Pursue an in-demand career helping clients accomplish the tasks necessary for everyday work and life. Choose to complete a degree in any major at NDMU while also taking necessary prerequisites to apply to an occupational therapy doctorate program.
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Program Location

Accelerated 3+3 Year BA-OTD Program

The 3+3 Occupational Therapy program is an accelerated pathway for qualified students to earn both a Bachelor of Arts in any major from the Undergraduate Studies and an Occupational Therapy Doctorate degree from NDMU in just six years.

First Three Years

  • Complete all general education & major requirements
  • Earn a minimum of a “B” in all OTD prerequisite courses (a “C” grade in Basic Statistics and Physics Lecture may be accepted)
  • Apply to the OTD program at the beginning of the third year

Year Four

  • Enroll in the NDMU OTD program

Years Five & Six

  • Complete OTD at NDMU
Prerequisite Courses

The following courses are required for entry to the Occupational Therapy Doctorate program at NDMU. Your NDMU advisor will work with you to ensure these courses are incorporated as general education and elective requirements as part of your undergraduate degree plan.

  • Human Anatomy & Physiology I Course and Lab (4)
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology II Course and Lab (4)
  • College Writing (3)
  • Basic Statistics (3)
  • Introductory Psychology (3)
  • Psychopathology OR Abnormal Psychology (3)
  • Human Growth & Development or Developmental Psychology Across Life Span (3)
  • Introductory Sociology (3)
  • Medical Terminology (3)
  • Introductory Physics with Lab (4)

What to Expect Studying at Notre Dame of Maryland University

NDMU healthcare programs share a common focus on compassionate care of patients and consideration for the whole person. We believe these are essential to becoming an effective leader in health care.


One of the hallmarks of the rich educational environment at NDMU is the opportunity to participate in research in your field of interest. Our annual Nancy Kreiter Student Research Day provides the perfect forum to showcase your hard work with a formal research presentation to the NDMU community.

Occupational Therapy Careers

Occupational therapists work with clients of all ages to develop, recover, or improve the skills required to accomplish everyday tasks for living and working.

Upon successfully completing the Occupational Therapy Doctorate program and all licensure requirements to become a professional occupational therapist, graduates can pursue a career working in a variety of settings.

Employment Settings

  • Hospitals
  • Rehabilitation Centers
  • Schools
  • Nursing Homes
  • Retirement Communities