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Occupational Therapy Doctorate Program

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

The OTD Program is currently admitting students for our next class beginning in January 2024. 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.


  • Degree Offered: Entry-level Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)
  • Program Length: 9 consecutive semesters (including summers)
  • Total Number of Credits: 115
  • Cohort Size: 30
  • Program Start: One start per year in January
  • Accreditation Status: Accredited
The Rocky Mountain College Occupational Therapy Doctorate Program is accredited 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) 652-2682, and its web address is WWW.ACOTEONLINE.ORG.

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

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Student-Led Research Opportunities at Rocky Mountain College's Doctorate of Occupational Therapy Program

Are you a future leader in occupational therapy? At Rocky Mountain College's Doctorate of Occupational Therapy Program, you can be part of groundbreaking research and community engagement initiatives.

Our program has secured over $300,000 in grant funding over the past several years, fueling student-led research projects that benefit underserved communities:

- Telehealth for Rural Mothers: Explores maternal healthcare services through telehealth.

- Native American Adolescent Mental Health: Looks at the well-being of Native American adolescents with culturally appropriate interventions.

- Community-Engaged Research: Works closely with communities to tailor services to their needs.

What's more, many student groups enjoy the opportunity to attend national conferences, where they can present their research and gain valuable exposure.

Join us at Rocky Mountain College's Doctorate of Occupational Therapy Program and be part of a community that's making a real-world impact! Explore your future today.

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