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.



Application DEADLINE: June 7, 2024

CLASS OF 2026 STARTS:  August 26, 2024


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

Upcoming Faculty Presentations:


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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Amy Sadek, PhD, OTR/L, DipACLM

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

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

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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.