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Nova Southeastern University, with its entry-level program leading to a Doctor of Occupational Therapy (O.T.D.) degree, is one of the pioneer accredited university programs that offer entry-level doctoral degrees in occupational therapy. Classes for NSU’s 3 1/3-year, blended (hybrid) distance/face-to-face O.T.D. program are held at the NSU Tampa Bay Regional Campus, located in Clearwater, FL. The program, designed to attract creative and compassionate individuals who like to help others achieve their potential, meets the need for occupational therapy education beyond a master’s degree by students who want flexibility while performing their domestic roles. The Doctor of Occupational Therapy Entry Level Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE®) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), which is located at the Accreditation Department, American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA),

6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200,
North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929
ACOTE's telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA
ACOTE's website link is

A distance/face-to-face blended program means that students receive part of their education at the Tampa Bay campus during four day institutes taught by reputable faculty members once or more a month per semester. Students take the remainder of each course in an online format, using state-of-the-art technology. Success in the program requires the ability to navigate the university's learning management system (currently Canvas), manage electronic communications, utilize research and information databases in and out of the Internet, apply software, among other technology when participating in the didactic, clinical and capstone components of the NSU OTD curriculum. Utilization of technology and networked resources mirrors provision of care by doctorally prepared occupational therapists, and the program's goal is to provide opportunities to optimally prepare graduates for real world practice.

The entry-level O.T.D. program has a responsibility to the public to assure that its graduates can become fully competent and caring occupational therapists who are capable of providing benefit and doing no harm. Individuals admitted and retained in the O.T.D. program must possess the intelligence, integrity, compassion, humanitarian concerns, physical and emotional capacity, cognitive and communication skills, and professionalism necessary to practice occupational therapy. To this end, all entry-level O.T.D. students must meet the requirements outlined in the O.T.D. program’s Essential Functions Policy for Admission, Retention, and Graduation. To view the Essential Functions document, visit: OTD-Tampa Essential Functions

During the program, students accumulate nearly 2,000 hours of part- and full-time clinical education. This will include three 3-week and two 12-week internships plus a 16-week doctoral residency in a negotiated practice area. Assignment of clinical sites is competitive and subject to availability and in most, if not all cases will require students to commute a distance or relocate.

NSU's OTD program is dedicated to preparing occupational therapists to serve as a part of an interdisciplinary team of health professionals in a variety of practice settings, such as hospitals, schools, outpatient, and home health as well as in programs they develop where occupational therapists are not yet employed. Course activities promote clinical decision-making and patients and clients, from initial examination to outcomes assessment. Students' clinical competency will be evaluated both in the basic sciences and clinical skills prior to their fieldwork experiences and doctoral residency.

The fieldwork and residency experiences include:

  • Level I fieldwork experiences comprise three 3-week, full-time internships that allow students to apply occupational therapy concepts and theories at selected clinic or other settings.

  • Level II fieldwork experiences comprise two 12-week, full-time clinical internships at approved settings where licensed occupational therapists supervise students while they provide occupational therapy service as they complete predoctoral preparation.
  • The doctoral residency includes 16 weeks of in-depth experience in one or more of the following: clinical practice skills, research skills, administration, leadership, program and policy development, advocacy, education, or theory development.
Professional Licensure Disclosure Statement
Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences
Doctor of Occupational Therapy (O.T.D) Program

Degree Title



Doctor of Occupational Therapy



Professional Licensure Disclosure Statement:  Nova Southeastern University, Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences, Doctor of Occupational Therapy program is an Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE®) accredited program of study. Graduation from an ACOTE accredited program is required in order to take the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy examination.  At this time, we have determined that the Doctor of Occupational Therapy program meets the educational degree completion requirements for licensure in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the US protectorates, as defined in 34 CFR §600.2.   

It is nonetheless strongly encouraged that students determine any additional requirements for licensure in the state in which they seek to be licensed. Students should refer to their state licensing bodies, for requirements for licensure. For licensing board contact information and approval status, please see NBCOT State Contact List.

If you need assistance or have any questions, please contact Dr. Ricardo Carrasco, at (813) 574-5429 or

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