Facilitating participation in everyday living

The Occupational Therapy Doctorate program at CUAA will prepare you to serve people across the lifespan to improve their lives through the therapeutic use of everyday activities. You will take part in a variety of clinical and community-based experiences which include individual and group treatment sessions in pediatric and adult populations. At CUAA, we prepare uncommon OTs who are ready to serve their communities and clients.

Credits 109
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The Concordia University Ann Arbor Occupational Therapy Program prepares clinicians who are passionately committed to recognizing the dignity of all human beings through participation in valued occupations, resilient and creative problem solvers prepared to rise to the challenges of a changing world.


Graduates of the Concordia University Ann Arbor Occupational Therapy Program will be consistently recognized as highly compassionate professionals with the skills to empower effective change in individuals, communities, and in health care.


The CUAA OT program is designed to prepare graduates to excel within the complexities of both traditional and emerging practice areas.

  • 28 students per cohort
  • 109 credits/3 years of study for post-baccalaureate applicants
  • Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Science (BSRS) to OTD format for incoming freshman allows completion of bachelor’s and doctorate degrees in 4.75 years total
  • Program threads include occupation as a centering concept, spirituality as a lens through which we view the client, professional identity as the foundation of who we are as practitioners, deliberate practice and advocacy as primary tools for addressing occupational performance, and an innovative, engaged, and transformative curriculum design
  • Hybrid program delivery combines structured online learning with hands-on practice both in the classroom and in the community
  • State-of-the-art classrooms, laboratories, and simulation center
  • Twenty-four weeks of full time fieldwork experiences are designed to ensure students achieve the entry-level generalist competencies of the occupational therapy profession
  • Fourteen week individualized capstone project and experience allow students to gain an in-depth exposure to one or more areas of practice
What to Expect
Graduates of the CUAA OT Program will:
  • Recognize the unique spiritual aspect of every individual’s occupational roles, routines, and activities
  • Extend Christian empathy, compassion and dignity based on a reverent view of the unique occupational nature of all human beings
  • Cultivate the professional identity of an occupational therapist based on reflection and positive self-management skills, consistently responding with sound ethical decision making
  • Provide culturally responsive and individualized occupational therapy services
  • Address health and participation disparities among diverse communities and populations
  • Effectively combine principles of science & medicine, interpersonal interaction, teaching & learning, environmental/technology studies, and occupational science to meet the holistic needs of individuals, groups, and communities
  • Apply advanced clinical reasoning and creative problem solving to empower others to overcome occupational barriers
  • Demonstrate a desire for inquiry and a commitment to lifelong learning
  • Articulate and advocate for the distinct value of occupational therapy when working as part of an interdisciplinary team
  • Complete thorough and timely documentation of occupational therapy services to communicate treatment plan/results and facilitate reimbursement of services
  • Select, analyze, and utilize evidence-based practice as an integral part of clinical decision making
  • Contribute to the body of knowledge of occupational therapy through completion of a relevant research study and capstone project
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Accreditation and certification

Click here for details on the accreditation process of occupational therapy education.
Click here for details on the national certification of occupational therapy practitioners.

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