Welcome to Baylor OTD, Dr. Jose Rafols!

January 27, 2023
Welcome Dr. Jose Rafols

The Baylor University Department of Occupational Therapy would like to extend a warm welcome to Jose Rafols, EdD, OTD, MHSA, OTR/L, BCTS.

Jose Rafols

Dr. Jose Rafols is a licensed Occupational Therapist with 33 years of experience in orthopedics, upper extremity rehabilitation, poly-trauma, traumatic brain injuries, long term care, and wound care. He has also worked in diabetic wound care, outpatient neurorehabilitation, physical medicine & rehabilitation (PMR) centers, and home health.​  

Dr. Rafols serves as a Clinical Lecturer in the Department of Occupational Therapy at Baylor University in the Entry-level and Post-professional OTD programs. Dr. Rafols earned his bachelor’s degree in OT from East Carolina University, his master’s degree in Health Administration from Barry University, his Post-professional OTD degree from Creighton University, and his Doctorate of Education degree from the University of St. Augustine.  

Dr. Rafols has provided instruction, both in-person and online, since 2006 within the United States, Mexico, Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico. Dr. Rafols has presented multiple times at the Florida Occupational Therapy Conference, American Occupational Therapy Conference, and the World Federation of Occupational Therapy Congress in 2018 in Cape Town South Africa. Dr. Rafols is the SIS Chair for Technology at the Florida Occupational Therapy Association. 

Dr. Rafols has taught Occupational Therapy theory and treatment techniques since 2007 and was the founding director of a Post-professional OTD, Entry-level master’s, and Entry-level OTD program. A lifelong learner throughout his career, he has obtained four degrees to leverage both clinical knowledge and didactic learning. 

Dr. Rafols served in the armed forces with distinction for more than 28 years of combined active and reserve duty in the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, and U.S. Army. Dr. Rafols completed a 12-month combat deployment in Eastern Afghanistan where he helped set up on-site clinical rehabilitation and restoration centers for service members with post-blast concussive injuries. ​ He retired at the rank of Major in 2012 in the U.S Army Medical Specialty Corps.