Drake University’s Occupational Therapy Program ranked #1 in Iowa and in the top 20% of all programs nationally in the 2024 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Graduate Schools.” Drake’s score in the rankings was 3.1 on a 5-point scale, placing it 53rd out of 263 programs.

This recognition underscores the program’s unwavering dedication to providing exceptional education and fostering excellence in healthcare. Known for its academic rigor and commitment to preparing future leaders, Drake University continues to uphold its reputation with the Occupational Therapy program standing out as a beacon of excellence. By offering a comprehensive curriculum that blends theoretical knowledge with hands-on experience, the program ensures that its graduates are well-equipped to meet the evolving demands of the healthcare industry.

Chuck Phillips, interim dean of the College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences, expressed his pride in the program’s achievement, stating, “The recognition of Drake University’s Occupational Therapy program as the top in the state and one of the top in the nation is a reflection of the hard work and dedication of our faculty, staff, alumni, and students. We are committed to providing a rigorous and innovative curriculum that prepares our graduates to excel in their careers and make a difference in the lives of others.”

Drake University’s commitment to excellence in education and research has long been acknowledged, and this latest accolade for the Occupational Therapy program further solidifies its position as a leader in the field. Through a combination of cutting-edge research, practical experience, and a focus on compassionate care, the program continues to produce graduates who are not only highly skilled but also dedicated to making a positive impact in their communities.

As Drake University celebrates this milestone, it extends its gratitude to all who have contributed to the success of the Occupational Therapy program. With a steadfast commitment to excellence, the university looks forward to continuing its tradition of producing exceptional healthcare professionals who will shape the future of occupational therapy.

For more information about Drake’s College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, visit drake.edu/cphs.

The complete U.S. News & World Report ranking list, as well as explanations of ranking methodologies, can be found on the U.S. News & World Report website.