Degree of Excellence: Occupational Therapy at UM-Flint

The University of Michigan-Flint entry-level occupational therapy doctoral degree program has applied for accreditation and has been granted Pre Accreditation 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, ℅ AOTA, is (301) 652-AOTA and its web address is The program must 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.

IMPORTANT NOTICE Completion of Level II Fieldwork (OTP 855 & 865) and Doctoral Capstone Project (OTP 800) must be done within 24 months of academic course work following completion of the didactic portion of the program. All Fieldwork, the Occupational Therapy Knowledge Exam (OTKE), and preparatory activities must be completed before students can begin their 14 week (560 hours) Doctoral Residency. Doctoral Residency may be completed on a part-time basis. Residency placement must meet the specific objectives of the student’s capstone project. No more than 20% of the 560 hours can be completed outside of the mentored residency setting. Prior fieldwork or work experience cannot be substituted for the Doctoral Residency.  

American Occupational Therapy Association
6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200
North Bethesda MD 20852-4929
Telephone: (301) 652-AOTA   

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The University of Michigan-Flint is proud to have the first entry-level Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) in the state of Michigan. The OTD program is a professional (or clinical) doctorate, which is the highest level of academic preparation that an entry-level occupational therapist can obtain. The UM-Flint program preparation for the entry-level OTD exceeds that of an entry-level master’s degree. Being on the forefront of this professional movement allows our students to be among the most coveted graduates regionally and nationally.

Innovative Curriculum
The OTD program at UM-Flint utilizes a learner-centered teaching approach. Incorporating authentic educational activities and experiences, students build their confidence through active hands-on learning. Students also benefit from interprofessional education opportunities with our prestigious Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) and other health professional programs. Occupational Therapy students are able to hone their patient-centered health care practices across disciplines by utilizing the vast experiences in labs, clinics, and community settings.

The University of Michigan Advantage
The UM-Flint College of Health Sciences (CHS) has a valuable partnership with Michigan Medicine in Ann Arbor. This connection allows UM-Flint students access and opportunities with highly-skilled occupational therapy clinicians, and researchers. Guest lectures, clinical placements, and workshops give our students the skills they need to specialize in areas such as spinal cord injuries, stroke, amputations, lymphedema, complications of cancer treatment, and many more.

Trevor Kilgore is the Academic Advisor for Health Sciences. He works with students on an individual plan for completing their course of study in Pre-Occupational Therapy. Send Trevor an email to schedule an advising appointment today.

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