Department of Occupational Therapy

Whether you are an undergraduate student embarking on our accelerated five-year, bachelors to masters program, or a graduate student entering our professional program, we are confident you will gain the knowledge and skills you’ll need to be successful in this exciting and growing health career.
OT Male Student

Students are trained onsite in a variety of fieldwork settings including: pediatrics, psychosocial, and physical settings.


OT Student Strap

Students engage in hands on interactive learning in small lab settings.


OT Healthy Senior Cutting

Seniors in the community work on wellness goals as part of the Healthy Senior Program.


OT Merida

Students travel to Merida, Mexico, as part of a summer experience working in a state of the art pediatric rehabilitation facility.


OT Meadowlands

Newly renovated Meadowlands Hall, home of the Department of Occupational Therapy.



"I work at Cloverdale Healthcare Center, where I completed my level 2 fieldwork and am the Director of Rehabilitation! Thank you for placing me at such a wonderful company and supplying the knowledge and skills from basic Therapy to the Medicare system, without which I would not be where I am now! No other school prepares their students for the business, insurance and program development side of therapy better than Dominican. I would like to give back to the DUOT program by supervising OT fieldwork students of my own."

Cortney McIntosh MS,OTR/L


Occupational therapy is a licensed health and human service profession that helps people gain the skills they need to live lives of meaning and purpose, whatever their age or ability level. Our occupational therapy program offers comprehensive classroom and clinical education in all aspects of practice. You will also learn how to conduct research, design community-based programs, develop management and leadership skills, and implement occupationally focused education for wellness and health promotion.

Our selective program is designed to ensure that you get the attention and support you need to be successful. As a student, you’ll have access to small classes, individual attention from faculty, and academic support resources designed with you in mind. If you enjoy a challenge, there are opportunities for research projects, special fieldwork placements at top rehabilitation facilities, international experiences, and creative program development in community settings.

Our full time faculty members have a wide range of clinical, research and teaching skills. They are joined by adjunct faculty who are practicing clinicians with advanced certifications. All are dedicated to teaching and are motivated to provide you with a dynamic, interactive, challenging and rewarding education.


BS/MS in Health Science and Occupational Therapy
MS in Occupational Therapy

OT Graduation Rates Dominican University 

The total number of graduates from the Dominican University of California Master of Occupational Therapy program during the 3-year period of 2015-2017 was 71, with an overall graduation rate of 95%.



23/21 91%


25/23 92%




Total 75/71 95%



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The occupational therapy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE’s telephone number, c/o AOTA, is 301-652-AOTA. Graduates are certified by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc. (NBCOT).  In June 2010, we received a 10-year re-accreditation from ACOTE.  This accreditation period is only awarded to programs that are in full compliance with all ACOTE standards, and provides national recognition of our program.



The national certification examination for eligible candidates is administered by
The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc. (NBCOT)
One Bank Street, Suite. 300, Gaithersburg, MD 20877
Contact NBCOT: 301.990.7979

The 2016 Exam Pass rate for Dominican University of California was 100%.