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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.

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. For more information on NBCOT visit


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The OTD's inaugural class entered the program in 2018 and took the NBCOT exam in 2021. 

To explore NBCOT Pass Rate for OT programs click NBCOT Performance Rate

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 

For the incoming class of 2020, 5 students had their degrees conferred in August 2023 while the remaining 6 students will have their degrees conferred in January 2024.*

Graduation Year  Incoming Year  Admitted  Graduated  Graduation Rate 
2023 2020 11 5 45%*
2022 2019 7 7 100%
2021 2018 7 5 71%**
Total   25 17 72%


*The 2023 graduation rates are a result of the program sequence change. Students in the program at the time of the change had the option to complete the program with either the original or revised sequence. Of the 11 students admitted in 2020- 1 changed to the MS program, 5 graduated in August 2023 and 5 graduated in January 2024. So all students graduated from the OT department (OTD=10; MS=1) and were eligible to sit for the NBCOT exam.

**The 2021 graduation rates of 77% reflects that 2/9 Incoming cohort transferred to the MS program due to life circumstances. All students in the incoming 2021 OTD cohort have graduated from either the MS or OTD program and have successfully passed the NBCOT exam. 

Cougars Climb Higher

At Kean, we believe learning and professional growth extend far beyond the walls of our classrooms. That's why we encourage you to take advantage of a variety of research opportunities, internships and more that we offer to advance your career and set the stage for continued success.


Students complete at least six months of fieldwork in an approved clinical setting.

Occupational therapy students working with clients


Opportunities for research are an important part of an education at Kean.

OT students take part in fieldwork and research.


Beginning in their first semester, students gain clinical experience in community settings such as schools, senior centers, hospitals, nursing homes and camps.

Occupational therapy placement settings include schools


Occupational Therapy graduates have found rewarding positions in a wide range of settings:

  • Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation
  • JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute
  • FOX Rehabilitation
  • Encore Rehabilitation Services
  • Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital
  • HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital
  • University Hospital
  • Intensive Therapeutics
  • Abilities In Action
  • Children's Specialized Hospital
  • Woodbridge Township School District
  • P.G. Chambers School


National certification exam pass rate of Kean graduates for the past several years


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 7501 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 510E, Bethesda, MD  20814. 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

The program costs provided are calculated using the AY2023-2024 tuition and fees. Rates for AY2024-2025 will be determined during the June meeting of the Board of Trustees. It is expected that these rates will be structured on a per-credit basis rather than flat rates.

OTD Estimated Total Costs 2023-2024 (3.5 year program) 

Full-time (9 credits and above): Flat-rate per semester

Resident Status  Tuition Mandatory Fees  Total
In-State 10,755.44 918.50 11,673.94
Out-of-State 13,157.44 918.50 14,075.94


Part-time (less than 9 credits): Per-credit rate

Resident Status  Tuition Mandatory Fees  Total
In-State 846.04 79.27 925.31
Out-of-State 990.66 79.27 1,069.93


Doctoral Clinic Fees 

Full-time (per semester): $718.29
Part-Time (per semester): $361.22

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