The Occupational Therapy Department at St. Ambrose University has the longest history offering an accredited program leading to a registered occupational therapist degree in the state of Iowa. The department opened in 1989 and has remained accredited in good standing as a bachelor and master's entry-level program. The department is now in the first stage of seeking accreditation for an entry-doctoral program.
Built upon that strong foundation, the OTD curriculum, which requires three years of coursework that includes fieldwork and internships, emphasizes occupational justice and occupational participation for people of all ages and abilities. Each student develops an advanced area of knowledge and skill concluding in a final doctoral project and internship experience.
The St. Ambrose University Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) Program develops ethical, innovative, and sensitive health professionals engaged in life-long learning who serve as socially responsive individuals dedicated to optimizing the occupational participation of others in a diverse and global society.