HPU | OTD Las Vegas

HPU Doctor of Occupational Therapy - Las Vegas Program

The Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) program at Hawai‘i Pacific University—Las Vegas, will be located southwest of the famous Las Vegas strip, a convenient 15-minute drive from the airport. For on-site lab immersions, the program will boast a brand-new space, specially developed to cater to the needs of the OTD program, complete with an ADL (Activities of Daily Living) suite which will include a functional kitchen, laundry room, and bathroom for the purpose of practical learning. This shared space with the HPU Doctor of Physical Therapy Las Vegas program will promote inter-professional education and collaboration. Las Vegas is a bustling city, known for its views that showcase the beauty of the Western United States, world-class entertainment, and diverse, multicultural population, making it an ideal location for students to reside, work, and socialize. Hawai‘i Pacific University chose Las Vegas to launch their OTD program in part due to the strong cultural ties between Hawai‘i and Las Vegas and the significant influence of Hawai‘i’s tourism on the city’s economy and culture.

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Application DEADLINE: June 7, 2024

CLASS OF 2026 STARTS:  August 26, 2024

ANTICIPATED CANDIDACY FOR ACCREDITATION DECISION: Candidacy granted December 2023, full accreditation anticipated Fall 2025 after onsite review

Academic Calendar with Lab Immersion Schedule 

OTD Inaugural Class of 2026 

Hawai`i Pacific University - Las Vegas  

Year 1 

Course Number & Name  

(Course Credit Legend:  

lecture - lab immersion - fieldwork or capstone) 

(*Indicates onsite component) 

Total Credits 

Term 1/Fall A 2024 

Synchronous Online Orientation c/o 2026 

Aug 22-23, 2024 (Thurs-Fri)

*OT 8110 Emerging Roles of OT (2-1-0) 


8-week Term Begins 

Aug 26, 2024 (Mon) 

OT 8140 Theories and Models of Practice (2-0-0) 


Holiday: Labor Day 

Sept 2, 2024 (Mon)  

*OT 8120 Applied Anatomy and Kinesiology (2-1-0) 


Onsite Lab Immersion (Weeks 4 & 5) 

Sept 16 (Mon) – Sept 28 (Sat), 2024 

OT 8130 Global Human Development and Occupation (2-0-0) 


8-week Term Ends 

Oct 20, 2024 (Sun) 



Term 2/Fall B 2024  



8-week Term Begins 

 Oct 21, 2024 (Mon) 

 *OT 8210 Health and Wellbeing (2-1-0) 



Veterans' Day  

 Nov 11, 2024 (Mon) 

 OT 8170 The Occupational Therapy Process (2-0-0) 


Onsite Lab Immersion (Weeks 4 & 5) 

Nov 11 (Mon) – Nov 23 (Sat), 2024 

 *OT 8160 Applied Neuroanatomy (2-1-0) 




Thanksgiving Break 

Nov 28 (Thurs) – Dec 1 (Sun), 2024 

 OT 8510 Scholarly Practice I (2-0-0) 



8-week Term Ends 

Dec 15, 2024 (Sun) 



Term 3/Spring A 2025 



8-week Term Begins 

Jan 6, 2025 (Mon) 

OT 8640 Professional Leadership and Advocacy (2-0-0) 


Holiday: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 

Jan 20, 2025 (Mon) 

 *OT 8240 Rehabilitation Foundations (3-1-0) 


Onsite Lab Immersion (Weeks 5 & 6) 

Feb 3 (Mon) – Feb 15 (Sat), 2025 

 *OT 8220 Fundamental Occupation Supports (2-1- 0) 


8-week Term Ends 

Mar 2, 2025 (Sun) 

OT 8520 Scholarly Practice II (2-0-0) 


Spring Break  

Mar 3 (Mon) - Mar 9 (Sun), 2025 




Term 4/Spring B 2025  



8-week Term Begins 

March 10, 2025 (Mon) 

 *OT 8410 Level I Fieldwork A:  Physical Rehabilitation (.5-.5-0) 


Holiday: Prince Jonah Kūhiō Kalanianaʻole Day) 

March 26, 2025 (Wed) 

 *OT 8310 Advanced Rehabilitation (3-1-0) 


Onsite Lab Immersion (Weeks 5 & 6): 

April 7 (Mon) – April 19 (Sat) 2025 

 *OT 8230 Neurorehabilitation and Cognition (2.5-.5-0) 


8-week Term Ends 

May 4, 2025 (Sun) 

OT 8610 Population Health (2-0-0) 


Term 5/Summer A 2025  



8-week Term Begins 

May 5, 2025 (Mon) 

 *OT 8420 Level I Fieldwork B:  Children and Youth (.5-.5-0) 


Holiday: Memorial Day 

May 26, 2025 (Mon) 

 *OT 8320 OT for Children and Youth (3-1-0) 


Onsite Lab Immersion (Weeks 5 & 6):

June 2 (Mon) – June 14 (Sat), 2025 (except June 11)  

 *OT 8250 Assistive and Complex Rehab Technology (1.5-.5-0) 


Holiday: King Kamehameha I Day 

 June 11, 2025 (Wed)

OT 8620 Health Management and the Aging Community (3-0-0) 


 Holiday: Juneteenth 

June 19, 2025 (Thurs)



8-week Term Ends 

June 29, 2025 (Sun) 



Term 6/Summer B 2025 



8-week Term Begins 

June 30, 2025 (Mon) 

 *OT 8430 Level I Fieldwork C:  Psychosocial & Community Practice (.5-0-.5) 


Holiday: Independence Day 

July 4, 2025 (Fri) 

 *OT 8330 Psychosocial & Community Practice (3-1-0) 


Onsite Lab Immersion (Weeks 7 & 8): 

Aug 11 (Mon) – Aug 23 (Sat), 2025 

 *OT 8630 Collaborative Care in Complex Systems (2.5-.5-0) 


8-week Term Ends 

Aug 24, 2025 (Sun) 

OT 8810 Doctoral Capstone Mentorship I (3-0-0) 


Year 2 

Course List 



Fall Term 2025   

(No onsite component/lab immersion this term) 



Semester Begins 

Aug 25, 2025 (Mon) 

OT 8710 Level II Fieldwork A (0-0-12) 


Holiday: Labor Day 

September 1, 2025 (Mon) 

OT 8820 Doctoral Capstone Mentorship II (1-0-0) 



Holiday: Thanksgiving Break 

Nov 27 (Thurs)- Nov 30 (Sun), 2025 



Semester Ends 


Dec 14, 2025 (Sun) 



Spring Term 2026  

(No onsite component/lab immersion this term) 



Semester Begins 

Jan 5, 2026 (Mon) 

OT 8720 Level II Fieldwork B (0-0-12) 


Holiday: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 

Jan 19, 2026 (Mon) 

OT 8830 Doctoral Capstone Mentorship III (1-0-0) 


Semester Ends 

May 1, 2026 (Sun) 



Summer Term 2026  



Semester Begins 

May 4, 2026 (Mon) 

OT 8910 Doctoral Capstone Experience (0-0-14) 


Holiday: Memorial Day 

May 25, 2026 (Mon) 

*OT 8920 Doctoral Capstone Project (1.5-.5-0) 



Holiday: King Kamehameha I Day 

June 11, 2026 (Thurs) 



 Holiday: Independence Day (Observed) 

July 3, 2026 (Fri – Observed) 



Onsite Lab Immersion (Week 16)  

Aug 17 (Mon) - Aug 22 (Sat), 2026 



Semester Ends & Program Completion for Class of 2026 

Aug 23, 2026 (Sun) 







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

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


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) 


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)


Immersion and Fieldwork Lab Clothes: $300

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




* 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 Las Vegas campus six times during the first year and once during the final year of the curriculum.

HPU OTD Las Vegas will provide outcomes as this information becomes available.

Upcoming Faculty Presentations:

 The following faculty will be presenting at AOTA Inspire 2024 Conference and Expo in Orlando, Florida March 21-23


Julia Graham, OTD, MFA, OTR/L, 

  • Yoga and Occupational Therapy: A Comprehensive Scoping Review Protocol. American Occupational Therapy Association Inspire 2024 Conference and Expo. Poster. Accepted for March 22, 2024 at 12:30 p.m. EST.

  • Critically Appraised Paper: DARE to MOVE: Feasibility Study of a Novel Dance-Based Rehabilitation Method in Severe Traumatic Brain Injury. American Occupational Therapy Association Inspire 2024 Conference and Expo. Poster. Accepted for March 23, 2024 at 3 p.m. EST  


Susan Lingelbach, OTD, OTR/L

  • You're Just a Number: Understanding Burnout in School-Based OT. American Occupational Therapy Association Inspire 2024 Conference and Expo. Poster. Accepted for March 23, 2024 at 3 p.m. EST.

REcent Faculty Presentations:


Julia Graham, OTD, MFA, OTR/L, 

  • Impact of Universal Design for Learning Principles on Student Learning. American Occupational Therapy Association Ed Summit. Poster. November 10, 2023 at 4:45 p.m. MST.  

Amy Sadek, PhD, OTR/L, DipACLM

  • Integration of Lifestyle Medicine in Occupational Therapy Education. American Occupational Therapy Association Ed Summit. Workshop. November 10, 2023 at 9:30 a.m. MST.  

  • Reconstructing Syllabi: An Inclusive Approach for All Educators. American Occupational Therapy Association Ed Summit. Poster. November 10, 2023 at 4:45 p.m. MST.

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Susan Lingelbach, OTD, OTR/L

  • Occupational Therapy Burnout: It’s Time to Extinguish the Flames and Reignite Passion in Practice. Kansas Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference. Invited Keynote Presentation. September 15, 2023 at 8:00 a.m. CST. 

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  • Preventing Muskuloskeletal Injuries in the Workplace. TravCon. Educational Session. Accepted for September 19, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. PST.
  • Caring for Dementia Patients: Clinical Update. TravCon. Educational Session. Accepted for September 19, 2023 at 3:00 p.m. PST

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REcent Faculty Publications:


Amy Sadek, PhD, OTR/L, DipACLM

Citation: Sadek, A., Billock, C., & Jordan, K. (2023). Health Policy Perspectives—Exploring reimbursement pathways for lifestyle medicine and health promotion services in occupational therapy. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 77, 7703090010. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2023.05025. PubMed PMID: 37272903.

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.