Program Timeline

Program Timeline

With a long and rich history of health sciences education, Des Moines University is committed to the success of the OTD program and its future students.

Intended OTD program timeline

Des Moines University’s intended OTD program timeline is as follows:

  • The OTD Program was approved by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) in May 2022
  • The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) reviewed our application and has granted Candidacy Status to the DMU OTD program.
  • In August 2023, DMU’s inaugural OTD Class of 2026 will begin courses on the brand new, state-of-the-art, interprofessional campus in West Des Moines.
  • In fall 2024, the OTD program will complete a Report of Self-Study for pre-accreditation review by ACOTE, to ensure successful accreditation. This will follow with on-site evaluation in fall 2025.
  • ACOTE will review to grant Accreditation Status in December 2025, in advance of DMU’s OTD Class of 2026 beginning their doctoral capstone.
  • In May 2026, DMU’s inaugural OTD Class of 2026 will graduate and sit for their NBCOT examination.

Please contact our Admissions team with any questions or requests for additional information.

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