Doctorate of Occupational Therapy

The Program in Occupational Therapy at LSU Health Shreveport has been approved by the LSU Board of Supervisors and the Louisiana Board of Regents to transition from a Master of Occupational Therapy to the Doctorate in Occupational Therapy. If granted approval by Accreditation Council of Occupational Therapy Education, the first OTD classes will start May 2022. 

CLICK HERE to read more about the proposed curriculum and admissions criteria for the first Doctorate of Occupational Therapy in Louisiana! 

The Master of Occupational Therapy degree program at the LSU Health Shreveport School of Allied Health Professions prepares students to meet the challenges of today’s healthcare system. In the School of Allied Health Professions’ admissions and recruitment processes, we pursue diverse cohorts of students in each program to enhance the learning experiences of all of our students, and foster an open and welcoming environment that promotes inclusion, respect, and compassion. Our record of 100% pass rate on the NBCOT board exam, successful fieldwork placement at prestigious sites all over the country and our above national average on knowledge exams demonstrates our commitment to student-centered instruction. 

The Occupational Therapy Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE’s telephone number, c/o AOTA, is (301) 652-aota and its web address is

Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist, administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the graduate will be an occupational therapist, registered (OTR). In addition, most states require licensure to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of The NBCOT certification examination. A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.


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Role of an Occupational Therapist

Occupational Therapists help people across the lifespan participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities (occupations). Common occupational therapy interventions include:

  • Helping children with disabilities to participate fully in school and social situations,
  • Assisting people who are recovering from injury to regain skills, and
  • Providing supports for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes.

Program at a Glance

Degree: Master's
Accreditation: ACOTE
Program length: 27 months
Class size: 26 students/year
Deadline to apply: Sept 15
Start term: Summer
Application: OTCAS

Career and Practice Settings

Occupational therapy will continue to be an important part of treatment for people with various illnesses and disabilities, such as Alzheimer’s disease, cerebral palsy, autism, or the loss of a limb. In terms of work environment, about half of occupational therapists work in offices of occupational therapy or in hospitals. Others work in schools, nursing homes, and home health services.

Job Outlook for Occupational Therapists

2019 Median Pay*  $84,950 per year 
 $40.84 per hour
Number of Jobs, 2019*   143,300
Job Outlook, 2019-29*  16% (Much faster than average)



*United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics

Persons interested in a career in Occupational Therapy may find the following web sites of interest:
Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education
American Occupational Therapy Association





LSU Health Shreveport strives to cultivate a diverse and inclusive culture that supports equity, acceptance, and respect for the differences in others. The institution is committed to achieving excellence in fulfilling its mission by utilizing the rich talents of individuals who contribute different backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences to the work and learning environment and who reflect the varied populations of Louisiana. As such, the institution adopts a definition of diversity that embraces a broad spectrum of human expression and characteristics that include but are not limited to race, ethnicity, gender/gender identity, social and cultural attributes, abilities, sexual orientation, religion, rural or metropolitan background, military or veteran status, and age. In addition, diversity also includes life experiences, record of service, and other talents and personal attributes that enhance the work and learning atmosphere. LSU Health Shreveport is dedicated to building an inclusive and diverse community through the recruitment, enrollment, hiring, and retention/graduation of students, faculty, staff, and leadership who meet this definition of diversity.

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