Entry-Level OTD Program

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Alexia Rebne, Admissions Coordinator


Sharon Gartland, Program Director


Rebecca Freitag, Program Admin


Questions About Enrollment?

Contact Darren Martin, our Enrollment Coach

I work with prospective students considering the Entry Level Occupational Therapy Doctorate program. Most people, no matter what program interests them, share many of the same concerns. My favorite part of my work is hearing about a prospective student’s dream of getting the promotion, changing careers, or advancing their expertise. I am here to answer whatever questions you have about UW–Madison and to welcome you into the Badger family.

Contact me directly: darren.martin@wisc.edu or 608/287-4513



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**The Entry-Level Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program begins every year in Summer**

Questions about our program? Check out our FAQ page and/or meet with our Admissions Coordinator and an Enrollment Coach on Mondays for open (virtual) office hours (zoom link in FAQ page).


The UW–Madison entry-level occupational therapy doctoral degree program has applied for accreditation and has been granted Candidacy Status 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 acoteonline.org. The program must have a preaccreditation review, complete an on-site evaluation, and be granted Accreditation Status before its graduates 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 individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.