Degree Programs

Associate in Applied Science, Occupational Therapy Assistant

Following the merger of Jefferson College of Health Sciences (JCHS) and Radford University in July 2019, we are teaching out the currrent OTA students, admitted under JCHS' 2-year degree program. We will admit one more cohort in the fall of 2020 for a final class of OTA students interested in completing a 2-year Associate's degree program. These students will all graduate with Associates' of Applied Science degrees by May 2022. Graduates of the OTA program are eligible to sit for the Certification Examination for the Occupational Therapy Assistant, administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). Following successful completion of the exam, the graduate will be a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant and gain eligibility for state licensure. The OTA degree program is only offered at the Radford University Carilion site in Roanoke.

We are currently also working towards developing a bachelor level OTA curriculum for interested students, to replace the Associate's Degree program, and will update you on these developments! 

Master of Occupational Therapy

Following the merger of Jefferson College of Health Sciences (JCHS) and Radford University in July 2019, we are excited to offer an MOT degree program in two locations now! Two cohorts will be admitted to the Master of Occupational Therapy (M.O.T.) program each year, one in Radford (RU - Radford University) and one in Roanoke (RUC - Radford University Carilion). Classses begin each fall and prospective students will be able to indicate a location preference during the application process, which cannot be garantueed, however. 

Graduates of the MOT program will be eligible to sit for the Certification Examination for the Occupational Therapist, administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).  After successful completion of the exam, the graduate will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR).  In addition, most states require licensure to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination.  A felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT Certification Examination or attain state licensure.

Doctorate in Occupational Therapy

The Doctor of Occupational Therapy (DOT) program at Radford University Carilion is a post-professional terminal degree designed for currently practicing Occupational Therapists with interests in becoming educators, clinical leaders, program developers and/or clinical researchers. The program is offered in an online delivery format which allows the student flexibility in meeting both their professional and academic goals.