Exciting New Health Science Programs

18%
avg. growth through 2032 in these professions

$84–$126k
avg. median salary range

24 months
or less to complete and start your career

OBU’s new hybrid, accelerated graduate healthcare programs offer you a fast track to a rewarding career in high-demand health professions. Our innovative hybrid model makes these programs highly accessible to aspiring healthcare professionals throughout Oklahoma and the entire nation. Our programs develop well-equipped, faith-forward professionals ready to meet the healthcare needs of our communities.

Benefits of OBU’s Graduate Healthcare Programs

A graduate healthcare degree with OBU will set you on a fast track for a rewarding career where you will serve the healthcare needs of your community.

Hybrid Learning Model

Our hybrid learning model allows you to stay in your own or chosen community while you pursue your graduate healthcare degree at OBU. Hybrid learning in healthcare is an innovative and effective way to learn the knowledge and develop the skills needed to succeed.

Accelerated Path to Your Career

OBU’s accelerated curriculum focuses on the evidence-based knowledge and skills you need and leaves out the things you don’t need. This means you’ll begin your graduate education and step into your new career in two years or less.

Program Information

Doctor of Occupational Therapy

OBU’s hybrid, accelerated Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) program is an entry-level degree that prepares you to be a leader in the occupational therapy profession. You will earn your doctorate degree in two years which is less time than many traditional Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) programs. Occupational therapists work in a variety of settings including hospitals, outpatient clinics, schools, mental health facilities, home health and more.

More information coming soon. Program launches January 2026, with admissions opening January 2025.

Doctor of Physical Therapy

OBU’s hybrid, accelerated Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program is an entry-level degree that prepares you for a career as a physical therapist. You will earn your doctorate degree in two years. Physical therapists can work in a variety of settings including private offices, outpatient clinics, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, patient homes and more.

More information coming soon. Program launches Fall 2027.

Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology (Planned)

OBU’s hybrid Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology (MS-SLP) is an entry-level degree that prepares you for a career as a Speech-Language Pathologist working with all ages on communication and swallowing disorders. Practice settings for SLPs include hospitals, hearing clinics, doctors’ offices, residential facilities, home health and more.

More information coming soon. Program launches Fall 2026, with admissions opening Fall 2025.

Master of Science in Physician Associate Studies

OBU’s hybrid Master of Science in Physician Associate Studies (MS-PAS) is an entry-level degree that prepares you for a career as a physician assistant (PA). PAs examine, diagnose, and treat patients under the guidance of a Medical Doctor and commonly work in hospitals, medical offices, nursing facilities, retail clinics, correctional institutions and more.

More information coming soon. Program launches in early 2027.

An Investment in Your Future

An investment in graduate healthcare education at OBU is an investment in your future as a well-paid healthcare professional in a fast-growing and in-demand field. Our hybrid, accelerated programs means you’ll spend less time in the classroom and begin earning in your new career sooner.

Accreditation Information for Proposed Programs

These proposed programs are pending approval by the Higher Learning Commission.

Doctor of Occupational Therapy

Oklahoma Baptist University’s 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 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.

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Graduation from a physical therapist education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; phone; 703-706-3245; accreditation@apta.org is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states. Candidacy is considered to be an accredited status, as such the credits and degree earned from a program with Candidacy status are considered, by CAPTE, to be from an accredited program. Therefore, students in the charter (first) class should be eligible to take the licensure exam even if CAPTE withholds accreditation at the end of the candidacy period. That said, it is up to each state licensing agency, not CAPTE, to determine who is eligible for licensure. Information on licensing requirements should be directed to the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT;www.fsbpt.org) or specific state boards (a list of state boards and contact information is available on FSBPT's website.

Oklahoma Baptist University is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist education program from CAPTE. The program is planning to submit an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage, on Nov. 1, 2026. Submission of this document does not assure that the program will be granted Candidate for Accreditation status. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status is required prior to implementation of the [professional/technical] phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in [professional/technical] courses until Candidate for Accreditation status has been achieved. Further, though achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status signifies satisfactory CAPTE Rules of Practice and Procedure (22.3.12) 53 progress toward accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation.

Master of Science in Physician Associate Studies

Oklahoma Baptist University’s PA Program has applied for Accreditation - Provisional from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). Oklahoma Baptist University PA Program anticipates matriculating its first class in January 2027, pending achieving Accreditation - Provisional status at the September 2026. ARC-PA meeting. Accreditation - Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students appear to demonstrate the program’s ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards or when a program holding accreditation-provisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the Standards as it prepares for the graduation of the first class (cohort) of students.

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