The Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) degree is a professional, rather than a research, doctorate in occupational therapy. It culminates in an individual Capstone Leadership Project in lieu of a thesis or a dissertation. Throughout the process of proposing, implementing, evaluating, and disseminating the Capstone Leadership Project students work closely with our faculty, receiving mentoring and guidance to make each project meaningful and successful.
Combining distance education and on-campus instructional methodologies, the OTD program is designed to appeal to working practitioners who are adult learners. Qualified applicants enter with a BS or BA, or MS or MA in occupational therapy and will take approximately 2 courses a semester to complete the program within 3 to 4 years.


What Will An OTD Help Me Do?
- Obtain leadership positions within and outside the profession of occupational therapy
- Enhance leadership and critical analysis skills in practice
- Analyze research and evidence bases for practice
- Design fundable projects related to current or future practice
- Synthesize current theoretical foundations of occupational therapy