National Certification Exam Pass Rate

Excellent graduation rate and NBCOT Certification Exam pass rate

The total number of graduates from the Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program is 68 with an overall graduation rate of 99%. NBCOT Certification Exam pass rate outcome data is 100%.

Graduation YearEntering/GraduatingGraduation RateNBCOT Exam
New Grad Pass Rate
2019 33/32 97% 100%
2020 36/36 100% 100%
2021 37/37 100% 100%

Total - 3 years

106/105 total 99% 100%

Program results from the National Board for Certification of Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) can be found online at  

Our graduate employment rate is also excellent! Over the past three years, an average of 85% of graduates report selecting a position as an OT - in their first choice for a practice setting and also first choice for geographic region - within 4 weeks following graduation! Ultimately 100% of our graduates are employed as OTs!

Master of Occupational Therapy

With the transition from an entry-level masters to an entry-level doctoral program, the final class of masters student graduated in 2018.  The total number of graduates from the St. Ambrose University's Master of Occupational Therapy Program during the 3-year period of 2015-18 was 96, with an overall graduation rate of 98%.

Graduation YearStudents
Graduation RateNBCOT Exam
New Grad Pass Rate
2011 35/35 100% 100%
2012 31/31 100% 100%
2013 30/30 100% 100%
2014 31/31 100% 100%
2015 35/34 97% 100%
2016 32/32 100% 100%
2017 31/30 97% 100%
2018 34/34 100% 100%
(for most recent 3 years)
97/96 99% NA

OT student at playground

Doctoral Student Capstone Projects

Connecting Theory to Practice

Several doctoral students in the Occupational Therapy program created websites that documented their capstone project.

The capstone project solidifies the advanced knowledge students gain through the academic program. Students use the knowledge gained in analysis and synthesis of client factors, context, and environment factors; population needs; and research findings related to their individual interests as they formalize their capstone project that connects theory to practice.


Jill Schmidt, OTD, Program Chair

Occupational Therapy
Center for Health Sciences Education
518 W. Locust St.
Davenport, IA 52804

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