Doctor of Occupational Therapy

Welcome to the Lincoln Memorial

University - Doctor of

Occupational Therapy Program 

Message from the Program Director

Welcome and thank you for visiting the webpage for the Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) at Lincoln Memorial University (LMU). Founded in 1897, LMU has a rich tradition in delivering a comprehensive values-based learning community dedicated to providing quality educational experiences at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels. The LMU OTD program is housed within the DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine- Knoxville campus located in West Knoxville, Tennessee, alongside many other healthcare programs, such as, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) and Master of Medical Science in Physician Assistant Studies (PA).

The innovative LMU OTD curriculum prepares our graduates to excel in their career. The threads woven throughout the curriculum are critical reasoning, client-centered care, evidenced based practice, and collaborative care. Being positioned within a health sciences campus, our students will have many opportunities to learn through interprofessional education. These opportunities will allow students to better understand occupational therapy's distinct value as part of the interdisciplinary healthcare team.

Our faculty is comprised of renowned academicians and occupational therapists, recognized both nationally and internationally for their work as professors, clinicians, and leaders. We are committed in providing our OTD students the best graduate experience possible! Our state-of-the-art facilities will rival those across the nation. Our classroom and laboratory spaces are designed to bridge education and practice, better preparing you for your rewarding career as a Doctor of Occupational Therapy!

Please, feel free to peruse our webpage. If you would like to learn more about our program, please email us at


Dr. Deborah Ruediger

Diverse curriculum provides training in multiple practice areas
Occupational Therapy (OT),
ranked by U.S. News and World
Report, as #11 in "Best Health
Care Jobs" in 2022

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 17% increase in employment from 2020-2030

Median annual wage of over $85,570 according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


Program Overview

Degree Offered: Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)
Program Length: 9 consecutive semesters
Total Number of Credits: 108
Program Start: One start per year in the Summer semester (May)
Tuition: $10,400 per semester (degree total $93,600) *tuition and fees are subject to change. For complete tuition and fees go to: Tuition and Fees


The Lincoln Memorial University Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program is accredited 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 Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE)

Graduates of the program 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.

Students must complete 24 weeks of Level II fieldwork as well as an individual 14-week capstone experience within 24 months following the completion of the didactic portion of the program. The doctoral capstone experience must be started after completion of all coursework and Level II fieldwork as well as completion of preparatory activities defined in 2018 ACOTE OTD Standard D.1.3.


AOTA Gold Student Membership


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