HPU | OTD Honolulu

HPU Doctor of Occupational Therapy - Honolulu Program

Hawai‘i Pacific University’s Doctor of Occupational Therapy program in Honolulu is Hawai‘i’s first and only Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) program. Our urban campus is located in downtown Honolulu at the beautiful Waterfront Plaza and steps away from beaches and the Honolulu harbor. The Honolulu program offers opportunities for interprofessional education and collaboration with the Doctor of Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant, Nursing, and Social Work programs. The campus features a state-of-the-art simulation center and a dedicated lab space overlooking the Pacific Ocean where students will learn from expert faculty with global experience. For kamaʻāina, studying at the Honolulu campus allows them to stay in Hawai‘i for school and continue to serve the community once they’ve graduated. Students not residing in Hawaii, will travel to the Honolulu campus for hands-on learning and the opportunity to experience the natural wonders of Hawai‘i and the unique ‘ohana they’ll join.

IMPORTANT DATES

ACOTE Candidacy for Accreditation Expected: August 2023

Application Opens: January 3, 2023

Application Deadline:  November 30, 2023

Program Start: January 8, 2024

Spring A 2024 – Term 1

Orientation c/o 2025 

January 3-5, 2024 

Term Begins: 

January 8, 2024 

Holiday: Martin Luther King Day  

January 15, 2024 

Onsite Lab Immersion: 

January 29, 2024 – February 9, 2024 

Term Ends: 

March 3, 2024 

Spring B 2024 – Term 2

Term Begins: 

March 11, 2024 

Holiday: Kuhio Day (Observed) 

March 26, 2024 

Onsite Lab Immersion: 

March 25, 2024 – April 5, 2024 

Term Ends:  

May 5, 2024 

Summer A 2024 – Term 3

Term Begins: 

May 6, 2024 

Holiday: Memorial Day 

May 27, 2024 

Holiday: Kamehameha Day 

June 11, 2024 

Holiday: Juneteenth 

June 19, 2024 

Onsite Lab Immersion 

May 27, 2024 – June 7, 2024 

Term Ends: 

June 30, 2024 

Summer B 2024 – Term 4

Term Begins: 

July 1, 2024 

Holiday: Independence Day 

July 4, 2024 

Onsite Lab Immersion 

July 29, 2024 – August 9, 2024 

Term Ends: 

August 25, 2024 

Fall A 2024 – Term 5

Term Begins: 

August 26, 2024 

Holiday: Labor Day 

September 2, 2024 

Onsite Lab Immersion: 

September 23, 2024 – October 4, 2024 

Term Ends: 

October 20, 2024 

Fall B 2024 – Term 6

Term Begins: 

October 21, 2024 

Holiday: Veteran’s Day 

November 11, 2024 

Holiday: Thanksgiving 

November 28-29, 2024 

Onsite Lab Immersion: 

November 18, 2024 – November 27, 2024 

Term Ends: 

December 15, 2024 

Spring 2025 – Term 7 * No Onsite for this cohort

Term Begins: 

January 6, 2025 

Holiday: Martin Luther King Day 

January 20, 2025 

Holiday: Kuhio Day 

March 26, 2025 

Term Ends: 

May 4, 2025 

Summer 2025 – Term 8 * No Onsite for this cohort

Term Begins: 

May 5, 2025 

Holiday: Memorial Day 

May 26, 2025 

Holiday: Kamehameha Day 

June 11, 2025 

Holiday: Juneteenth 

June 19, 2025 

Holiday: Independence Day 

July 4, 2025 

Term Ends: 

August 24, 2025 

Fall 2025 – Term 9

Term Begins: 

August 25, 2025 

Holiday: Labor Day 

September 1, 2025 

Holiday: Veteran’s Day 

November 11, 2025 

Holiday: Thanksgiving 

November 27-28, 2025 

Onsite Lab Immersion:  

December 8-14, 2025 

Term Ends & Program Completion c/o 2025 

December 14, 2025

HPU OTD Honolulu will provide outcomes as this information becomes available.

The entry-level occupational therapy doctoral degree program has applied for accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its web address is www.acoteonline.org. The program must be granted Candidacy Status, have a preaccreditation review, complete an on-site evaluation, and be granted Accreditation Status before its graduates will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.