What we are

The Doctor of Occupational Therapy program is a 105 credit, capstone-based, cohort-designed professional doctoral degree program culminating in student eligibility to sit for the national certification examination to obtain state licensure.

We provide an active learning, professional curriculum with blended didactic, clinical education (fieldwork), service-learning and capstone components designed to meet the accreditation standards of the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education.


Our goal is to meet the needs of diverse individuals, communities, and populations and lead teams in health management, maintenance, and promotion and illness, injury and disability prevention.

The Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program is designed to graduate diverse, intellectually inquisitive, and innovative occupational therapy practice leaders, advocates, and scholars, who, through their understanding of the relationship of occupation, health, and well being gained through rigorous didactic and clinical academic pursuit, find scientifically grounded practical solutions to the everyday occupational needs of society. 

This rigorous academic program teaches effective clinical decision-making skills to prepare healthcare providers capable of treating diverse clients across the lifespan. Through its collaborative network of strategic partnerships involving regional healthcare, educational, and community-based infrastructure, the program leverages in-class didactic learning with service learning (civic engagement) and practicum experience to improve the health and well being of the citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. 

Our vision is to be recognized as an inclusive program that cultivates diverse leaders, advocates and scholars in healthcare, education and research that serve the right and need of society to participate in occupations that give life meaning and improve health and well being of individuals, communities, and populations in the metropolitan Hampton Roads region of Virginia, our nation and the world through inquiry, collaboration, and innovation. 

The Doctor of Occupational Therapy program embraces an interprofessional and collaborative education approach involving all healthcare and rehabilitation professionals who use scientific principles and evidence-based practice for the diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment of acute and chronic diseases, the prevention of injury and disease prevention for individuals and communities, and the promotion of optimum health, wellness, and quality of life for populations. As a Minority Serving Institution, the program provides students from diverse backgrounds expanded opportunities to become healthcare professionals and builds a more diverse healthcare workforce in the region. 

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Program Highlights

  • Occupation-centered curriculum focused on building practice scholars and leaders.
  • Emphasis on active and engaged learning within the Hampton Roads community.
  • State-of-the-art teaching and learning facilities designed for collaborative learning, simulation, and practice.
  • Interdisciplinary rehabilitation clinic dedicated to advanced patient care and student learning.
  • Holistic admissions process focused on diversity and inclusive opportunity.
  • Faculty and community partners dedicated to excellence in teaching, research, and service.
  • Opportunities for interprofessional learning and service as well as pathways to leadership and research.

Student Learning Outcomes

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Promote health and wellness

Promote the health and wellness of individuals, groups, and populations through occupational engagement with holistic, patient-centered, occupation-based and evidence informed practice.

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Advance the practice of occupational therapy

Advance the practice of occupational therapy through comprehensive knowledge of the profession’s theoretical and evidentiary base.

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Influence traditional and emerging practice markets

Influence traditional and emerging practice markets through leadership and advocacy opportunities and creative, collaborative and innovative problem solving.

Information Sessions

These sessions are designed to answer your questions and introduce you to some of our faculty. 

Wednesday 7/10 7 – 8 p.m - https://odu.zoom.us/j/93008400923?from=addon

Monday 8/12   7 – 8 p.m - https://odu.zoom.us/j/91743935537?from=addon

Tuesday 8/27  Noon – 1 p.m. - https://odu.zoom.us/j/96799318485?from=addon

Tuesday 7/16 - 5 – 6:30 p.m.

Thursday 8/15 - 5 – 6:30 p.m. 

For all sessions, please pre-register using this link.