School of Allied Health Professions

Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program at a Glance

Degree: Doctorate of Occupational Therapy
Program length: 3 years  |  Delivery: Full-time, on-site, live day classes
Class size: 26 students/year
Deadline to apply: Oct 15  |  Start term: Summer  |  Application: OTCAS

No GRE score is required for admission.

The Occupational Therapy program offers a graduate degree leading to a Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD). The Doctor of Occupational Therapy program has been granted Preaccreditation Status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 7501 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 510E, Bethesda, MD 20814. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its web address is



Benefits of getting your degree at LSU Health Shreveport

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What does the Program entail?

The Doctor of Occupational Therapy program curriculum is comprised of 3 years (119 semester hours) of coursework on-campus at LSUHS and off-campus at practice sites within and out of the state. Included in these semester hours are six months of Level II Fieldwork and a Capstone Experience.  All Level II Fieldwork must be completed within 24 months following completion of didactic course work.



Why choose a Career in Occupational Therapy?

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.

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
2020 Median Pay*  $86,280 per year 
 $41.48 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


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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.

Doctor of Occupational Therapy