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What You Learn

You specialize in the rewarding field of occupational therapy, going beyond the master’s degree. Students are admitted in the Summer II semester as a cohort and earn their degrees over 11 semesters.

  • Study the foundations of occupational therapy, research methods and specialized coursework

  • Spend six months in supervised fieldwork in a clinical setting, plus a 14-week doctoral residency program

  • Complete a capstone project

  • Study advanced courses in pediatrics, adult rehabilitation, and psychosocial practice

  • You also learn to master skills in research, administration, advocacy and more

Admission Requirements

Tuition and Fees

If you have admissions questions, contact Graduate Admissions at or (908) 737-4724.


Claire Mulry, Associate Professor

Occupational Therapy Doctorate

Application Deadline
December 1


Claire M. Mulry, OTD, OTR/L, CAPS, FAOTA
(908) 737-5850

NBCOT Pass Rate

Upon successful completion of academic preparation and level II fieldwork experiences, students are eligible to take the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc. (NBCOT) exam. Kean has had a 100% pass rate for the inaugural  OTD graduates, with 5/5 passing on the first attempt. The current pass rate is 92.5% with 11/12 passing.

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Progression, Retention and Graduation

Once qualified applicants enter the doctoral program, the faculty is committed to seeing that students successfully complete the program in a timely manner. In 2018, the inaugural year of the OTD program, we admitted seven students; 5 students or 71% successfully completed the 3-year sequence and graduated. Two of the doctoral students decided to change programs and graduated with a Masters in Occupational Therapy in 2020. In the second cohort 100% of students completed their degrees and  graduated on time 

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The entry-level occupational therapy doctoral degree program is accredited 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 Graduates of the program 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.

Tuition and Fees

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