The next paradigm shift in occupational therapy education: the move to the entry-level clinical doctorate

George Theodore Brown, Jeffrey L Crabtree, Keli Mu, Joseph K Wells

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The occupational therapy profession in the United States is considering another shift in the level of entry-to-practice education. Currently, all accredited U.S. occupational therapy education programs offer graduate entry master?s degrees or clinical doctorates. In 2014, the American Occupational Therapy Association Board of Directors published a position statement supporting the idea of moving all entry-level occupational therapy education programs to the clinical doctorate level by 2025. This article provides an overview of the proposed reasons for doing so and the potential impact of this move on future students, education providers, clients and families, employers, and third-party payers and funding bodies along with the implications for the occupational therapy profession internationally.
Original languageEnglish
Article number2462071
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal of Occupational Therapy
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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