Accreditation & Outcomes

JWU’s Entry-Level Occupational Therapy Doctorate Degree program is designed to enable students who have earned a baccalaureate degree — and have completed specific prerequisites — to enter the profession of occupational therapy. Students receive an entry-level practice degree at the clinical doctoral level.

The doctoral degree in the profession includes extensive education and training in normal development, structure, function and impairments in body systems and body functions, and participation problems, concerns and solutions.

There is also work focused on advanced practice including clinical reasoning, occupational therapy theory, evidence-based practice, research, and advocacy and leadership.

Graduates are prepared to work with individuals, groups, communities and populations to implement programs inclusive of occupational therapy services. Inter- and intraprofessional education and practice models are emphasized. The culminating project is the degree outcome.

Upon completion of the program, graduates are expected to:

  • Assist clients with maximizing health, well-being, and quality of life through interventions that support normal human development and functioning.
  • Provide effective client-centered solutions utilizing evidence-based practice.
  • Facilitate and support client participation in occupations.
  • Practice collaborative leadership as an OTD professional.

Individual states may require specific licensing or professional certification in addition to earning a degree in order to practice in the field. For more information, please visit the Licensure & Professional Certification Disclosures page of the catalog.


The Johnson & Wales University Entry-Level Occupational Therapy Doctorate Program has applied for accreditation and has been granted Candidacy Status 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.

The program must have a preaccreditation review, complete an on-site evaluation, and be granted Accreditation Status before its 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). 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.