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Take the first step toward your career today!

Loras College students have early admission and shortened pathways into the accredited St. Ambrose University Doctor of Occupational Therapy program. Occupational therapy education began at St. Ambrose in 1989 and offers Iowa’s first accredited, entry-level doctoral program.

Gain early admission into the OTD program

How Does it Work?

The OTD program uses an innovative hybrid delivery model. This very interactive program includes two years of online and on-campus courses.

  • Degrees earned: Loras College BS/BA, St. Ambrose University OTD
  • Students can gain conditional admission to the St. Ambrose University OTD program as high school or first-year Loras students.
  • Students accepted into the program can complete both degrees in six years through a 3+3 agreement. A 4+3 option is available also.
  • Stay at Loras all six years.

Learn More

Student tuition and fees for the doctor of occupational therapy program are determined by St. Ambrose University. Visit the SAU website for more information about tuition, associated fees, and financial aid.

Visit St Ambrose OTD for more information on the program, the curriculum, and the admissions requirements.


The entry-level occupational therapy doctoral degree program at St. Ambrose University is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).

Student Outcomes

St. Ambrose University doctor of occupational therapy students have excellent NBCOT certification exam pass rates. Visit the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy NBCOT website for student exam outcomes.

Iowa’s Most Historic City

Dubuque is the home of Loras College. Located on the western shore of the Mississippi River, the friendly city of Dubuque boasts adventures of all kinds.

Take in river views on a hike, see live music downtown, or enjoy locally made goods and fresh produce at an outdoor market. We hope you’ll take some time to see the sights while you’re in town for a campus visit.

A Kind and Connected Community

We know it sounds cliché, but this place is filled with doers. Loras students get involved in so many things, including academic organizations, professional societies, student government, spiritual life, service projects, and more.

Loras faculty, staff, and alumni have one goal—to help you achieve yours. They guide you in discovering meaningful and impactful opportunities and set you on a lifelong path of growth and fulfillment.

Top-Tier Academics and Faculty

More than fifty majors, accelerated dual degrees, pre-professional programs, and cutting-edge graduate programs deliver academic excellence inside and outside the classroom—supporting your goals, growth, and learning needs.

Over the last four years, 87 percent of undergraduate students have completed their degree in four years or less.


At Loras, you can pursue what drives you, make a positive impact on the world, and become the best version of yourself.

Explore various academic paths early in your college career, allowing you time to confidently choose a major and graduate in four years.


I could not be happier with my decision to come to Loras.

— Joe Eichhorn, ’22
Belle Plaine, IA