program is to positively impact communities by developing Christ-centered occupational therapists who empower others to reach their highest potential through leadership, best practice, advocacy, and innovation.

Accreditation & Licensure

The entry-level occupational therapy doctoral degree program is accredited 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 and its web address is Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

Students must complete 24 weeks of Level II fieldwork as well as an individual 14-week capstone experience within 24 months following the completion of the didactic portion of the program. The doctoral capstone experience must be started after completion of all coursework and Level II fieldwork as well as completion of preparatory activities defined in 2018 ACOTE OTD Standard D.1.3.

General Academic Information

Our occupational therapy curriculum offers you exposure to many real-world scenarios that will test your knowledge. You’ll have multiple opportunities for client contact, ranging from children to older adults, school systems to factories, and acute care to community wellness programs. Some of these experiences are clinical fieldwork placements, while others are client evaluation and consultation in a classroom or community setting. In your first year, you’ll begin working with clients in the community to put theory into practice.

This is a full time graduate professional program taught in a blended format. Students interact with their classmates and professors online before and after in person classes, which focus on active learning and/or lab activities. Students enroll in one of three tracks, as determined by their educational background:

  • Accelerated
    • Students starting as a freshman at CUW looking to earn a bachelor's and doctorate degree
  • Bridge
    • COTAs looking to further their education and opportunities as an OTR
    • Students may hold an associate's degree (must apply to Bridge BSRS) or bachelor's degree (direct entry application)
  • Post-baccalaureate
    • Applicants holding a bachelor's degree

Students should expect to pay the tuition and fees as noted on the website ( 

Program Learning Outcomes 

Upon completion of the program, graduates of the Concordia University Wisconsin OTDe program will: 

  • Demonstrate the skills to be effective change-makers in surrounding communities.
  • Facilitate the health and wellbeing of individuals of all ages in various community settings.
  • Combine theory, evidence, and clinical reasoning in a reflective process of evaluation, intervention, and targeting of outcomes.
  • Effectively and efficiently solve occupation-based problems. 
  • Be competently prepared for direct access.
  • Intentionally make clinical decisions using Christ-centered values. 
  • Develop leadership skills.
  • Effectively communicate and collaborate in a variety of communities.
  • Demonstrate professional behaviors while using knowledge based skills for the effective practice of occupational therapy.


Please contact the Occupational Therapy Department for track progression plans.

OT 501Introduction to APA Style & Scholarly Writing1
OT 502Concepts of Occupation3
OT 503Functional Anatomy4
OT 504Introduction to Advocacy and Leadership2
OT 505Research in Practice I3
OT 506Occupations Across the Lifespan3
OT 507Explore Community Clinic3
OT 508Facilitated Community Clinic3
OT 509Functional Neuroscience and Neurorehabilitation I4
OT 510Research in Practice II3
OT 511Personal Advocacy & Leadership1
OT 512Clinical Reasoning: Behavioral Health3
OT 513Occupational Kinesiology and Orthorehabilitation I4
OT 602Clinical Reasoning: Pediatrics3
OT 604Pediatric Summer Camp1
OT 612Behavioral Health Fieldwork1
OT 614Clinical Reasoning: Adult Practice Areas3
OT 621Clinical Reasoning: Orthorehab II3
OT 625Community Advocacy and Leadership3
OT 632Occupations of Health and Wellness3
OT 635Community Clinic: Leading the OT Process3
OT 641Research in Practice III3
OT 643Community Clinic: Management and Supervision2
OT 650Practice Management2
OT 655Professional Advocacy&Ldrshp2
OT 660Clinical Reasoning: Gerontology3
OT 665Clinical Reasoning: Neurorehabilitation II3
OT 670Clinical Reasoning: Work/Ergo3
OT 675Level II Fieldwork A6
OT 680Level II Fieldwork B6
OT 705Research in Practice IV: Capstone Planning3
OT 710Capstone Experience7
Total Hours97

Admission Requirements

Students interested in the entry-level Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTDe) must first apply to the Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) Program. Admissions requirements can be found in the MOT listing in the catalog or on the MOT website at 

At the end of second semester of the MOT program, interested students may apply for the OTDe program, through an internal process, if they meet the following requirements:

  • Cumulative OT GPA of 3.0 or better
  • Semester GPA of 3.0 or better in all completed semesters
  • Current enrollment in the Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) program 
  • No current or past professional or academic probation (students may still apply if they have received a warning)

The following must be completed by the final day of the second semester:

  • Year 1 Student Portfolio
    • This will be submitted through BlackBoard
  • OTDe Application
  • OTDe Admissions Interview

Note: The program does not accept occupational therapy transfer credits.