Doctoral program in Occupational Therapy planned for Huntington

Huntington animation student Briana V. Head works on her curriculum in Peoria. [Submitted photo]

Huntington University will launch its Doctoral Program in Occupational Therapy on the Peoria campus at 8385 W. Mariners Way.

The new launch will be an expansion of the occupational therapy program (OTD) on the university’s campus at Parkview Randallia in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Since Huntington currently operates its Arizona Center for Digital Media Arts in Peoria, the Arizona occupational therapy program will share the Center’s facilities.

“The current OTD Program in Fort Wayne attracts a number of students from the west coast,” Dr. Beth O’Rourke, assistant director of academics, associate professor of OTD and acting director of the Arizona OTD program, stated. “With the university’s unique mission, combined with the success and strong programming in Fort Wayne, there is a natural fit for the OTD program to expand to Peoria.”

The Arizona Doctoral Program in Occupational Therapy plans to begin OTD classes in January 2021 for a cohort of 32 students. In the meantime, the university is making arrangements to hire a full-time program director, academic fieldwork coordinator, faculty, and an administrative assistant.

Huntington University completed Step 1 of the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) Letter of Intent. Submission of Step 2 Candidacy Status Application will be submitted by April 15, 2020. The self-study will be submitted to ACOTE by March 1, 2022, for the next level of review. Candidates and students have an opportunity to have this further explained by phone or in person during an on-site visit.

Huntington University’s OTD program began in 2014 and has been ranked No. 1 out of 450 OT schools in the U.S. by In 2016, the OTD program was granted full accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education of the doctorate degree for the next seven years.

For more information on Huntington University’s OTD, visit .



What: HU Arizona Visit Day

When: 5-6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 25

Where: Huntington University, 8385 W Mariners Way, Peoria

More Information: 480-939-5074

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