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Occupational Therapy


Why St. Ambrose?

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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.

Only at Ambrose

  • Drawn by our program's reputation and the success of our alumni, Doctor of Occupational Therapy students graduate with a comprehensive knowledge base and ethical standards for professional practice.
  • The OTD program also has an Assistive Technology Lab that serves as a resource center for students and offers free services to clients and health care professionals.
  • Study abroad options in Ecuador, Brazil, and Ireland also give students the opportunity to learn about the need for occupational therapy outside of the United States and for hands-on experience in making a direct impact.
  • A spirit of cooperation and generosity thrives here, which reflects the quality of life in the Quad Cities and at St. Ambrose.

OTD Program Mission

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.