Doctor of Occupational Therapy

Community-Focused, Student-Led, Faculty-Driven.

The OTD Program is currently admitting students for our next class beginning in January 2020. Applicants are admitted on a rolling basis. Apply early! The Rocky Mountain College (RMC) Doctorate in Occupational Therapy (OTD) Program prepares students to become clinicians, educators, researchers and leaders in the profession through engaged, experiential and evidence-based educational opportunities. The RMC OTD program is run by diverse, distinguished faculty in a facility custom-designed for Occupational Therapy essentials.

Located in Billings, Montana which is a city that serves as the medical hub for a geographic region larger than the state of Texas. Through interdisciplinary therapeutic approaches and community engagement, the RMC OTD program empowers students to address critical local and regional needs while in the program, so in the future they may excel in addressing needs wherever their degree takes them.


  • Brand-new building, including new: cadaver labs, adaptive equipment, and home-environment labs
  • Entrepreneurial seminar series on developing your own occupational therapy practice
  • 14 week Doctoral Experiential Internship
  • ACOTE granted the Rocky Mountain College OTD Program Candidacy Status on August 14, 2018

Hands-On Learning from the Start

"We started clinical practices within our first month as students. We’re learning things most programs don’t tackle until year two. All aspects of the program fit together and line up perfectly. I couldn’t be more satisfied with our progress."
Joe Cangialosi, OTD student from Wayne, New Jersey

Active in the Field

Department News

Measuring Occupational Performance

This summer, in the program’s “Measuring Occupational Performance” class, students learn how to select, assess, and analyze data collected from a wide variety of standardized and non-standardized tests and evaluations. Students learn population-specific assessments that prepare students to engage pediatric, adult, and mental health clients. For each population, student groups apply one or more assessments to real-life standardized patients, using the information collected to score and interpret the data. Read more

Hands-On Learning

"Our program is for hands-on learners who want to be completely comfortable with what they’re doing. It’s one-hundred percent face-to-face."
Dr. Kirchen, Ph.D., OTR/L, CLA OTD Program Founding Director


Discover where you belong.

Fieldwork education is a crucial part of professional preparation. The RMC OTD program has strategically integrated Level I and Level II placements as a component of the curriculum design. The RMC OTD fieldwork experiences promote clinical reasoning and reflective practice in a variety of settings across the lifespan.

Learn more about the fieldwork experience

Where do Occupational Therapists work?

  • Hospitals
  • Schools
  • Long-term Care/Skilled Nursing Facilities
  • Outpatient Clinics
  • Community Health Organizations
  • ...and more!
Learn more about OT