Welcome to the Orientation Website of the Blended NSU Entry-Level Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) program at the Tampa Bay Regional Campus (TBRC) located in Clearwater, FL.
This website is intended as a guide for new TBRC OTD students in navigating the orientation processes before classes start in May. We know that you worked hard to meet admission requirements, so we want you to feel the significance of joining the Class of 2026. This website:
The OTD program comprises an educational journey that blends virtual with face-to-face learning experiences designed with students’ needs and learning style in mind. Using the department’s curriculum model, which is reiterative, rigorous, recursive, and relational, students learn not only the “how,” but also the “why” and the evidence for occupational therapy practice.
The 3 1/3 years of your doctoral preparation will fly swiftly with active engagement in virtual and face-to-face didactic, research, and clinical experiences. These prepare the student to serve as part of a team of interdisciplinary health professionals at various practice settings. Upon graduation, NSU OTD alumni work in places such as hospitals, schools, research facilities, and outpatient and home health settings as well as in emerging practice areas of occupational therapy.
I look forward to meeting each of you and officially welcome you to the NSU family.
Ricardo C. Carrasco, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA
Director & Professor