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Combined Occupational Science/Occupational Therapy Doctorate Program

The combined OS/OTD program is for all students who want to become an occupational therapist! A combined degree decreases time to graduation and tuition costs.



You must meet the following requirements by May in the semester preceding the start of the program:

  1. Completion of 60 hours of coursework, including prerequisite courses
  2. Overall GPA of 3.0 or above
  3. A minimum of 4 “B”s and 1 “C” in the following prerequisite courses or their equivalents (BIO307, BIO308, STA215 or STA 270, PSY200, HSA 200)
  4. Completion of the Health Science Reasoning Test (HSRT). Go to for more information
  5. Application with personal statement and resume
  6. Three completed letters of recommendation

To apply to this program, you must first be accepted to attend EKU. Apply to EKU here:

Applications for fall 2022 admissions will be available January 15th, 2022          

To view a video Overview of the Application Process, click HERE

**You will need to have all of your information ready to enter when you apply. The application cannot be saved to be resumed later.                                     

Additional information for your application:
Transcripts: If you are currently completing classes, submit final transcripts once the grades are posted. If you are currently completing a degree in something other than Occupational Science at EKU, submit final transcripts once the degree is posted.
Personal statement: We require a brief personal statement so we can understand the events in your life that have prepared you to apply to an occupational therapy program. In a concise way, tell us what sets you apart from other applicants (250 words or less).
Resume: You will upload a resume or list of your work experience and/or previous experience with health and wellness (for example, observation/ shadowing, volunteer work, mission work, etc.)
Diversity: We value diverse applicants. Diversity can mean many different things, such as race, age, military experience, sexual orientation, bilingual skills, and other life/ cultural experiences. You can express this in your personal statement and/or resume.
Letters of recommendation: These forms are generated in the online application; you will need to submit email addresses for three individuals who can speak to your success in the program. They cannot be family members. They can be professors, or individuals you have worked with in other environments like volunteer work, church, or employment.

Application to the OS/OTD program does not guarantee acceptance.

Students who are accepted by EKU’s Admission office and declare their major as Occupational Science are admitted to the University as pre-Occupational Science majors; however, admission to the University does not guarantee admission to the Occupational Science program. Admission is competitive and based on a review of the applicants’ academic history by the Department’s Admission, Progression and Retention Committee. Students will be informed of admission to the Combined OS/OTD program after Spring semester grades are posted. Students admitted to the Combined OS/OTD program will be then be allowed to register for classes in the program.


Admission to the OS program also secures admission into the OTD Program contingent on successful academic progression. Each student’s progress is reviewed annually to assure the academic requirements are met and the high standards expected of a student participating in the combined degree program are maintained. Students will continue to meet admission criteria for the OTD while they progress through the OS program.

When students complete the 60 credits required in the OS program, they will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in OS and will move seamlessly to the OTD program.

Have Questions?

Students who complete the Combined OS/OTD program are eligible to take the national certification examination given by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) and apply for licensure in those states requiring it.

***Professional level graduates must apply for licensure and/or certification prior to practicing in any state. A criminal record (excluding minor traffic violations) may make a person ineligible for national certification examination and/or licensure or state certification for practice. Students with such a history should contact NBCOT and relevant licensing or certifying bodies prior to enrollment to determine their situation.

The OTD program has achieved accreditation Candidacy status. For more information click here!

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