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HPU Doctor of Occupational Therapy - Honolulu Program

Hawai‘i Pacific University’s Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) program in Honolulu is Hawai‘i’s first and only occupational therapy doctoral program. Our urban campus is located in downtown Honolulu's vibrant and culturally diverse community. The lab space is situated at Waterfront Plaza, steps away from the Kakaako restaurant row, beaches, and the Honolulu harbor. The Honolulu campus features a state-of-the-art simulation center, anatomy cadaver lab experience, access to advanced technology for assessment and intervention, real-life apartment space for clinical skill application, and a beautiful dedicated lab space that overlooks the Pacific Ocean.

The curriculum and lab experiences are presented in an educational environment that mimics real-world therapy practices. The Honolulu program offers interprofessional education and collaboration opportunities with the Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant, Nursing, and Social Work programs. Our student experience is enhanced by the unique community partnerships in place which allow students to immerse themselves in Hawaiian culture. Faculty in this program are clinical experts and well-respected leaders and scholars at the locally, nationally, and internationally.

For kamaʻāina, studying at the Honolulu campus allows them to stay in Hawai‘i for school and continue to serve the community upon graduation. 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. 

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IMPORTANT DATES

Application Opens: January 8, 2024

Application Priority Deadline: June 7, 2024 

Application Deadline:  December 2, 2024

Program Start: January 6, 2025

ACOTE Accreditation: Candidacy granted August 2023, full accreditation anticipated August 2025

Spring A 2024 

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 

SPRING BREAK

March 3 - March 10, 2024

Term Begins: 

March 11, 2024 

Holiday: Kuhio Day (Observed) 

March 26, 2024 

Onsite Lab Immersion: 

April 8, 2024 – April 19, 2024 

Term Ends:  

May 5, 2024 

Summer A 2024 

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 

June 3, 2024 – June 14, 2024 

Term Ends: 

June 30, 2024 

Summer B 2024 

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 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 Begins: 

October 21, 2024 

Holiday: Veteran’s Day 

November 11, 2024 

Holiday: Thanksgiving 

November 28-29, 2024 

Onsite Lab Immersion: 

December 2, 2024 – December 13, 2024 

Term Ends: 

December 15, 2024 

Spring 2025 –  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 –  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 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

Spring A 2025 

Virtual Orientation c/o 2026 

January 2-3, 2025 

Term Begins: 

January 6, 2025 

Holiday: Martin Luther King Day  

January 20, 2025 

Onsite Lab Immersion (to include in-person orientation: 

February 2, 2025 – February 15, 2025

Term Ends: 

March 2, 2025 

Spring B 2025

SPRING BREAK

March 3 - March 9, 2025

Term Begins: 

March 10, 2025

Holiday: Kuhio Day (Observed) 

March 26, 2025 

Onsite Lab Immersion: 

April 7, 2025 – April 19, 2025 

Term Ends:  

May 4, 2025 

Summer A 2025 

Term Begins: 

May 5, 2025 

Holiday: Memorial Day 

May 26, 2025 

Holiday: Kamehameha Day 

June 11, 2025 

Holiday: Juneteenth 

June 19, 2025 

Onsite Lab Immersion 

June 2, 2025 – June 14, 2025 

Term Ends: 

June 29, 2025 

Summer B 2025

Term Begins: 

June 30, 2025 

Holiday: Independence Day 

July 4, 2025 

Onsite Lab Immersion 

July 28, 2025 – August 9, 2025 

Term Ends: 

August 24, 2025 

Fall A 2025 

Term Begins: 

August 25, 2025 

Holiday: Labor Day 

September 1, 2025 

Onsite Lab Immersion: 

September 22, 2025 – October 4, 2025 

Term Ends: 

October 19, 2025 

Fall B 2025 

Term Begins: 

October 20, 2025 

Holiday: Veteran’s Day 

November 11, 2025 

Holiday: Thanksgiving 

November 27-28, 2025 

Onsite Lab Immersion: 

December 1, 2025 – December 13, 2025 

Term Ends: 

December 14, 2025 

Spring 2026 – No Onsite for this cohort

Term Begins: 

January 12, 2026 

Holiday: Martin Luther King Day 

January 19, 2026 

Holiday: Kuhio Day 

March 26, 2026 

Term Ends: 

May 10, 2026 

Summer 2026 – No Onsite for this cohort

Term Begins: 

May 11, 2026 

Holiday: Memorial Day 

May 25, 2026 

Holiday: Kamehameha Day 

June 11, 2026 

Holiday: Juneteenth 

June 19, 2026 

Holiday: Independence Day 

July 4, 2026 

Term Ends: 

August 30, 2026 

Fall 2026 

Term Begins: 

August 31, 2026 

Holiday: Labor Day 

September 7, 2026 

Holiday: Veteran’s Day 

November 11, 2026 

Holiday: Thanksgiving 

November 26-27, 2026 

Onsite Lab Immersion:  

December 8-14, 2026 

Term Ends & Program Completion c/o 2026

December 15, 2026

*Fees are subject to change

Tuition

$8,950 per each 8-week term (Year 1 = 6 terms)

$17,900 per each 16-week term (Year 2 = 3 terms)

University required Fees*

One-time graduate orientation fee assessed at program start: $100

All other fees are assessed at the start of Spring, Summer, and Fall terms Year 1 and Year 2 (or a total of 6 times)

  • Technology Fee: $50 
  • Online Care Fee: $20

 

Program Required Fees*

Student Kit: $1000 - one-time fee at program start

Criminal Background Check: $100

Textbooks (estimated, up to $900)

AOTA Membership: $75 Annually

Computer Requirements: (estimated, variable $1,500)

Health Insurance: ($2,500 estimated annually, variable)

Additional Anticipated Student Expenses (Estimated)

Immersion and Fieldwork Lab Clothes: $300

NBCOT Exam Registration (end of Year 2): $550

Travel*

Total Estimated Cost of the Program

$117,420

TUITION

$9,220 per each 8-week term (Year 1 = 6 terms)

$18,440 per each 16-week term (Year 2 = 3 terms)

UNIVERSITY REQUIRED FEES

Orientation Fee: $25 (one-time fee)

Technology Fee: $50 (assessed per 16-week term/6 total terms)

Online Care Fee: $20 (assessed per 16-week term/6 total terms) 

PROGRAM REQUIRED FEES

Student Kit: $600 - one-time fee at program start

Criminal Background Check: $100

Textbooks (estimated, up to $900)

AOTA Membership: $75 Annually

Computer Requirements: (estimated, variable $1,500)

Health Insurance: ($2,500 estimated annually, variable)

ADDITIONAL ANTICIPATED STUDENT EXPENSES

Immersion and Fieldwork Lab Clothes: $300

NBCOT Exam Registration (end of Year 2): $550

Travel*

TOTAL ESTIMATED COST OF THE PROGRAM

$120,185

* Travel costs are the responsibility of the student and varies depending on transportation, lodging type, and food arrangements. The student will be required to travel to the Honolulu campus six times during the first year and once during the final year of the curriculum.

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

ACOTE® accredited occupational therapy and occupational therapy assistant educational programs satisfy the states’ educational requirements in all states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Students graduating from an ACOTE® accredited occupational therapy and occupational therapy assistant educational programs are eligible to take the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) certification exam and apply for licensure in all states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. NBCOT Program data results are available here.

For more information regarding state qualifications and licensure requirements, please refer to the AOTA State Licensure webpage. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

Faculty Scholarship Highlights January 2024 - June 2024

Aloha

2023 ACOTE Standards OTD and OTM Degree Level Program Information Session. 104th Annual American Occupational Therapy Association Conference and Expo: Orlando, FL 

Patty Coker-Bolt

2024 WFOT Leadership and Innovation Award

Jana Cason

2024 AOTA Recognition of Achievement Award

Patty Coker-Bolt

2024 AOTA International Award

Patty Coker-Bolt

2024 AOTA International Award

Michael Falcon

Corcoran, S., Recigno, T, & VanWye, W.R. (2025). Leadership. In W.R. VanWye & D. Lunsford (Eds.), Health system management and policy (1st ed., pp. 158-176). Elsevier.

Tracey Recigno

Pono

Grant application – submitted February 2024; Personnel development to improve services and results for children with disabilities—Preparation of related services personnel serving children with disabilities who have high- intensity needs. Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, Department of Education. Assistance Listing Number (ALN) 84.325R.

Patty Coker-Bolt, Cindy Sears, Tracey Recigno, Jana Cason

Grant application – submitted February 2024; Intensive Therapies in Hawaiʻi and Underserved Regions - Logistics, Training & Outcomes. C-Progress Pilot Studies.

Eme Hart, Patty Coker-Bolt

Coker-Bolt, P. & Hart, E. (2024). Updates on Pediatric Assessment: What You Should Know for Current Practice. South Carolina Occupational Therapy Association: Columbia, SC.

Patty Coker-Bolt, Eme Hart

Hart, E. & Woodbury, M.L. (2024). Balance & visual search strategy in children after unilateral brain damage. Poster. 104th Annual American Occupational Therapy Association Conference and Expo: Orlando, FL.

Eme Hart

Recigno, T.E., Bell, A., Ferraro, M. (2024, March 22). Exploration of student reflections using the Rehabilitation Treatment Specification System (RTSS) as an intervention planning framework. 104th Annual American Occupational Therapy Association Conference and Expo: Orlando, FL

Tracey Recigno

Recigno, T. E., Bell, A., & Ferraro, M. (2024). Exploration of Student Reflections using the Rehabilitation Treatment Specification System (RTSS) as an Intervention Planning Framework. Journal of Occupational Therapy Education, 8 (1). Retrieved from https://encompass.eku.edu/jote/vol8/iss1/18

Tracey Recigno

Grant application - National Network Library of Medicine’s Region 5 Technology Improvement Award

Sabrina Thomas & Jana Cason

Kuleana

Sears, C., Chandley, K., Boyd, A., Blanton, S., & Bishop, E. (2024, March 23). Analysis of lived experiences of caregivers of individuals with chronic Illness. 104th Annual American Occupational Therapy Association Conference and Expo: Orlando, FL

Cindy Sears

Pierce, S. (2024, February). Student admissions: Increasing underrepresented minority populations in the workforce. OT Practice, 29(2), 12-13.  https://www.aota.org/-/media/corporate/files/secure/publications/otp/2024/otp-volume-29-issue-2-february-2024-feelings-of-friendship.pdf

Sharniece Pierce

Pierce, S., & Sears, C. (2024, March 21). Developing a personal trait competency assessment for addressing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the OT admissions process. 104th Annual American Occupational Therapy Association Conference and Expo: Orlando, FL

 

Sharniece Pierce & Cindy Sears

Coker-Bolt, P., Trucks, M.R., & Taylor, S. (2023). Expanding Pediatric Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy: A Mentorship Approach to Train Therapists in Trinidad and Tobago. Presentation, The Association of Caribbean Occupational Therapists (ACOT).

 

Patty Coker-Bolt

McGloon K, Humanitzki E, Brennan J, Summers P, Brennan A, George MS, Badran BW, Cribb AR, Jenkins D and Coker-Bolt, P. (2024) Pairing taVNS and CIMT is feasible and may improve upper extremity function in infants. Front. Pediatr. 12:1365767. https://doi.org/10.3389/fped.2024.1365767

 

Patty Coker-Bolt

 

Walker, M. & Coker-Bolt, P. Promoting access to sport and leisure occupations for children with medical complexities through community partnerships and occupational analysis. 104th Annual American Occupational Therapy Association Conference and Expo: Orlando, FL

Patty Coker-Bolt

 

Compton, R.M., Coker-Bolt, P., & Woody, M. (2024). Complementary health approaches and integrative health’s (CHAIH’s) distinct value in occupational therapy. AOTA Special Interest Section Quarterly, Feb. 2024. https://www.aota.org/publications/sis-quarterly/mental-health-sis/mhsis-2-24

 

Patty Coker-Bolt

Fralinger, C., Coker Bolt, P., Bennett, C., & Craig, S. (2023). Pilot study of animal assisted therapy provided in a student run pro bono clinic. Journal of Student-Run Clinics, 9(1). https://doi.org/10.59586/jsrc.v9i1.386   

 

Patty Coker-Bolt

 

Sears, C. & Keener, A. (2024, January 25). Occupational therapy groups for addressing mental health challenges in school-aged populations: A tier II toolbox. Kentucky Occupational Therapy Association. Richmond, KY

Cindy Sears

Sears, C., Egan, B., Tomsic, P. and Velozo, C. (2024). Item-level analysis of the revised occupational therapy fieldwork performance evaluation applied in practice. Open Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, 12, 145-159. https://www.scirp.org/journal/paperinformation?paperid=133316

 Cindy Sears

Kokua

Cason, J., Collins, M., James, L., & Kaplan, L. (2024, March 21). Navigating academia: Tips from experienced faculty. 104th Annual American Occupational Therapy Association Conference and Expo: Orlando, FL

Jana Cason

Humanitzki, L., Coker-Bolt, P., McGloon, K., Brennan, J., Cribb, S., Brennan, A., Summers, P., Badran, B., George, M., & Jenkins, D. Measuring fidelity of constraint-induced movement therapy delivery with combined neuromodulation (Transcutaneous Auricular Vagal Nerve Stimulation). 104th Annual American Occupational Therapy Association Conference and Expo: Orlando, FL

Patty Coker-Bolt

 

Laulima

Seamon, B. A., Sears, C. L., Anderson, E., & Velozo, C. A. (2024). Defining a universal measurement unit and scale for gross motor development. Frontiers in Rehabilitation Sciences, 5, 1243336. https://doi.org/10.3389/fresc.2024.1243336

Cindy Sears

The entry-level occupational therapy doctoral degree program has applied for accreditation and has been granted Candidacy Status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 7501 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 510E Bethesda, MD 20814. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its web address is www.acoteonline.org. The program must 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.