Doctor of Occupational Therapy

     Message from the Founding 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 thinking, 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 [email protected] or attend one of our Open House events.


    Dr. Hughes

     Message from the Director of Clinical Education

    The purpose of the Clinical Education Department is to assist the program director in the planning, development, site procurement, site coordination, execution of contracts, and adherence to accreditation standards in relation to all curricular aspects of fieldwork and doctoral capstone experiences. The department consists of the Director of Clinical Education, the Academic Fieldwork Coordinator, the Doctoral Capstone Coordinator, and the Clinical Education Administrative Assistant. The goal of this team is the relentless pursuit of quality, evidence-based driven collaborations with fieldwork educators in a multitude of practice settings across the country as well as support students in identifying and developing a doctoral capstone project that has personal value and meaning. Our team will work with each student to find the best fit and experience that provides the greatest learning opportunities to enhance the student's ability to be the best entry-level practitioner upon graduation.


    Dr. Lewis


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    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 2019

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    U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 18% increase in employment from 2018-2028

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    Median annual wage of over $84,270 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: $10,200 per semester (degree total $91,800) *tuition and fees are subject to change. For complete tuition and fees go to:  Tuition and Fees
    Accreditation Status: Applicant Program


     Upcoming Virtual Information Sessions

    More sessions to be announced soon.  In the meantime, please reach out to [email protected]



    The entry-level occupational therapy doctoral degree program has applied for accreditation 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

    The program must be granted Candidacy Status, 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.

    Students must complete Level II fieldwork and experiential requirements within 24 months following completion of the didactic portion of the program.

    For more information on the OTD program contact:
    [email protected]