Occupational Therapy (OTD)

Doctor of Occupational Therapy

About This Program

Admissions Contact

Danielle Clough
Senior Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions
(413) 748-3729

Program Contact

Scott McNeil
Program Director, Chair, and Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy
Department of Occupational Therapy
(413) 748-3785

Curriculum and Delivery

Start Dates and Duration

  • Start in September (Fall semester)
  • Courses are offered full- or part-time
  • Full-time complete in 3 years
  • Part-time options available

Paying for Your Education

BS to OTD Option

Are you looking for our undergraduate pre-occupational therapy program? Springfield College also offers a BS in Health Science: Pre-OT to OTD you can complete in six and a half years.

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Thursday, October 26, 2023, at Noon or 5:30 p.m. EST


OT Activities of Daily Living (ADL) labs in the Health Science Center.

The Springfield College Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) allows you to engage in a mix of classroom and laboratory work, while also experiencing group projects, and fieldwork experiences. As a student, you will become practiced in entry-level occupational therapy theory, evaluation and treatment techniques, clinical reasoning, research, teaching skills, management, and teamwork.

As a doctoral student, you will be required to take a capstone project and gain experience in the community under the guidance of the capstone coordinator, a site supervisor, and a faculty mentor. The capstone is a 14-week experience arranged in close collaboration with the student based on professional goals and interests.

Graduates of the OTD program will be eligible to take the board exam, become licensed, and work as an occupational therapist. 

Employment opportunities for occupational therapists are expected to increase 14% through 2031, faster than the average for all occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. With a degree in occupational therapy, you can have an in-demand and fulfilling career. Our graduates work at schools, universities, government agencies, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, community-based settings, and in many other settings across the country.  

How to Apply:

Prerequisite Courses

The prerequisite courses include:

  • Anatomy and Physiology, I and II courses with labs (must be taken within the past 5 years) (6-8 credits total)
  • Natural science course with lab (3 to 4 credits)
  • Abnormal Psychology course (3 credits)
  • Lifespan Development/Developmental Psychology course (3 credits)
  • Statistics (3 credits)
  • Sociology or Anthropology course (3 credits)
  • English and writing intensive courses (6 credits total)

Admissions Requirements

Applications for the OTD must be submitted through OTCAS.

In order to be considered, applications must be complete in OTCAS by the January 1 program deadline. Materials required are: Personal Statement, Resume, Official Transcripts, Letters of Recommendation. 

International Applicants

All international applicants from non-English speaking countries are required, in addition to the items listed above, to submit:

  • Proof of English language proficiency by way of the TOEFL or IELTS. Other tests may be accepted on a case-by-case basis. Please refer to our language requirements for more information on acceptable tests, minimum scores, exemptions, and conditional acceptance. If your undergraduate degree was earned in the United States and you successfully completed college-level English, we will consider English language proficiency met.
  • Please note: Transcripts must be in English. If the transcript is not in English you will be required to submit a professional credential evaluation completed by any member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). For this we recommend SpanTran, with its customized portal for Springfield College applicants. World Education Services or Josef Silny & Associates, Inc. are also recommended for your credential evaluations.

The staff in the Office of International Admissions can assist you with questions you may have about enrolling at Springfield College as an international student by emailing intladmissions@springfieldcollege.edu.

Application Deadlines

Domestic Students:

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis as space is available.

International Students:

  • Application and Supporting Materials Deadline: May 1
  • Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education

    c/o American Occupational Therapy Association
    6116 Executive Boulevard
    Suite 200
    North Bethesda, MD 20852-4949

  • Website


Springfield College's entry-level Master of Science in Occupational Therapy is accredited and the entry-level OTD has been granted candidacy status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)

  • National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy

    12 South Summit Avenue
    Suite 100
    Gaithersburg, MD 20877

  • (301) 869-8492 (fax)

  • Website

Certification and Licensure

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 the 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. 

Coming 2023

The New Health Sciences Center at Springfield College

The new Springfield College Health Sciences Center will empower transformative approaches to education, career enhancement, service, research, and leadership in healthcare. The Center will build on the success of the School of Health Sciences, and ensure its standing as the leading choice for the finest students, faculty, and staff.

An architect's rendering of the health science center at Springfield College

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Student Employment

Work on our campus to earn money while pursuing your graduate degree.

Employee Partnerships

Employees of our partnerships are eligible to receive a $5,000 or $10,000 partner grant.