Occupational Therapy Doctorate

Occupational Justice. Transformational Growth. Innovative Partnerships.

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Marissa Kocher
Adult & Graduate Enrollment Coordinator

Thanks for your interest in Roberts! I can help answer any questions you have about the program and the admissions process. Feel free to schedule an appointment with me below or call or text me at 585.454.9077.

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*On-campus tours and Meet with the Program Director are being planned pending pandemic guidance.

Our applicant entry-level Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (OTD) program is committed to transforming you to become a spiritually mature, service-oriented direct care provider, consultant, educator, manager, leader, researcher, and advocate for the profession and the consumer.

Become an occupational therapist who promotes the health, well-being, and quality of life for all persons, groups, and populations.

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Program Details

Standard Completion Time: 3 years

Program Credits: 111 credits

Accreditation: ACOTE Applicant Program*
(See our status)

When Can I Start?

Next Start Date:

August of 2021 pending NYS & ACOTE approval.

  • August 30, 2021
    In person only

The Doctor of Occupational Therapy program holds classes on the Roberts Wesleyan College campus in North Chili. Limited housing accommodations are available to students requiring lodging for the duration of the degree program.

Student Activities

  • Lighting Ceremony
  • Community Events
  • Clinical Specialty Clubs
    • Occupational Justice
    • Hand Therapy
    • Pediatrics
    • Kinesiology in Occupations 

*The Roberts Wesleyan College entry-level Occupational Therapy Doctoral degree program has applied for accreditation 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 and its Web address is www.acoteonline.org. This program is pending the approval of the New York State Education Department. (See our accreditation status).

Program Highlights

  • Degree Completion and Masters degree tuition frozen at 2020-21 rates!

  • Low student to faculty ratio

  • Specialized lab technology

  • Hands-on, experiential learning

  • Community immersion

  • Clinical Fieldwork I and II

  • Individualized Capstone project and experience

  • State-of-the-art facilities in Crothers Science and Nursing Center

We welcome you to apply to our Applicant Entry-level Occupational Therapy Program at Roberts Wesleyan College.

The admissions process examines not only the applicants’ academic qualifications but also evidence of capacity for an advanced level of competence and reflection in meeting the demands of a changing multicultural society.

Admission is open to all qualified persons, both young adults who have just completed their undergraduate studies as well as second career adults. We also seek those students who align best with and have an interest in our college mission and faith-based occupational therapy practice – a distinctive of our program.

Jayne Knowlton, OTD, OTR/L, CAPS
Director of the Occupational Therapy Program

Career & Employment Outcomes

“OTDs stand out- They are clinical practitioners and educators; they are more likely to own their own businesses and be involved in scholarly research and presentations/publications, and many receive awards and grants for their work. (Smallfield, Flanigan, & Sherman, 2019)”

  • Occupational therapists (OTs) treat patients across the lifespan who have injuries, illnesses, or disabilities through therapeutic use of everyday activities or “occupations."
  • OTs are interactive, non-sedentary professionals who work in hospitals, clinics, home health services, universities, industries, or private practice. 
  • Occupational therapists typically have a master’s degree in occupational therapy, although many schools are transitioning to doctoral programs. All states require occupational therapists to be licensed.
  • Employment of occupational therapists is projected to grow 18 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations.
  • The median annual wage for occupational therapists was $84,270 in May 2018.

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Career Outlook

The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) has identified the following emerging practice areas which are addressed throughout the OTD Curriculum. 

  • addressing the psychosocial needs of children and youth
  • design and accessibility consulting and home modification
  • driver rehabilitation and training
  • ergonomics consulting
  • Health and Wellness consulting
  • low vision services
  • private practice community health services
  • technology and assistive device development and consulting
  • Welfare-to-Work services
  • Ticket-to-Work services

While these areas have been identified by AOTA and are part of the Centennial Vision, opportunities for developing emerging practice areas are boundless with a OTD degree and OTR credentials.

As an inclusive profession, occupational therapy maximizes health, well-being, and quality of life for all people, populations, and communities through effective solutions that facilitate participation in everyday living.

Pillars of Vision 2025:

  • Effective: Occupational therapy is evidence based, client centered, and cost-effective.
  • Leaders: Occupational therapy is influential in changing policies, environments, and complex systems.
  • Collaborative: Occupational therapy excels in working with clients and within systems to produce effective outcomes.
  • Accessible: Occupational therapy provides culturally responsive and customized services.
  • Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity: We are intentionally inclusive and equitable and embrace diversity in all its forms.

Vision 2025 builds on the work of the Centennial Vision to guide the profession beyond its 100 year anniversary in 2017. Pillars help further define and communicate the Vision’s core tenets to key stakeholders, including OTs, OTAs, educators, students, consumers, policymakers, and the general public.


The Roberts Wesleyan College entry-level occupational therapy doctoral degree program has applied for accreditation 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 and its Web address is www.acoteonline.org. We anticipate receiving candidacy status in spring of 2021 and would accept our first class of students in fall of 2021. 

The program must be granted Candidacy Status, have a pre-accreditation 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).


The National Board For Certification In Occupational Therapy, Inc. (NBCOT) is a national not-for profit organization that provides certification for occupational therapy professionals.  NBCOT develops, administers, and continually reviews its certification process based on current and valid standards that provide reliable indicators of competence of occupational therapy practice. The National Certification Examination for the occupational therapist is administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT®). More information on the certification examination can be found at https://www.nbcot.org/.

After successful completion of this exam, the graduate will be an occupational therapist, registered (OTR).In addition, all states require licensure to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT certification examination. A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT Certification examination or attain state licensure.

Program Outcomes

Program outcomes will be available with the first graduating class slated for May of 2024.

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Program results from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT®) can be found online at https://www.nbcot.org/en/educators/home#schoolperformance, and will be available in May of 2024.