Entry-Level OTD

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Change the Status Quo

The Entry-Level Doctor of Occupational Therapy (eOTD) program at the George Washington University (GW) prepares graduates to be leaders and agents for social change on a community and global scale. Students will develop the knowledge and skills to become an excellent practitioner to deliver entry-level, evidence-informed occupational therapy and ensure occupational justice and inclusive engagement in society. The foundational knowledge and leadership skills gained will empower people and communities across the lifespan and promote full inclusivity.

The GW eOTD program is a full-time for eight semesters in a convenient hybrid format for students without a license in OT and who want to become occupational therapists.

If you are interested in pursuing a career in OT, or looking to change career paths, and desire a new way of thinking, communicating, and providing care, the GW eOTD program will be a perfect fit for you!
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A Community-Based Program

The GW eOTD program strives to create a community between its students and the world around them. Our curriculum is rooted in fieldwork opportunities throughout our nation's capital and reflects our belief that occupational therapy should empower people and communities. We prepare students with the knowledge and experience that they need to advance occupational therapy into the future.

Hybrid Education

Students have the option to live anywhere; however, they are required to be on-campus, one week per month, for hands-on and experiential activities to develop the clinical competencies for occupational therapy practice. The small class size enables students to engage in critical thinking activities that facilitate effective clinical decision making and problem solving. Faculty members use innovative teaching strategies which will integrate clinical experiences to facilitate learning and content retention throughout the curriculum and beyond. 
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We believe people achieve health and well-being when they participate in life activities and are included in the fabric of society. We believe occupational therapy should empower people and diverse communities for meaningful engagement in life activities that promote inclusion and human flourishing in society.
The GW OT program prepares graduates to deliver evidence informed occupational therapy with a global reach, who advocate for the profession, and become leaders whose leadership demonstrates a commitment to ensuring occupational justice and inclusive engagement in society.
The GW OT program aspires to diversify occupational therapy, using our location in the nation's capital to develop practitioners who innovate and address the unmet occupational needs through collaboration with local, national, and global communities.


Program Highlights

Apply with any Bachelor's Degree

No specific major required

No GRE Requirement

No standardized test scores required


Doctorate Degree in 8 Semesters

Enter the workforce fully prepared


Hybrid Format

One week on-campus each month

Advanced Facilities

In downtown Washington, D.C.


Educators and Scholars


Program Accreditation & National Certification

The GW eOTD program has applied for accreditation and has been granted Candidacy Status from the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). 

The program must have a pre-accreditation review, complete an on-site evaluation, and receive accreditation status before graduates will be eligible to sit for the occupational therapist national certification examination administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).

After successful completion of the exam, a graduate will be an occupational therapist, registered (OTR). In addition, all states require licensure to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. If accredited, graduates are eligible to take the national licensing exam which meets licensing requirements in the jurisdictions listed here. Applicants from jurisdictions not listed should inquire about requirements for licensing in that jurisdiction. 

A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education
6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200
North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929
(301) 652-AOTA