Doctor of Occupational Therapy

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Student and instructor examining forearm muscles.

Why This Program? 

Briar Cliff's Occupational Therapy program is committed to developing occupational therapists who understand and apply the profession's ethics and are committed to promoting inclusion, equity, justice, and well-being for all. Students can expect:

  1. Small class sizes for individualized, student-centered learning and one-on-one relationships with faculty to support both personal and professional development.
  2. Interprofessional, block curriculum allows for students to focus on 1-2 courses at a time. There are approximately 40 credits that are taken interprofessional with DPT students and other students in health science professions.
  3. Community-centered experiences offered throughout starting in the first year of the program, including the Briar Cliff Clinic, provide hands-on learning and the opportunity to practice what is learned in the classroom.
Career Opportunities for OT

Median Pay

$86,000/year (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics).

Projected Growth

Projected to grow 17% in the next 10 years, a rate much faster than the average for all occupations (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics).


Ranked in the top 20 for the best health care jobs (US News Money).

Health Professional Recruitment Program

The Health Professional Recruitment Program (HPRP) was established to increase the number of athletic trainers, occupational therapists, physicians, physician assistants, podiatrists and physical therapists practicing in high-need communities in Iowa.

The maximum annual award through the state is $12,500 for up to four consecutive years (maximum of $50,000) which is paid toward outstanding Federal Stafford Loan and Grad PLUS Loan balances. In addition, the eligible community/clinic must agree to provide a dollar-for-dollar loan repayment match to state funds. Therefore, the maximum benefit to the graduate is $100,000 over four years. The application will be available through Iowa College Aid beginning January 1 and applications must be submitted by March 31 to guarantee consideration.

Click here to learn more about the program.