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Applications are currently being accepted NOW for the cohorts beginning January 2024 and January 2025 on a rolling admission basis. Applications are processed in the order received (first come first serve basis) with admission offers made within a month of submitting applications. Please see the admissions tab below for information on how to submit your application.

NKU offers an Innovative learning environment focused on Excellence in Occupation-Centered Practice, Collaborative Engagement, Professionalism, and Leadership. Students will experience a cutting-edge curriculum. If you choose NKU, imagine yourself…

  • Engaging with faculty who nurture student critical thinking, intellectual curiosity, self-reflection, and professional growth.
  • Participating in high fidelity Level I Fieldwork simulations at NKU’s Center for Simulation Education, named one of the world's top-tier learning places for practicing real-life health care situations by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare.
  • Collaborating with colleagues in over 5,200 square feet of lab space at the $105,000,000 Health Innovations Center.
  • Developing advanced leadership, marketing, and management skills with experts at the NKU Hail US Bank College of Business.
  • Cooperating interprofessionally to support and encourage the contributions of occupational therapists and other team member in optimizing client outcomes. Please explore the options at NKU for nurturing the occupational therapists inside you.

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The entry-level occupational therapy doctoral degree program has applied for accreditation and has been granted Candidacy Status 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 The program must have a preaccreditation 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). 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.

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