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PC's Occupational Therapy Degree Program can prepare you for a career in occupational therapy.

The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) granted candidacy status to the Presbyterian College Occupational Therapy Degree Program in  August 2020. The accrediting body also authorized the OTD program to admit its first-ever cohort of students in January of 2021.

As a PC student, you can earn your doctoral degree at the only private college in South Carolina that offers a graduate-level degree in OT. PC is one of only two schools in South Carolina that offers the degree.

The OTD Program That's Focused on Service

The OTD program is PC’s third graduate degree program. All of the graduate degrees are in healthcare. The other two programs are the Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy and the Physician Assistant Studies Program.

All three programs continue the liberal arts college’s focus on service. Founded in 1880, PC has always sought to serve the needs of the community. The OTD program continues this tradition of helping those in need.

And, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there is a need for OT’s: the profession is expected to grow much faster than average than other professions over the next several years.

Help Those in Need Live their Best Lives

The mission of the Doctor of Occupational Therapy OTD program at PC is to prepare students to deliver compassionate OT practice. As a PC student, you’ll sharpen your leadership skills, develop a heart for service, think independently, and live up to the highest ethical standards on your way to earning your degree.

Students who complete the program will provide evidence-based client-centered care that remains responsive to an ever-changing global environment. The care you learn to give will be care that increases a client’s engagement in meaningful productive living.

The OTD program builds on PC’s values of service and honor. As a PC student, these values will be instilled and integrated into your learning throughout the three-year program.

How to Begin Earning Your Degree

You must possess a bachelor’s degree to be eligible for admission to the program. Other admission requirements must also be fulfilled to be considered. The program will prepare you for work in any practice setting following graduation and state licensure.

The OT curriculum is deliberately intended to incorporate the contexts associated with occupational therapy service delivery. Course curriculum will place an emphasis on inter-professional education in class and lab settings. Inter-professional activities extend to opportunities for service to the local and regional community.

As a PC student, you’ll have opportunities to observe licensed OTs treat real patients. These opportunities will be pivotal as you gain experience of your own.