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  • Occupational Therapy

    • Bruce Hall, Room 110
    • tel: 610-499-4372
    • fax: 610-499-4277
  • Wendy Wachter-Schutz, OTD, MS, OTR/L

Occupational Therapy

Lead the way as an occupational therapist.

To meet the needs of all generations from infancy to older adults and large shifts in the health care industry, occupational therapy has never been more vital. Occupational therapists assess skills and performance in order to customize treatment programs to improve participation in daily activities.

Widener’s doctor of occupational therapy (OTD) program will prepare you to become a leader in your field through hands-on experiential opportunities and clinical research, supported by relationships with faculty mentors and top health care networks in the Philadelphia area.

Our Mission: Supporting Yours

At Widener, our mission is to help you prepare for success as an evidence-informed, client-centered practitioner.

With inclusivity, civic-mindedness, and rigorous academics at the forefront, you will graduate as a critical thinker prepared to lead the way in your field with a commitment to providing services to diverse populations enabling all individuals the ability to engage in meaningful activities and participate in society. 

How we’ll make it a reality:

Interested in Taking the Next Step?

Explore the admissions process, request information, or apply online via Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS).

ACOTE accreditation logoThe entry-level occupational therapy doctoral degree program has applied for accreditation and has been granted Candidacy Status 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 and its Web address is


The program must have a pre-accreditation 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.