The Entry-Level Occupational Therapy Doctorate (ELOTD) is for students entering with a degree in a field other than OT. As a student, you will experience an exciting program combining a diverse curriculum, research, service learning, and fieldwork.
Tufts Department of Occupational Therapy (also known as the historic Boston School of Occupational Therapy‚ founded in 1918) has one of the country's top-ranked programs. Through education, research, and practice, we promote participation in meaningful activity of individuals, communities and populations with diverse needs and experiences.
As a student in the ELOTD program, you'll develop into an occupational therapist with a passion for civic engagement who is able to address the current and future occupational needs of individuals, populations, communities and health care systems.
As a graduate of the ELOTD program, you are eligible to sit for the NBCOT exam.
All prerequisites must be passed with a grade of B- or better and taken at an accredited college. We do not accept online or hybrid credit for any of our prerequisite course work unless a course was moved to an online format due to the COVID-19 pandemic:
Note: Entry-level OTD applicants apply through OTCAS.
Please contact Jill Rocca, Occupational Therapy Admissions Coordinator, if you have any questions about the application process.
See Tuition and Financial Aid information for GSAS Programs. Note: This program is eligible for federal loans and Tufts tuition scholarships.
*Sources: GSAS-SOE Graduate Exit Survey 2020 - 2021 and Academic Analytics (Alumni Insights)