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Bachelor's + Doctorate in Occupational Therapy

Whitworth's Doctor of Occupational Therapy program enables you to save time and money by completing the curriculum for your bachelor's and doctoral degrees in an intensive, accelerated, full-time format. New students can complete the requirements for both a bachelor's degree (three-year pre-occupational therapy undergraduate phase) and a doctoral degree (three-year professional phase) in six years.

If you've already completed some college credits, you can transfer into the program to complete your bachelor's and doctoral degrees in as little as four years.

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Degree Snapshot
B.A. in Health Science, Pre-OT and OTD 
Program Format In-person with clinical rotations
Undergraduate Admissions Deadline March 1
Completion Time New Students: Six years
Transfer Students: As little as four years

How It Works

The Bachelor of Arts in Health Science, Pre-Occupational Therapy, curriculum integrates requirements for your undergraduate degree with those for your graduate degree, shortening the time it takes to earn a doctoral degree. This degree option is best for students who are committed to occupational therapy or who might be considering other healthcare careers.

After enrolling in the pre-occupational therapy major at Whitworth, you'll complete the majority of your undergraduate major requirements during the pre-professional phase of your program. Then you will begin taking the three years (professional phase) of the doctoral-level coursework leading to your OTD, pending successful application into the OTD program.
Whitworth's B.A. in Health Science, Pre-Occupational Therapy, is specifically designed to prepare you for successful entry into an accredited, graduate-level occupational therapy program. This major includes all prerequisite courses for a Doctorate in Occupational Therapy at Whitworth.

Enrolling in Whitworth's OTD Program

Students wishing to enroll in the 3+3 program will apply to the occupational therapy doctorate portion of the program by Jan. 1 of the year prior to beginning the occupational therapy coursework. For a typical undergraduate student, this would mean an application would be submitted by Jan. 1 of the junior year of undergraduate studies. Please click here to apply on the Whitworth OTD page using OTCAS. If you are accepted into the OTD program at Whitworth, you will enroll in occupational therapy courses during the fall semester of your senior year.

If you have general questions about the Whitworth OTD program, please call 509.777.4442 or email