Doctor of Occupational Therapy | Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
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What is Occupational Therapy?

The focus of occupational therapy is to positively influence the health and well-being of individuals so that they can participate in meaningful, purposeful activities in a profession or in their daily lives.

Occupational therapists work in partnership with individuals, families, and caregivers whose life patterns and ability to engage in valued daily activities have been disrupted as a result of various circumstances, including cognitive or developmental problems, injury or illness, social or emotional
deficits, or the aging process.

About the Doctor of Occupational Therapy

The School of Health Professions Doctor of Occupational Therapy program is designed to provide you with the strong foundation in clinical reasoning, knowledge, and skills necessary to become a highly-qualified occupational therapist and improve the health of individuals and communities.


An Experienced Faculty, A Hands-on Learning Experience

Our faculty are highly-dedicated educators with years of research and clinical experience in a variety of settings. The faculty is committed to being accessible to all students and working with them as active participants in the essential knowledge, skills and clinical training that is key to successful occupational therapy practice.

The School of Health Professions is committed to providing a seamless, hands-on learning experience where you can continue your education and skills development outside the walls of the classroom. As a student in the
program, you will practice assessing clients in the community, designing community enhancement projects, and collaborate with faculty, area clinicians, and local agencies to synthesize academic and clinical learning.

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You will also have the opportunity to be involved with the Student Occupational Therapy Association (SOTA) to further enhance your professional leadership skills and community service experiences.

The Doctor of Occupational Therapy program at the TTUHSC School of Health Professions is offered on the Lubbock campus. The entry-level occupational therapy doctoral (OTD) degree program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). Graduates 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).

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Occupational Therapy Certification

As a graduate of the program, you will be able 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, you will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licensure is usually based on the results of the NBCOT certification exam. (Please note: A felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the certification examination or attain state licensure.)

Careers in Occupational Therapy

A career in occupational therapy is a challenging profession that calls on the therapist to use clinical reasoning and creative skills to meet the unique needs of clients.

Occupational therapists use their clinical reasoning and therapeutic skills to implement a process of occupation-based evaluation and intervention in a variety of settings, including at home, in school, in the workplace, or in the community, a hospital, or clinic. For example, as an occupational therapist, you could help a child with autism participate fully in school and social situations; you could work with a person who is recovering from a hand injury so they can return to work; you could assist a person with mental illness in learning to manage a daily medication routine or help an older adult who experiences physical and cognitive changes following a stroke to resume household tasks.

  • The Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook projects that jobs in occupational therapy will grow by 24% through 2026, much faster than average for all professions.
  • For more information about the profession of occupational therapy visit the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).

The Curriculum

The Doctor in Occupational Therapy curriculum prepares you to enter the field of occupational therapy as a competent, collaborative, and caring occupational therapist. The curriculum provides students with a strong foundation in the dynamics of occupation, critical reasoning, practice skills, and professionalism.

Lectures, case studies, concept mapping, laboratory experiences and clinical education provide you with opportunities to integrate prior knowledge with new learning and develop
your professional clinical reasoning skills. Classes include:

  • Human Anatomy
  • Professional Seminar Series
  • Occupational Therapy Process
  • Various Evaluation and Intervention Courses
  • Doctoral Capstone Series

This program fosters professional behavior and relies on community experiences to incorporate the classroom material into clinical practice. Lab sizes are restricted to ensure optimal student/ instructor ratios and to enable you to receive comprehensive instructional and clinical experience.

Successful completion of the academic, fieldwork, and capstone requirements leads to a Doctor of Occupational Therapy degree.

Learn more about all program courses, clinical education, and fieldwork experiences.

Cost of Attendance

Current Costs (Resident)
  Year 1  Year 2 Year 3  Total
Tuition $9,275 $9,540 $7,685 $26,500
Fees $5,533 $4,372 $4,174 $14,078
Total without Insurance $14,808 $13,912 $11,859 $40,578
Student Health Insurance $4,337 $3,246 $3,246 $10,829
Total with Insurance $19,145  $17,158  $15,105  $51,407
Current Costs (Non-Resident)
  Year 1  Year 2 Year 3  Total
Tuition $23,975 $24,640 $19,865 $68,500
Fees $5,533 $4,372 $4,174 $14,078
Total without Insurance $29,508 $29,032 $24,039 $82,578
Student Health Insurance $4,337 $3,246 $3,246 $10,829
Total with Insurance $33,845  $32,278  $27,285  $93,407

Note: Students are charged a Student Health Insurance fee each term. If the student has qualified health insurance, a waiver can be applied through Student Life. Prices are subject ot change.

Graduation Rates

Matriculation and Graduation Rates
Year Students Began the OTD Program Number of Students Who Began the OTD Program Number of On-Time Graduates (within 3 Years) On-Time Graduation Rate On-Time Graduation Date Number of Students Who Graduated within 4 1/2 Years Overall Graduate Rate
May 2020 53 49 92.4% May 2023 1 94.3%
May 2021 52 - - May 2024 - -
May 2022 52 - - May 2025 - -
May 2023 53 - - May 2026 - -
Totals 210 49 92.4% - 1 94.3%

Note: The on-time graduation rate refers to the percentage of students graduating from the program in 3 years. Whereas, the overall graduation rate is based on the total number of students who graduated from a program within 150% of the published length of the program according to accreditation standards. Occasionally, students are required to repeat a course (i.e., recycle). The recycle process extends the length of time to complete the program by one semester for final Doctoral Capstone or Level II Fieldwork courses or by one year if it is any other course.

The occupational therapy faculty are available and approachable. We enjoying meeting with students—whether it is to answer questions about course content, an assignment, or future career pursuits!

Sandra Whisner, OTR, PhD

Program Director, Entry-Level Program Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program

I'm sure you have heard this countless times before, but I just want to reiterate how well the TTUHSC OT program prepared us for the NBCOT. I feel so thankful for having to been able to attend such an amazing program! I studied for about a month and a half before my exam, reviewing AOTA PDFs and supplementing things I didn't feel as confident with Therapy Ed. However, if there was one thing I realized, it was you really can't study for clinical application. Yes, you can memorize and know facts well, but knowing what to do with that knowledge is a different story. Studying for the test, I realized that I was able to learn critical clinical competency from the program and all the amazing professors. And I feel like that was a huge factor in being able to pass the NBCOT on my first attempt.

When I did my second FWII rotation I was with 5 other OT fieldwork students. Being around them, I realized I was better prepared for the experiences I was faced with throughout fieldwork. I knew TTUHSC prepared us well, but seeing it in comparison to another school made me all the more thankful for the skills and knowledge I was able to learn at such an amazing program.

It is bittersweet being done with OT school. Finally getting to be able to go out and implement my skills as a new therapist is so exciting!

All of the professors have made lasting impacts not only on us, the students, but every client we interact with over our careers.

Sydney Betcher

OTR, Class of 2021 Occupational Therapy Program

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Sandra Whisner, Program Director Doctor of Occupational Therapy
Sandra Whisner, PhD, OTR
Program Director