Post-Professional Occupational Therapy Doctorate

Transform into an agent of change.

The Post-Professional Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) is designed for practicing registered occupational therapists who want to merge their experience and practical skills with contemporary professional knowledge and scholarship.

The program enables registered occupational therapists to advance their skills to become future leaders and evidence-based scholars of the profession. The degree can be completed in five semesters online with minimal on-campus requirements tailored for the working professional.

Courses run in online modules of varying duration. Students are required to attend a one-week, on-campus class offered during the summer as well as the Symposium Day at the end of the curriculum. Attendance at the on-campus orientation is also recommended.

The online program offers an opportunity for practicing occupational therapists to continue their education without interrupting their careers. The pace of the program permits steady accumulation of skills that can be applied immediately to the workplace. Practitioners develop refined skills allowing increased specialization and direct practical application. This program is designed to further the American Occupational Therapy Association “Vision 2025” by creating practitioners who are equipped to lead the profession to meet society’s occupational needs and to be “agents of change” within their communities and the occupational therapy profession.

Application Deadline: August 19
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Curriculum Overview

The occupational therapy doctorate is a 32-credit program. The curriculum prepares students for leadership roles with courses focusing on fundamental theory, ethics, policy, advocacy and critical inquiry of scholarship. Professional focus courses allow you to delve deeper into topics such as community-based services, environmental adaptations, the adult health care continuum, and leadership as it applies to higher education, program development and business. All students are required to attend a one-week, on-campus class offered during the summer, as well as the symposium day at the end of the program.

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Upon completion of the Occupational Therapy Doctorate program, students will demonstrate the following competencies:

  1. Leadership: Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of leadership skills.
  2. Advocacy: Synthesize knowledge of health care policies and systems to be an advocate at an individual, group and population level.
  3. Evidence-Based Practice: Critique clinical practice based on current theoretical concepts and evidence within the clinical literature.
  4. Research: Contribute to occupational therapy clinical research and scholarship.

Currently holding a bachelor's degree and interested in pursuing doctoral level study? Our online certificate of advanced graduate studies in occupational therapy (CAGS) program will help you meet the requirements that you need in order to begin the occupational therapy doctoral program. Successful completion of this program will also provide you with a standalone certificate that you may use to further differentiate yourself as a leader in the field.

Learn More about the CAGS Certificate & Bridge opportunity

Both the graduate and undergraduate programs at Quinnipiac University's School of Health Sciences have earned a reputation for excellence in education. Top practitioners and scholars help students thrive – both in the classroom and online. The lessons and mentoring opportunities afforded by this program can give students a definitive edge as they pursue their careers in a growing health care industry.

School of Health Sciences graduates are recruited by top organizations that seek their advanced knowledge of health care research and associated skills.

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