Occupational Therapy (OTD)

Coming Fall 2023

The University of Montana is proud to announce that start of Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (OTD) program.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the program has postponed its start day until the Fall of 2023.  However, if you are interested in applying for the program, now is the time to be working on your prerequisites.  Here is a list of required courses that are needed prior to your application to the program: 

  • Intermediate English Composition/Technical Writing (3 hours)
  • Public Speaking (3 hours)
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology with lab (6 hours)
  • General Biology with lab (3 hours)
  • General Chemistry with lab OR Physics with lab (3 hours)
  • Introduction to Sociology, Anthropology, World Religion OR Women’s Studies (3 hours)
  • General Psychology/Introduction to Psychology (3 hours)
  • Abnormal Psychology (3 hours)
  • Human Development Through the Life Span/Developmental Psychology (3 hours)
  • Statistics (3 hours)
  • Medical Terminology (1 hour)

This is a very competitive program. Students must demonstrate a 3.0 cumulative college GPA in all prerequisites.  Additionally, a minimum of 40 hours of volunteer or paid experience in at least TWO different practice environments, under the direction of a licensed occupational therapist, will be required before submitting your application.  Candidates will also be asked to submit three letters of recommendations with their application (at least one of these must be from a licensed Occupational Therapist).

If you have any additional questions about these prerequisites or the start of this program, please contact:

Dr. Valerie Maeker, OTD, OTR/L
Interim Occupational Therapy Program Coordinator