Postprofessional Programs in OT - Doctoral Level Programs



Arizona School of Health Sciences, A.T. Still University of Health Sciences
Department of Occupational Therapy
A.T. Still University
5850 E. Still Circle
Mesa, AZ 85206-3618
Phone: Toll-free at (866) 636-2878 ext. 6070 or (480) 219-6070; Fax: (480) 219-6100
Web page:

Contact Person: Bernadette Mineo, PhD, OTR/L, Director of Post-Professional Online Occupational Therapy Programs;

Degree(s) Offered:  Doctorate in Occupational Therapy (OTD)

Major Area(s) of Study: The primary content focus of the post-professional OTD curriculum is on program development and evaluation and the role of occupational therapy in prevention and in the promotion of health and wellness.

Area(s) of Concentration: The mission of the post-professional OTD program is to enable occupational therapists in any practice area to develop roles and skills beyond that of the therapist-clinician; to educate them to become practitioner-scholars who can translate knowledge (including cross-disciplinary theories and research) into practice and who are capable of serving as agents of change in new and expanded arenas. This mission is accomplished with a keen understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the practicing occupational therapist by offering a two year, part-time online program with consistent faculty mentorship along with a virtual community of peer/cohort support and learning. 

Distance Learning Options: This program is conducted through entirely online. There are no on-campus residency requirements.

Admission Requirements:

  • Initial certification as an occupational therapist from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) and current state-issued occupational therapy license.
  • A master’s degree or higher from a US regionally-accredited college or university.
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 for all prior undergraduate and graduate level coursework and degrees completed; minimum occupational therapy program GPA of 3.25 (on a 4.00 scale).
  • No GRE required.
  • An up-to-date resume or curriculum vitae.
  • A letter of intent providing a description of why the ATSU-ASHS OTD program was chosen by the applicant and how the program aligns with the applicant’s intended career goals.
  • Two letters of professional reference.
  • Interview (conducted via phone or SKYPE, based upon applicant preference) to identify the goodness of fit of the program for the applicant.
  • Official sealed transcripts from all institutions attended.
For further details and for international applicants interested in applying to the OTD program, please visit our website at

Special Features: This OTD program is taught entirely online in predominantly an asynchronous format allowing students to work where and when it suits their schedules. It is supported by an online/virtual library. Students are admitted to the program once per academic year in the Fall Quarter and participate with a cohort group of peers throughout the program.

Developed for the practicing occupational therapist, the program is designed to be completed in two years total, including summers, based upon a part-time plan of study. The program requires a minimum of 48 quarter credit hours (which is the equivalent of 32 semester credits*) and includes the following coursework:

  • Occupational Therapy Doctoral Seminars (24 credits required – six four-credit seminar courses: The Role of OT in Health Promotion and Wellness; Program Development and Evaluation I & II; Strategic and Business Planning; Leadership and Advocacy; Writing for Publication)
  • Electives (8 credits required – two four-credit elective courses – such as: Disability Studies, Organizational Behavior, Policy Analysis, the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning).
  • Doctoral Project (16 credits – eight two -credit doctoral project courses taken in sequence together with one’s cohort of peers throughout the 2-year duration of the program of study)
In addition to coursework, program requirements include completion of the doctoral project and submission of a professional portfolio with artifacts representing the attainment of core competencies.

*It may be helpful to note that the ATSU OTD program is designed and delivered on a quarter system schedule (with four quarter sessions per academic year) whereby, for comparision, 48 quarter hour credits are the equivalent of 32 semester hour credits.

Financial Aid: Financial support, including private and federal loans, is available for students accepted into the Doctorate in Occupational Therapy (OTD) Program at the Arizona School of Health Sciences through the Student Financial Assistance Office. This office assists students in developing a comprehensive financial assistance package based on individual needs. They may be contacted at (800) 626-5266 ext. 2529 or

Institutional Accreditor: The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association;


Loma Linda University
Department of Occupational Therapy
School of Allied Health Professions
Nichol Hall A901
Loma Linda, CA 92350-0001
Phone: (909) 558-4628; Fax: (909) 558-0239
Web site:

Contact person: Julie Kugel, OTD, OTR/L, Program Director, Postprofessional Doctor of OT Program,

Degree(s) Offered: Doctor of Occupational Therapy

Area(s) of Concentration: The capstone project is developed by the student to allow for creativity and innovative programming and research.

Distance Learning Options: Program is fully online.

Admissions: Master's degree from an accredited institution, 6 months of professional experience, current license in occupational therapy.

Special Features: The program is consistent with the mission of Loma Linda University, a Seventh Day Adventist Christian health sciences institution, "to make man whole." Service to mankind is the ultimate goal of a helping profession. By developing advanced skills and expertise, students can increase their effectiveness in program development and implementation, professional knowledge, as well as research and leadership skills.

Financial Aid: Some financial support is available. Contact us for more information.

Institutional Accreditor (Regional): Western Association of Schools and Colleges;

University of Southern California
Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
1540 Alcazar, CHP-133
Los Angeles, CA 90003
Phone: (323) 442-2850; Fax: (323) 442-1540
Web site:

Contact Person: Sarah Bream, OTD, OTR/L; Director of Post-Professional OTD Program,

Degree(s) Offered: Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (OTD); PhD in Occupational Science

Major Area(s) of Study: Occupational Therapy; Occupational Science

Area(s) of Concentration:
OTD: Four leadership tracks provide for the customization of a laser-focused route to achieve academic and professional goals within a specific concentration: advanced clinical practice; research; policy/administration; pedagogy.

PhD: Research - qualitative and quantitative research approaches, translational research, randomized controlled trials, gerontology, development, neuroscience, Lifestyle Redesign

Distance Learning Options: Not available at this time.

Admission Requirements:
OTD: Complete the Graduate Examination Record (GRE) general test within the last five years with a minimum score of 153 on the verbal section, 144 on the quantitative section, and 3.5 on the analytical writing section; evidence of completion of a baccalaureate or master's degree in occupational therapy; GPA of 3.0 or greater.

PhD: Complete the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test within the last five years with a minimum score of 156 on the verbal section and 146 on the quantitative section and 3.5 on the analytical writing section; evidence of completion of a baccalaureate degree; GPA of 3.0 or greater.

Special Features:
OTD: The postprofessional Doctorate in Occupational Therapy (OTD) degree propels occupational therapists from a level of competency to that of advanced clinical expertise, leadership, and practice innovation necessary to serve society and the profession. The USC OTD graduates: practice as master clinicians; contribute to world-class teams of research scientists; educate the next generation of clinicians and scholars; and influence administrative, organizational, and/or public policy.

PhD: The PhD in Occupational Science Program is designed to prepare career scientists who will produce impactful translational research. The hallmark of our program is the immersion of students in research laboratories under the direction of the PhD faculty mentors with extramurally funded research programs. Within these laboratories, doctoral students gain experience in interdisciplinary research and grantsmanship including study design, data collection, data analysis, dissemination, and theory building.

Financial Aid: Traineeships, salaried employment in community teaching assistantships, research assistantships, scholarships, student loan.

Institutional Accreditor (Regional): Western Association of Schools and Colleges;


Colorado State University
Department of Occupational Therapy
1573 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1573
Phone: (970) 491-6253; Fax: (970) 491-6290
Web site:

Contact Person: Matt Malcolm, PhD, OTR, PhD Program Director

Degree(s) Offered: PhD in Occupation and Rehabilitation Science

Major Area(s) of Study: The interdisciplinary PhD in Occupation and Rehabilitation Science program integrates occupational science and rehabilitation science: two highly synergistic academic areas. Occupation and Rehabilitation Science draws upon rehabilitation science’s contributions to understanding human performance, especially as related to function and disability. It also utilizes occupational science’s focus on everyday occupations and outcomes associated with occupational participation among people of all ages and abilities.

Area(s) of Concentration: Cognitive, Motor, Sensory and Neurophysiological Performance; Everyday Occupation, Disability, Rehabilitation and Health; Education from an Occupation and Rehabilitation Science Perspective

Distance Learning Options: Not Available

Admission Requirements: Purpose statement; resume; GRE; bachelor’s or master's degree from an accredited institution preferably in a related field (minimum 3.0 GPA); three letters of reference.

Special Features: Students will complete a highly individualized program in occupation and rehabilitation science decided upon by the student and his or her graduate committee. Each student will be closely mentored by his or her major advisor. Major advisors will be faculty members of the CSU OT department. The focus of the student's dissertation will be related to that of the major advisor’s research.

Financial Aid: Fellowships, scholarships, graduate teaching and research assistantships are available on a competitive basis.

Institutional Accreditor (Regional): The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association;


Quinnipiac University
275 Mount Carmel Avenue
Hamden, CT 06518-0569
Phone: (877) 403-4277
Web page:

Contact Person: Valerie Schlesinger, Director of Admissions

Degree(s) Offered:  Occupational Therapy Doctorate; OTD Bridge Program

Major Area(s) of Study: The occupational therapy doctorate is designed for practicing registered occupational therapists who want to merge their experience and practical skills with prevailing professional knowledge and scholarship. The program enables occupational therapists to advance their skills in order to become future leaders and evidence-based scholars of the profession.

The online program offers an opportunity for practicing occupational therapists to continue their education without interrupting their careers. The pace of the program is designed to further the American Occupational Therapy Association's Centennial Vision by creating practitioners 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.

Area(s) of Concentration: Practitioners develop refined skills in one of three tracks, allowing increased specialization and direct practical application. Each student will designate a chosen track at the end of the first year of study. Tracks are designed to offer the students the ability to focus on a particular area of interest. The three tracks are designed to cover a variety of populations and settings, allowing the student latitude to focus study to a particular area within the track if desired. The tracks are as follows:
1) Children and Youth: Continuum of Participation
2) Environmental Adaptations
3) Adult Healthcare Continuum: Rehabilitation, Community and Wellness

Distance Learning Options: Online

Admission Requirements: Visit Web site for full admission details at

Special Features: All classes are taught be experienced full-time faculty. Student support is provided seven days per week by QU Online which is a part of the university. Support is also offered by a dedicated online librarian, as well as virtual meetings with the faculty.

Financial Aid: Visit Web site for more details:

Institutional Accreditor: New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education;

District of Columbia

George Washington University
Department of Clinical Research and Leadership
School of Medicine and Health Sciences
2000 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Suite 238
Washington, DC 20037
Phone: (202) 994-8229
Web page:

Contact Person: Mary A Corcoran PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, Professor and Program Director

Degree(s) Offered: OTD

Major Area(s) of Study: The GW OTD program addresses the advanced practice needs of occupational therapy professionals who are interested in interdisciplinary care of post-acute and chronic conditions. Post-acute care, which takes place in the home, rehabilitation settings, and skilled nursing facilities, accounted for the largest and fastest-growing category of Medicare spending from 1994-2009 (Chandra, Dalton, & Holmes, 2013). GW’s 36-credit OTD program will develop occupational therapists to contribute to the evidence base across the translational spectrum regarding cost-effective, quality care for individuals following hospitalization. Adding to the evidence base in post-acute care requires working with other stakeholders across the broad spectrum of research, practice, and policy. The GW OTD program trains OT clinician scholars to engage in a multidirectional and interprofessional integration of basic research, client-oriented research, population-based research, and policy - Association for Clinical Research Training (ACRT). Graduates are able to measure and improve health conditions affecting our society, especially in the clinical area of post-acute and chronic care.

Area(s) of Concentration: Post-acute and chronic care; translational science; transdisciplinary practice; quality

Distance Learning Options: Completely online.

Admission Requirements:

Application Deadlines:

• Fall 2014: August 11, 2014
• Summer 2015 and thereafter: April 1

1. Minimum GPA of 3.0.

2. Education Requirements:
For currently practicing occupational therapists:
• Completion of a master’s degree from an accredited entry-level OT program (MSOT); current and active license to practice occupational therapy; or
• Completion of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited entry-level OT program (BSOT) plus a master’s degree in a related field; current and active license to practice occupational therapy.
For students who are currently enrolled in an accredited entry level MSOT program:
• Good standing and completion of at least 30 credits toward the MSOT.

3. Resume

4. Recommendations:
Three letters of recommendation are required and must be submitted through the GW Online Application. At least one letter of recommendation should be from:
• a registered OT describing leadership or scholarship in clinical practice.
Recommendations are not acceptable from family members and friends.

5. Official transcripts:
Please submit an official transcript from every college and university you attended, whether or not a degree was earned, to the following address:

The George Washington University
Health Sciences Programs
Office of Admissions
2100 W. Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Suite 5079
Washington, DC 20037

 All non-U.S. transcripts (including those in English) must be evaluated by an accredited foreign credential agency.

6. Statement of Purpose:
Please include a 250-500 word essay describing your reasons for undertaking study at The George Washington University, your academic objectives, career goals, and related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities, relevant to your program of interest. Include any substantial accomplishments not already mentioned on the application form.

7. English Language Test:
Applicants who are not U.S. citizens are required to submit official test scores for either Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or Pearsons Test of English (PTE) Academic or the academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The following are the minimum scores for admission consideration:
• TOEFL: 250 computer-based or 100 Internet-based
• PTE: overall score of 68
• IELTS: an overall band score of 7.0, with no individual band score below 6.0
International applicants who meet the following conditions may be considered for admission without submitting TOEFL, PTE or IELTS or scores:
• They are a citizen of countries where English is the official language (as identified by GW ISO list of Exempt countries) OR
• They hold at least a bachelor degree from a country where English is the official language as well as language of instruction OR
• They hold at least a bachelor degree from an institution accredited by a U.S. regional accrediting agency.

8. International Applicants:
Due to new U.S. federal government regulations, all international applicants should apply at least six months in advance of the application deadline. Additionally, all international applicants must review the information regarding Visa Requests and Financial Certification.

Selection for Interview and the Interview Process:
The interview process is designed to evaluate each candidate's communication skills, maturity level, match to the GW mission, and his or her understanding of the role of an OT in today's health care environment. Admission interviews can be conducted by phone, skype, or in-person.

Special Features: Faculty drawn from a large adjunct pool of OT leaders as well as an interdisciplinary team of faculty from existing programs in Health Care Quality, Clinical and Translational Research, and Health Sciences (for a description of these programs, go to

Financial Aid:

Institutional Accreditor: Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges;


Nova Southeastern University
Department of Occupational Therapy
College of Health Care Science, Health Professions Division
3200 South University Drive
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33328-2018
Phone: (954) 262-1227; Fax: (954) 262-2290
Web site:

Contact Person:
DrOT: Cathy Peirce, PhD, OTR/L, Associate Professor;
PhD: Kristin Winston, PhD, OTR/L, Assistant Professor;

Degree(s) Offered: DrOT and PhD

Major Area(s) of Study:
DrOT: Advance your career with a distance post-professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy (DrOT) degree. The DrOT program will help prepare occupational therapists to become more effective leaders in the practice of occupational therapy. Graduates will be able to direct occupational therapy and rehabilitation programs, conduct evidence-based practice and outcomes research, develop and lead innovative programs and services in the community, teach, serve as consultants, and provide leadership or influence public and/or institutional policy decisions.

PhD: Or become a scholar and researcher with a distance research doctorate (PhD in OT). The PhD in OT program is designed to prepare OT’s to become researchers, scholars, and leaders in advancing the OT practice base of knowledge. Graduates of this program will be able to conduct independent research, be a scholar, serve as faculty, and become leaders in health care.

Area(s) of Concentration:
DrOT: advanced practice, health policy, and/or leadership. Students are required to complete all core courses, elective courses, a capstone project and paper, and 90-hour clinical residency.

PhD: The PhD degree is a research degree. There are dissertation study, dissertation, and research residency requirements.

Distance Learning Options: Both the DrOT and PhD in OT doctoral programs are offered primarily by distance education; however, there are some on-campus requirements. Students travel to the Ft. Lauderdale campus for a 3-4-day weekend each trimester (for most terms) to start and end each course with their classmates and faculty. Coursework continues online (e.g., readings, writing assignments, team projects, practicum experiences, online discussion boards, live voice chats, or other web-based communication technologies). PhD students, in addition, have an on-campus summer research institute.

Admission Requirements:
DrOT: Minimum GPA of 3.0, the GRE combined score of 800 and an analytical writing of 4.0.

PhD: Minimum GPA of 3.5, GRE combined score of 900, and an analytical writing of 4.5. PhD applicants must have a master's degree. Students must submit three letters of recommendation from professional sources, an application form, a letter indicating their reasons for wanting to enter this program, transcripts, and GRE scores. GRE scores must be less than 5 years old and be in all three areas. In addition, students whose first language is not English, must take all parts of the TOEFL exam.

Special Features:
DrOT: Occupational therapists may enter the DrOT program with a bachelor's degree in OT and a master's degree or 30 credits toward a master's degree or with a master's degree in OT. A DrOT student with a master's degree can complete their doctorate in just over 2 years, part-time.

PhD: The PhD degree program requires a master’s degree for admission, and a minimum of 61 credit hours are required for the PhD degree. Certain PhD core courses are multidisciplinary and will be taken with students from other PhD programs in the Health Professions Division to encourage and enhance future interdisciplinary collaboration and research.

Those who are unsure about distance learning may opt to take a couple of doctoral courses as a non-matriculating student. Non-matriculating students can complete up to 2 courses for credit without completing all of the admissions requirements. A non-matriculating student application will need to be completed, but the GRE, transcripts, and references are exempt for this application.

Our campus is minutes from the famous beaches of south Florida.

Financial Aid: Doctoral students taking at least 3 credit hours are eligible to apply for financial aid, usually in the form of student loans.

Institutional Accreditor (Regional): Southern Association of Colleges and Schools;

South University-West Palm Beach
9801 Belvedere Road
Royal Palm Beach, FL 33411-3640
Phone: (561) 273-6510 or (561) 273-6513; Fax: (480) 219-6100

Contact Person: Jose R. Rafols, OTD, MHSA, OTR/L, Director of OTD Program

Degree(s) Offered:  Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (OTD)

Major Area(s) of Study: Occupational Therapy

Area(s) of Concentration: Occupational Therapy 

Distance Learning Options: Hybrid (blended) format.

Admission Requirements:

  • Submit a South University application and corresponding fee of $50 to the OT Department.
  • Possess a master’s degree in occupational therapy or a bachelor's degree in occupational therapy with a master's degree in a related graduate program (e.g., BSOT and MHSA, MHS, MPH, MSN, MSW, MBA-health track, etc.), or bachelor's degree in occupational therapy without any graduate level education.
  • Hold an maintain an occupational therapy license in the United States, including all of its territories (e.g., Guam, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, etc.).
  • Submit official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended.
  • Submit three Peer Recommendation Forms (*Copy of the PRF is found in the OTD Student Manual).
  • Submit a type-written essay, not to exceed 750 words (*Copy of the Admission Essay Template is found in the OTD Student Manual).
  • Submit a current resume or curriculum vitae.
  • Undergo a program admissions interview, lasting no more than 30 minutes (*Prospective applicants may select to interview in person or via telephone).
Special Features: The program's hybrid curriculum requires four on-campus incentives (OCIs) for collaborative face-to-face meetings with faculty and classmates.

Financial Aid: Financial aid is available for graduate studies; unsubsidized loans and private loans.

Institutional Accreditor: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools;

University of Florida
Rehabilitation Science Doctoral Program
College of Public Health and Health Professions
PO Box 100154
Gainesville, FL 32610-0154
Phone: (352) 273-6085; Fax: (352) 273-6109
Web site:

Contact Person:
David Fuller, PhD, Program Director,
Ellen Esparolini, RSD Student Services (current students),
Amy Ladendorf, RSD Admissions;

Degree(s) Offered: PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences

Major Area(s) of Study: Movement Science, Disability Science

Area(s) of Concentration: Prepares rehabilitation scholars, including skills in research, teaching, and interdisciplinary team work in rehabilitation sciences. Students design their own specialty area within the broad categories of: 1) movement science and 2) disability science.

Distance Learning Options: None at this time.

Admission Requirements: See full details on our Web site:

Special Features: The Rehabilitation Science Program is an interdisciplinary program within the College of Public Health and Health Professions, which also offers programs in:
Clinical and Health Psychology
Health Services Research, Management and Policy
Rehabilitation Counseling
Communicative Disorders
Physical Therapy
Occupational Therapy

Financial Aid: Financial aid support may be available through the following: Fellowships, Charlotte Liberty Scholarship, Research Experience Program, Research Assistantships, Teaching Assistantships, and/or College Research Support. Please see our Web site and contact us for more information.

Institutional Accreditor (Regional): Southern Association of Colleges and Schools;

University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences
Institute of Occupational Therapy
1 University Boulevard
St. Augustine, FL 32086-5783
Phone: (800) 241-1027 or (904) 826-0084; Fax: (904) 827-0069
Web site:

Contact Person: Karen Rathgeber, PhD, OTR/L, Director of Transitional Doctor of Occupational Therapy;

Degree(s) Offered: Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD), Doctor of Education (EdD), Doctor of Health Sciences (DHSc)

Major Area(s) of Study: Neuroscience, Mental Health, Pediatrics, Gerontology, Orthopedics, Academia

Area(s) of Concentration: Customized to individual learner.

Distance Learning Options: Courses are offered in an online format.

Admission Requirements:
OTD Program: All students must be licensed and practicing in OT. For students graduating from the University of St. Augustine's MOT Program: an application, a resume, and previous GPA of 3.0. For students with master's or bachelor's degrees from other institutions: an application, a resume, four recommendations (three professional, one personal), 3.0 GPA.

EdD Program: Admission is open to health care providers who have a master's degree or a clinical doctoral degree, are currently licensed and/or practicing in their profession, and have a minimum of three years of clinical experience. Submit application along with current resume or CV, copy of your professional license, if applicable, two references from professional colleagues, and writing assessment.

DHSc Program: Admission is open to occupational and physical therapists that have a master's degree or a clinical doctoral degree, are currently licensed and/or practicing in their profession, and have a minimum of three years of clinical experience. Submit application along with current resume or CV, copy of your professional license, if applicable, two references from professional colleagues, and writing assessment.

Special Features: Some courses are offered in a weekend seminar format, full and part-time options available, customized course of study, and distance study.

Financial Aid: Some financial support is available.

Institutional Accreditor (Regional): Western Association of Schools and Colleges;


Brenau University
School of Occupational Therapy
500 Washington Street, S.E.
Gainesville, GA 30501
Phone: (678) 707-5000; Fax: (678) 707-5015
Web page:

Contact Person: Louise Dunn, ScD, OTR/L, Director of Doctoral Programs;

Degree(s) Offered:  Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)

Major Area(s) of Study: Advanced Practice; Program Development and Entrepreneurship; Building Evidence in Practice; Teaching and Learning.

Distance Learning Options: Primarily online. One required 2-3 day weekend on-campus each semester.

Admission Requirements: Master's degree in OT or bachelor's degree in OT with at least 30 graduate credits; minimum 3.0 GPA with official transcripts of all college and graduate coursework; licensed and practicing occupational therapist; letter of application stating professional goals; current resume/CV; three letters of reference addressing professional abilities, and academic and leadership potential.

Financial Aid: Two doctoral assistantships available each year.

Institutional Accreditor (Regional): Southern Association of Colleges and Schools;


Governors State University
1 University Parkway
University Parkway, IL 60484-0975
Phone: (708) 534-7290; Fax: (708) 534-1647
Web site:

Contact Person: Melanie T. Ellexson, DHSc, MBA, OTR/L, FAOTA, Associate Professor and DrOT Program Coordinator;

Degree(s) Offered: Doctor of Occupational Therapy (DrOT)

Major Area(s) of Study: The DrOT is a post-professional, advanced practice degree that provides occupational therapists with skills and knowledge to enhance current practice. The program prepares students to be innovators in traditional and emerging areas of occupational therapy. The student will also have the opportunity to develop and/or refine academic and clinical teachings skills. The sequence of courses provides the DrOT graduate with skills to assume leadership in meeting the healthcare needs of clients in a variety of settings and areas of health and human service.

The DrOT will educate occupational therapists for leadership roles in advanced occupational therapy practice as master clinicians, clinical researchers, advocates, managers, and educators. Program graduates will strengthen occupational therapy practice in regional health and human service organizations and promote the evidence-based practice of occupational therapy.

Area(s) of Concentration: A major strength of this program is the student's flexibility to choose their own area of concentration. Students study and develop evidence-based practice models in their particular area of interest.

Distance Learning Options: Courses are offered in a hybrid format with on-campus meetings one Saturday per month. Options for allowing distance participation in the on-campus classes via technology are in development.

Admission Requirements: Applicants with either an entry-level master's of occupational therapy degree or a bachelor's degree in occupational therapy plus an earned master's degree in any field OR applicants with a baccalaureate degree in occupational therapy who have not earned a master's degree*. All applicants must meet the following admission requirements:

  • Graduation from an occupational therapy program accredited by ACOTE. International students must have graduated from a World Federation of Occupational Therapy (WFOT) program.
  • A minimum graduate GPA of 3.0, on a 4.0 point scale.
  • Evidence of current certification from NBCOT. Exceptions will be considered for therapists applying who hold a degree from a program outside of the U. S. if the program meets NBCOT approval.
  • Evidence of current state occupational therapy license or license eligibility. Exceptions will be considered for therapists applying who hold a degree from a program outside of the U. S. if the program meets NBCOT approval.
  • Evidence of successful completion (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) of a statistic course or research methods course within the past five years. Alternatively, one may be taken concurrently with the first semester of graduate coursework.
  • Basic computer competency including word processing and use of the Internet.
  • Application essay.
  • Curriculum vita or resume.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • A personal interview with a graduate program faculty advisor/mentor. This may be conducted by phone for applicants living a distance from the campus.
  • Application Fee.
* Students accepted without a master’s degree must complete a transition sequence.

Special Features: This program offers open admission allowing students to enter the program at the beginning of the fall, spring, and summer semesters. Each student is assigned a research advisor/mentor early in the program to guide the student's course of study. Each of the core courses has been designed to build on the student's particular area of concentration allowing the student to build knowledge and evidence for their capstone research throughout the program.

Financial Aid: Financial aid is available for students. It is recommended that students complete a FAFSA with the university upon enrollment to be eligible for both financial aid and grants/scholarships.

Institutional Accreditor (Regional): The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association;

University of Illinois at Chicago
Department of Occupational Therapy
College of Applied Health Sciences
1919 West Taylor Street, M/C 811
Chicago, IL 60612-7250
Phone: (312) 996-3513; Fax: (312) 413-0256
Web site:

Contact Person:
OTD: Joy Hammel, PhD, Director of OTD Graduate Studies;

PhD in Kinesiology, Nutrition and Rehabilitation Science:
Glen Fujiura, PhD ( or Ziaul Hasan, PhD (, Co-Directors of Graduate Studies

PhD in Disability Studies: Sarah Parker Harris, PhD, Director of Graduate Studies; and Joy Hammel, PhD, Chair of DIS Curriculum Committee;

Degree(s) Offered: Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (OTD); PhD in Kinesiology, Nutrition and Rehabilitation Science; PhD in Disability Studies

Major Area(s) of Study:
OTD: Advanced Therapeutic Practice, Education, and Management/Leadership

PhD in Kinesiology, Nutrition and Rehabiliation: Rehabilitation Sciences (including Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy); Motor Control and Musculoskeletal Biomechanics; Integrative Pathophysiology, Nutrition and Health Promotion

PhD in Disability Studies: Disability Policy and Systems Change; Community-based Participatory Research; Environmental Studies; Participation; Health Policy; Population and Disparities Analyses; Cultural Theory

Area(s) of Concentration:
OTD: The OTD degree is designed for occupational therapists who wish to move into roles as leading clinicians, managers, and educators. The OTD prepares ‘leader scholars’ who are prepared to assume leadership roles in the profession in advanced therapeutic practice, education, and management/leadership. The objectives of the OTD program are to prepare individuals who can: (1) develop, implement, and evaluate programs that apply and integrate theory, research, and best practices; (2) function in leadership roles within the profession and the broader communities in which they work; and (3) fulfill roles as clinical faculty, community and consumer educators.

PhD in Kinesiology, Nutrition and Rehabilitation: Prepares researchers, educators, and scientist-practitioners to conduct applied and/or translational research in a wide range of rehabilitation-oriented settings. The focus for occupational therapy is on occupation-focused, client-centered practice, cultural diversity in healthcare, illness self-management, community-based participatory research, and gerontology. Motor Control and Musculoskeletal Biomechanics Designed to educate students to have a successful career studying and teaching principles of human movement as it applies to both health and disease. Integrative Pathophysiology, Nutrition and Health Promotion Prepares students for successful careers in the inter-related fields of nutrition, metabolism, obesity, exercise, and inflammation.

PhD in Disability Studies: Although there are no formal concentrations, the emphasis on strong mentorship in our program has resulted in the emergence of natural clusters around faculty expertise. For example, faculty/student interest clusters have emerged in aging and intellectual disability, international disability policy, community-based participatory research, disability ethics, health promotion and disability, disability identity, race and disability, disability and the arts, access to higher education, etc. Regarding methods, faculty members specialize in participatory action research, community-based evaluation, secondary data analysis of population-based surveys, literary criticism, intervention studies, and qualitative research methods. To date, these informal interest clusters have worked well, engendering groups of students who work under the same mentor as well as groups of faculty who collaborate on particular prelim and dissertation committees.

Distance Learning Options:
OTD: Most courses are available in blended format (combination of online and in person).

PhD in Kinesiology, Nutrition and Rehabilitation: Not available at this time.

PhD in Disability Studies: Several online courses are currently available in the Assistive Technology concentration (DHD 440: Introduction to Assistive Technology-Principles and Practices).

Admission Requirements:
Admission Deadlines:
OTD: Fall admission - February 15; Spring admission - November 1
PhD in Kinesiology, Nutrition and Rehabilitation: January 1 of the year to which you are applying
PhD in Disability Studies: January 1 of the year to which you are applying

OTD: Proof of certification or eligibility for certification in occupational therapy in the United States, or have an occupational therapy degree from a WFOT approved program outside of the United States. Note: This criterion will be waived for students who are applying to co-enroll in the MS and OTD programs, but these students must successfully complete Fieldwork II and all MS coursework in order to continue on in the OTD program. A GPA (Grade Point Average) of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for the last 60 semester hours earned for the baccalaureate degree and graduate coursework is required. Applicants with a GPA below 3.0, but with strengths in other areas may be considered. The general Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and GRE Writing Assessment Exam which evaluate verbal and quantitative reasoning as well as analytical writing skills are required for admission. The minimum recommended GRE Exam score for the analytical and quantitative sections is a combined score of 300. There is no minimum score for the writing assessment; however, most accepted applicants earn at least a 4 out of 6. Note: keep in mind that the admissions process is highly competitive; however, exceptions are made if the applicant's GPA is sufficiently high to demonstrate adequate academic potential. The OTD program is based on a strong mentoring model, and therefore students must identify a member of faculty with whom they would like to work with in their application package.  Further details are provided on the OTD program website ( The OTD program can be taken full or part time. Students who are full-time will be expected to maintain a course load of at least 12 hours per semester.

Application Procedures:
The following OTD application materials should be mailed to All forms can be downloaded, saved to your desktop, and send as an attachment:
Note: if you are not already a UIC student, you must apply for UIC Professional Admission first. Please visit:

  1. Please complete the Occupational Therapy Application Form found at:
  2. Curriculum Vitae: the CV is a key component of the OTD application package. The CV provides the admissions committee and prospective faculty mentors with a view of your experiences and background, determine your fit with the OTD program and individual faculty mentors, evaluate your readiness for doctoral education, and evaluate your potential for success.
  3. Personal Statement: The personal statement is a critical part of the OTD application, and will allow the admissions committee to determine if there is a good match between your career goals and the OTD program offered at UIC.
  4. Letters of Recommendation: Three professional letters of recommendation will be required for each applicant who is not already enrolled as an MS student. You are encouraged to have at least one referee with a doctoral degree (professional or research) who can address your potential to complete professional doctoral studies. You are strongly encouraged to select referees who can speak to your potential for doctoral study in your areas of focus in the program. Personal references are not acceptable. If you are currently enrolled in the MS program, you will be required to submit one new letter from a source who can address your potential to complete professional doctoral studies, ideally someone with a doctoral degree (professional or research). This person cannot be one of the current OT faculty at UIC. If you are simultaneously applying for both the MS and OTD, in addition to the three checklist forms and letters required for the MS application, you must submit an OTD application form, CV, personal statement and a letter of recommendation. The OTD letter must be from a source who can address your potential to complete professional doctoral studies. It can be from one of your three MS recommenders or a fourth recommender. This person should be an individual with a doctoral degree (professional or research). Letter of recommendation forms are found at:
Admission Process:
  1. The administrative staff person will receive and review the application in terms of their completeness. If any aspect of the application is missing and discovered before the application deadline, the applicant will be contacted once by the administrator and notified of the missing information. If the missing information is received before the application deadline, the application will be treated as complete and forwarded to the admissions committee.
  2. Once an application has been deemed complete, the administrator will notify all members of the OTD program faculty in writing of the names of all received applicants, their desired mentors/advisors, and summarized credentials via a spreadsheet that is maintained by the administrator. The admissions committee will meet and compare each of the applicants in terms of these criteria and determine if the applicant should be recommended for acceptance.
  3. If an applicant is recommended for acceptance, their named mentor/advisor will be consulted and determined whether an interview with the named mentor/advisor will be granted, and/or whether any more information is needed. Since this program follows a mentoring model, it is important that the student identify and contact at least one desired mentor/advisor who is working in his or her desired specialty area in advance to submitting his or her application.
  4. In circumstances where no mentor/advisor has been named, the admissions committee will consult with its OTD faculty to determine who will serve as the mentor/advisor for the candidate, and whether and how the applicant will be funded through the course of the program.
  5. The committee will then make a final decision based on the proposed mentor/advisor's input.

PhD in Kinesiology, Nutrition and Rehabilitation: The PhD in Kinesiology, Nutrition and Rehabilitation degree requires 96 hours past the baccalaureate. In many cases, applicants to the doctoral program already possess a Master of Science degree in a related area. When this occurs, the PhD Program in Kinesiology, Nutrition and Rehabilitation will often accept that degree as 32 of the hours required for the PhD degree. The decision to accept some or all of the 32 hours is made at the time of admission by the Director of Graduate Studies in consultation with the potential advisor of the applicant. A minimum of 64 hours beyond the master's level must be completed at UIC. At least 24 credit hours of 400- and 500-level courses are required. A minimum of 9 credit hours of 500-level courses must be letter-graded courses (A to F), not project, thesis, or independent study, or seminar courses that are graded Satisfactory (S) or Unsatisfactory (U). Students must earn at least 32 hours using a 599 rubric (PhD Thesis Research). Each student will have an advisor chosen from the faculty of the program who will serve as chair for the dissertation committee.

The PhD program is designed primarily as a full-time course of study. Students who are full-time will be expected to maintain a course load of at least 12 hours per semester. Students must complete the program within 9 years from their date of entry for post-baccalaureate students and 7 years for students entering with a master's degree.

PhD in Disability Studies: Applicants will be considered on an individual basis by the Admission Committee for the doctoral program in Disability Studies. Individuals who fail to meet one or more criteria for admission may be admitted conditionally if their applications are otherwise strong and the applicant agrees to work with her/his mentor to address these gaps through courses and other recommended work. To establish a mentor relationship, all applicants for the program are strongly encouraged to meet one or more faculty members whose research interests most closely match those of the student. The coordinator of the PhD program will arrange such meetings for applicants upon request.

In addition to the Graduate College minimum requirements, PhD in Disability Studies applicants must meet the following program requirements:
Baccalaureate Field: No restrictions.
Prior Degrees: A master’s degree is not required but is recommended for admission to the program.
Grade Point Average: At least 3.00/4.00 for the final 60 semester hours (90 quarter hours) of undergraduate study and a minimum of 3.00/4.00 for all work beyond the baccalaureate level.
Tests Required: GRE General.
Minimum English Competency Test Score:
- TOEFL 550 (paper-based); 213 (computer-based); 80, with subscores of Reading 19, Listening 17, Speaking 20, and Writing 21 (iBT Internet-based TOEFL), OR,
- IELTS 6.5, with subscores of 6.0 for all four subscores.
Letters of Recommendation: Three required.
Personal Statement: Required.

Special Features:
OTD: Students often have opportunities to contribute to currently funded research projects.

Financial Aid:
OTD: Research assistantships and traineeships are available. Contact Joy Hammel for more information.

PhD: Some financial support may be available. Contact Glen Fujiura for more information in association with the PhD in Kinesiology, Nutrition and Rehabilitation. Contact Sarah Parker Harris for more information in association with the PhD in Disability Studies.

Institutional Accreditor (Regional): The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association;


University of Indianapolis
School of Occupational Therapy
1400 E. Hanna Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46227-3697
Phone: (317) 788-3500; Fax: (317) 788-3542
Web site:

Contact Person(s): Kim McCain, Admissions Counselor, College of Health Sciences;

Degree(s) Offered: Doctor of Health Science in Occupational Therapy

Major Area(s) of Study: All students complete foundational courses in education, leadership, interprofessionalism, health policy, and writing and research. These are followed by selecting an application major of either education or leadership with the purpose of developing advanced practitioners who are leaders, educators, and scholars in occupational therapy.

Area(s) of Concentration: Beyond a major application in education or leadership, students select a concentration in areas such as hand and upper extremity rehabilitation, neuroscience, advanced pediatric practice, advanced geriatric practice, or health and wellness with an emphasis on evidence to support best practice.

Distance Learning Options: Our program offers a combination of online, hybrid, and didactic instruction. The clinical courses that have didactic instruction require students to be on campus for only one weekend for hands-on instruction.

Admission Requirements: See

Special Features: The program is a 60 credit hour interdisciplinary, cohort-based program of which students can complete at least 75% online. Many clinical courses are taught as hybrid courses which consist of online instruction combined with a weekend of hands-on, didactic instruction on campus.

The program is designed for students to complete in either three years, four years, or up to seven years.

Institutional Accreditor (Regional): The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association;


University of Kansas Medical Center
Department of Occupational Therapy
MS 2003 - 3033 Robinson
3901 Rainbow Blvd.
Kansas City, KS 66160-7602
Phone: (913) 588-7195; Fax: (913) 588-4568
Web site:

Contact Person: Dr. Jeff Radel, Director of Graduate Studies;

Degree(s) offered: OTD in Occupational Therapy; PhD in Therapeutic Science

Major Area(s) of Study:
OTD: Advanced clinical practice preparing professionals for innovative and reasoned practice and leadership. 

PhD: Interdisciplinary research aimed at training independent scientists focused on examining solutions relevant for everyday life. We use a strengths-based approach to problem solving and in the design of our research.

Area(s) of Concentration:
OTD: The academic program is designed to prepare current occupational therapists to become leaders, educators, and innovators to meet the needs of today and in the future. The program recognizes occupational therapists work with diverse populations and in diverse work settings. The educational activities are designed for students to reflect upon their current practices, to use evidence in support of those practices, to strive to apply best practices, to evaluate outcomes critically, and to become leaders in their chosen practice areas.

PhD: The Therapeutic Science doctorate is an interdisciplinary program with an emphasis on understanding the consequences of health conditions for the person, rather than the health condition itself. The educational and research activities are predicated on a belief the interaction of impairment, activity, social participation, and contextual factors provide a basis for understanding the impact of disability on an individual's life. Emergent knowledge can then be translated into strategies to prevent or remove functional impairments, and to minimize disabling processes leading to further impairment and limitations. Students in the Therapeutic Science program will learn the processes of knowledge generation and translation into practice, and lay the foundation for careers as independent researchers with a focus on supporting people with disabilities, their families, and their communities.

Distance Learning Options:
OTD: Courses are taught online. Some elements of the courses are asynchronous and students can participate at any time to complete those online activities through the course web portal. Students in these classes periodically also convene in synchrony, using web-based video conferencing to support real-time discussions. All OTD courses have web-based platforms for managing course activities. Students gather on campus once a year to discuss their practicums and capstone projects.

PhD: The PhD program only is offered locally, meaning students must move to the area to attend this program of study. Web-based learning options are available for some courses and other curricular requirements.

Admission Requirements:
OTD: Graduate School Application/w fee; degree from WFOT-approved, entry-level occupational therapy program; eligible to work as an occupational therapist in country of origin; practicing occupational therapist experience; three letters of recommendation; statement of career goals. TOEFL for international students.

PhD: Graduate School Application/w fee; application statement; statement of interest; Professional Profile; official copy of transcript(s); three letters of recommendation. TOEFL for international students.

Special Features: Each program has been designed to provide professionals with training and academic experience beyond that provided by entry-level programs, and to accommodate individual interests and course of study.

OTD: This program is composed of a series of core courses, a series of interdisciplinary elective courses that suit the goals and interests of that OT practitioner, practicum courses to support skill development, and a culminating capstone project.

PhD: This program is composed of doctoral coursework, research experiences, scholarly writing, and a culminating dissertation. Because this is an inter-disciplinary degree, students have latitude in selecting their course of study and designing work that meets their career goals.

Financial Aid: Research assistantships, scholarships, student loans.

Institutional Accreditor (Regional): The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association;


Eastern Kentucky University
Department of Occupational Therapy
521 Lancaster Avenue
Dizney 103
Richmond, KY 40475-3135
Phone: (859) 622-3300; Fax: (859) 622-1601
Web site:

Contact Person: Dana Howell, PhD, OTD, OTR/L, Coordinator, Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program,; William Aaron, Assistant Online Coordinator,

Degree(s) Offered: Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)

Major Area(s) of Study: Occupation-Based Practice, Diversity, Leadership, and Reasoning

Area(s) of Concentration: Professional development seminars allow students to focus on their own area of concentration in preparation for applied leadership experiences and a capstone project.

Distance Learning Options: The program is fully online with no visits to campus required.

Admission Requirements: A degree from an entry-level occupational therapy program that is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE), certification by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT), a master's degree in any field, graduate research methods course, GRE Aptitude Test (the GRE will be waived if the applicant has earned a graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution), three letters of recommendation for applicants who do not have an MS in Occupational Therapy from Eastern Kentucky University, a one-to-two page statement of professional goals, a resume and/or professional portfolio, transcripts of undergraduate and graduate coursework, online graduate application, admission interview.

Special Features: Applied leadership experiences allow students to engage in advanced evidence-based and occupation-based practice, program development, and innovative intervention areas.

Financial Aid: Financial aid information available at

Institutional Accreditor (Regional): Southern Association of Colleges and Schools;

University of Kentucky
(in collaboration with Eastern Kentucky University, Western Kentucky University and Murray State University)
Rehabilitation Sciences Doctoral Program
College of Health Sciences
Wethington Building, Room 210E
900 South Limestone Street
Lexington, KY 40536-0200
Phone: (859) 218-0860; Fax: (859) 323-6003
Web site:

Contact Persons:
Carl G. Mattacola, PhD, ATC, FNATA, Director of Rehabilitation Sciences Doctoral Program
Richard D. Andreatta, PhD, Director of Graduate Studies

Degree(s) Offered: PhD

Major Area(s) of Study: Occupational Therapy, Athletic Training, Physical Therapy and Communication Sciences

Distance Learning Options: Distance technologies may be used to deliver some portions of the program.

Admission Requirements: For more information please see

Financial Aid: Assistantships available on a competitive basis.

Institutional Accreditor (Regional): Southern Association of Colleges and Schools;


Towson University
Department of Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science
8000 York Road
Towson, MD 21252-0001
Phone: (410) 704-2762; Fax: (410) 704-2322
Web site:

Contact Person: M. Beth Merryman, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, Director, Doctoral Program

Degree(s) Offered: ScD

Major Area(s) of Study: Occupation

Area(s) of Concentration: Science of Human Occupation track, Occupation in Practice track.

Distance Learning Options: Hybrid format: full distance possible.

Admission Requirements:

  • A master's degree from an accredited college or university with an overall GPA of 3.25 in graduate course work; conditional admission with an overall GPA of 3.00.
  • Degree or certificate in occupational therapy from a professional occupational therapy program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education or by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists. A select number of students from other relevant disciplines who do not hold professional certification may apply for admission.
  • Proof of completion of prerequisite coursework.
  • Applicants who are occupational therapists, must maintain licensure to practice occupational therapy to select the Occupation in Practice track.
  • Interview by the doctoral admissions committee.
  • International student must have TOEFL scores of at least 600.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • Letter of Intent describing professional goals in seeking the degree and area(s) of interest/specialization.
  • 250 word statement describing research interests and fit with occupational science.
Special Features:The mission of the Department of Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science is to promote education, research, services that address occupational engagement, participation, and social and occupational justice to support health and well-being of persons, organizations, and populations. Courses can be completed on a full or part-time basis.

Financial Aid: Contact

Institutional Accreditor (Regional): Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges;


Boston University
College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (Sargent College)
Department of Occupational Therapy
635 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215-1605

Program Contacts:
OTD: Karen Jacobs, EdD, OTR/L, CPE, FAOTA, Program Director, Online Postprofessional Occupational Therapy Programs,; Phone: (617) 353-7516; Fax: (617) 353-2926
Web site:

PhD: Gael Orsmond, PhD, Program Director, Doctor of Philosophy in Rehabilitation Sciences Program,; Phone: (617) 353-2729
Web site:

Degree(s) Offered: Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD); Doctor of Philosophy in Rehabilitation Sciences (PhD)

Major Area(s) of Study:
OTD: The post professional OTD program consists of 33 credits, or 10 courses. The student takes one course at a time, while concurrently working on the doctoral project. Each course is seven weeks and students can begin the program at one of three entry points within the year: fall, spring, or summer. Students work with a peer mentor and faculty mentor throughout the duration of the program. The OTD program can be completed in 20 months if no foundation courses are required. Students come on campus to Boston for 1 day at the beginning of the program and 1 day at the end of the program for their doctoral project presentation.

PhD: The PhD program prepares students-with and without professional degrees-for academic careers in research and teaching. Through didactic training and mentored research activities, we train students in the skills necessary to teach in higher education, conduct research, and disseminate scholarly work to peers, colleagues, and consumers. Students specialize in one of three concentration areas, which guide course selection and research focus: 1) Activity, Participation, and Environment; 2) Intervention, Processes, and Outcomes; and 3) Human Movement and Adaptation.

Area(s) of Concentration: Student selects the area of concentration for their doctoral project.

Distance Learning Options:
OTD: All courses are offered in an online format.

PhD: The program is designed for full-time, on-campus study. There are no components offered in a distance education format.

Admission Requirements:
OTD: All applicants must have the following: 3.0/4.0 GPA with no grade below a C; two professional references; evidence of good-to-excellent writing skills in English as documented through professional essays; curriculum vitae; Graduate Record Exam (GRE) taken within the last five years. Minimum scores are: Verbal 153 (500 on the prior 200-800 scale); Quantitative 144 (500 on the prior 200-800 scale); Analytical Writing 4.5. International students whose first language is not English are required to submit scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

PhD: Applicants must have completed at least an undergraduate degree in a related field at an accredited college or university and are required to submit their test scores on the Graudate Record Examination (GRE) General Test (taken within the previous 5 years). International students whose first language is not English are required to submit scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

Special Features:
OTD: World renowned faculty; convenient and flexible coursework; unique peer mentorship model.

PhD: Strong interdisciplinary theory and research focus. The program is built on a mentorship model to develop skills for independent research and teaching, including grant writing, academic presentations, and publication. Academic coursework includes a set of core interdisciplinary seminars, preparation in both quantitative and qualitative research methods, and an individualized program of study related to the student's research focus. Opportunities to participate in multi-disciplinary large scale research programs within the college as well as across Boston University and the larger Boston area academic community.

Financial Aid:
OTD: occupational-therapy/tuition-fees-and-financial-assistance/

PhD: All newly admitted PhD students will receive a five-year offer of support, which will consist of a scholarship to cover tuition and academic fees, and a stipend of at least $20,000 per academic year.

Institutional Accreditor (Regional): New England Association of Schools and Colleges;

Tufts University
Department of Occupational Therapy
26 Winthrop Street
Medford, MA 02155-7084
Phone: (617) 627-5720 Fax: (617) 627-6259
Web site:

Contact Person: Jill Rocca, Recruitment and Admissions, jill.

Degree(s) Offered: Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD)

Major Area(s) of Study: Varied

Area(s) of Concentration: Physical Dysfunction, Mental Health, Gerontology, Education, Administration, Research, Technology, Upper-Extremity Rehabilitation

Distance Learning Options: Not available.

Admission Requirements: Prerequisite coursework, GRE scores (refer to the Web site for specifics).

Special Features: Certificate programs offered.

Financial Aid: Offered.

Institutional Accreditor (Regional): New England Association of Schools and Colleges;


St. Catherine University
2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105-1794
Phone: (651) 690-8767; Fax: (651) 690-4599
Web site:

Contact Person: Kate Barrett, OTD, OTR/L, Associate Professor and OTD Program Director

Degree(s) Offered: Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)

Major Area(s) of Study: The OTD program prepares occupational therapists to best meet emerging challenges in the complex and rapidly changing healthcare environment. Grounded in evidence, students learn to lead and influence systemic change, advocate for occupational justice, and develop expertise in a specialty practice area. The program is 35 credits in length, or 8 courses. Students take one course at a time.

Area(s) of Concentration: The program cultivates ethical, visionary leaders who are prepared to transform occupational therapy practice. Each student will specialize in an area of his or her choosing. Practical applications of course content, personalized guidance from a mentor with expertise in that area, and self-directed study all contribute to a rich educational experience.

Distance Learning Options: Program is fully online.

Admission Requirements: Master's degree from an accredited institution, hold a current state license or international equivalent as a registered occupational therapist.

Special Features: Students identify a specialty area of practice upon admission to the program. Students will further develop and sharpen their focus within the specialty practice area through course work and collaboration with their doctoral advisor. The OTD emphasizes "doing". In the majority of the courses, there is a practical application piece in which students apply the learned material in a project related to his or her specialty practice area of interest.

The doctoral project is an applied culminating project in your chosen specialized area based on evidence and integration of all your post-professional OTD courses. The project will demonstrate theory driven application that will meet a defined need and will advance occupational therapy practice. The outcome of this course is a completed doctoral project including implementation, evaluation, and dissemination.

Financial Aid: Student loans.

Institutional Accreditor (Regional): The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association;

University of Minnesota
Rehabilitation Science Program
Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
420 Delaware Street, SE, MMC 388
Minneapolis, MN 55455-0392
Phone: (612) 626-3966; Fax: (612) 625-7192
E-mail: or
Web site:

Contact Person: Rich Adamczak, DGS Assistant or Virgil Mathiowetz, PhD, OTR/L, Graduate Faculty

Degree(s) Offered: PhD

Major Area(s) of Study: Rehabilitation Science.

Area(s) of Concentration: Outcomes of Therapeutic Interventions, Stroke Recovery and Neuroplasticity, Postural Control, and Muscle Adaptation.

Admission Requirements: Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree or graduate degree in a discipline related to rehabilitation, such as biomedical engineering, medicine, occupational therapy, physical therapy, or speech/audiology. International students must hold a comparable degree from an accredited program. Depending on the educational background of the applicant, admission may be contingent upon completion of selected prerequisite course work.

Special Application Requirements: Applicants must include the following: graduate school application and fee; GRE general test scores; transcripts; three letters of reference; TOEFL or IELTS test scores for international students; minimum of 3.0 GPA; agreement from a Rehabilitation Science faculty member to serve as an advisor*.

*Advisor: As part of the application process, each prospective student should contact Rehabilitation Science faculty to arrange for an advisor. Compatibility of research interests is a major determinant in the mutual selection of an advisor by the student and of the student by the advisor. Since some advisors may already be at capacity with graduate student advisees, availability of faculty is another determinant. Selection of, and consent from, and advisor is necessary to complete the application process.

Special Features: The program is tailored to meet your interests and needs, including flexibility in course requirements; your choice of coursework throughout the university; experience research advisors; mentored research experience that will train you to research independently, which is essential for success in most academic settings (clinical doctorates do not have this necessary research experience); and the opportunity to study with a diverse group of students from across the globe and from a variety of majors.

Financial Aid: Full-time students may apply for a limited number of fellowships and graduate student assistantships. The deadline for fellowship applications is January.

Institutional Accreditor (Regional): The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association;


Saint Louis University
Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
3437 Caroline Street
St. Louis, MO 63104
Phone: (314) 977-8580; Fax: (314) 977-8514
Web site:

Contact Person: Katie Serfas, OTD, OTR/L, Program Director, Post-Professional OTD Program,; Jennifer Elwyn, Program Coordinator,

Degree(s) Offered: Postprofessional Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)

Major Area(s) of Study: Occupation-based practice, leadership, and education.

Area(s) of Concentration: This program targets working adult occupational therapy professionals who wish to develop practice area, policy and leadership, or educational specializations. The curriculum is based in core occupational science and occupational therapy, research outcomes, and education courses, with concentration courses tailored to each student’s area of interest. The program’s educational outcomes include preparing practitioners for future roles as academicians, policymakers and advocates, and advanced practitioners. The program has a high level of feasibility due to the presence of faculty members with expertise in core subject areas; the presence of University resources to facilitate online education; and the established need for a program with the qualities identified.

Students must complete core courses before they take concentration courses or initiate practicum experiences. Students may pursue any number of topics within their chosen concentration. Accordingly, concentration courses will be in an independent study or elective format and will be negotiated between each student and his/her mentor based on the student’s area of concentration and topic of study.

Distance Learning Options: This program utilizes a hybrid format that primarily involves online instruction but also includes weekend residencies. During the program, three weekend residencies at Saint Louis University will be required.

Admission Requirements: Students who have earned a bachelor’s or master’s degree in occupational therapy may apply to the OTD program through graduate admissions. Applicants provide an official transcript sent from the university where the degree was earned, 1 year of clinical experience as an occupational therapist, successful completion of the National Board Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) examination or equivalent, a GPA of 3.2 or higher, and prerequisite courses. All students must have taken and passed with a “B” an upper-level composition course within last 5 years or provide writing sample of graduate writing ability.

Students with a Bachelor’s degree must take: upper level composition course, OCTH 5010: Foundations of OT (summer), OCTH 5011: Fundamentals of Occupational Science (summer), one 4000 or 5000 level elective that prepares them for intended concentration in OTD program.

Students with a Master’s degree must provide evidence of comparable transfer coursework taken within previous 5 years for OCTH 5010 and OCTH 5011, pass a competency exam for the two courses with a 75%, or take the online courses in the summer through the department.

Special Features: The post-professional OTD program builds upon the Catholic, Jesuit mission and values of Saint Louis University. Through academic rigor in a curriculum encompassing the whole person, the OTD program enhances the graduates’ abilities to meet individual and societal needs in a scientific, evidenced-based manner and assist in the discovery and dissemination of knowledge. Innovation and inquiry are hallmarks of Saint Louis University’s Jesuit educational heritage, and service in pursuit of social justice is an integral aspect of the University’s mission. This degree program engenders all three characteristics in its students through a curriculum that is grounded in occupational science. Occupational science advocates justice and holism in understanding humans as occupational beings, and the burgeoning nature of its knowledge base provides fertile ground for innovative inquiry. This program is unique because it is the only one that marries Jesuit educational values with an explicit occupational science perspective. It will mold professionals who are seeking new knowledge and seeking to create new knowledge to improve the profession of occupational therapy and society at-large.

Financial Aid: One GA position available to a student in the St. Louis Metro area. Financial aid information available at

Institutional Accreditor (Regional): The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association;

Washington University
Program in Occupational Therapy
School of Medicine
4444 Forest Park Avenue
Campus Box 8505
St. Louis, MO 63108
Phone: (314) 286-1600; Fax: (314) 286-1601
Web site:

Contact Person: Shannon Eckhoff, Manager, Academic Systems;

Degree(s) Offered: Postprofessional Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (OTD);

PhD in Rehabilitation and Participation Science - for information, please visit:

Major Area(s) of Study: The postprofessional OTD program curriculum prepares graduates for exciting careers in teaching, research, consultation, clinical services, management, and policy in their chosen area of expertise.

Area(s) of Concentration: Postprofessional OTD students choose one of four concentrations that best meet their career goals: research, education, leadership and management, or policy and advocacy. Within each concentration, students may study in several practice areas including: aging, pediatrics, participation, or work and industry. Students in each concentration will be encouraged to present at state and national conferences.

Distance Learning Options: Not available

Admission Requirements: The postprofessional OTD degree is intended for students who already have a bachelor's degree or master's degree in occupational therapy. Master's degree coursework will count up to 36 hours. Some credits may be waived depending on the student's background, education, and experience. A master's degree is not required. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 is required and reports of scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) must be available for review. The GRE test date must be less than five years prior to the date the application is received. For complete PPOTD application process and requirements, please visit:

Special Features: Designed specifically for the post-professional who is already working in the field of occupational therapy, the postprofessional OTD is uniquely customized to address each individual's educational background, clinical experience, and area of interest. This is a “hands on” program and students benefit from the 1:1 relationship with a faculty member for their chosen concentration area. Classes are held during regular business hours, but many students work while completing their degree. Postprofessional OTD students must complete a minimum of 72 credit hours of graduate coursework and a 16-week, full-time apprenticeship experience (previous graduate hours in OT or other fields may be credited). The faculty are leaders in the field of occupational therapy and rehabilitation and apply a mentorship role throughout the learning experience.

Financial Aid: All postprofessional OTD students will be given the opportunity to work as teaching assistants, which provides some funding to the student. Several students work part-time either in our community practice program or area facilities. Financial aid is available through the Washington University School of Medicine's Financial Aid Office at 314-362-6845 or US students may be eligible for federally subsidized students loans.

Institutional Accreditor (Regional): The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association;


Creighton University
Department of Occupational Therapy
School of Pharmacy and Health Professions
2500 California Plaza
Omaha, NE 68178-0259
Phone: (402) 280-5667; Fax: (402) 280-5692
Web site:

Contact Person: Joy D. Doll, OTD, OTR/L, Director of the Post Professional OTD Program

Degree(s) Offered: OTD

Major Area(s) of Study: The program focuses on preparing the clinician to enter academia and transform their current practice. Courses offered in leadership, ethics, policy, neuroplasticity, management, research and instructional methods.

Area(s) of Concentration: Emphasis on developing occupational therapy practitioners who can transform practice through developing personal and professional leadership skills. Students choose their own professional development for the Professional Rotation experience and are guided by expert faculty.

Distance Learning Options: Offered online except for a foundational introductory course and a one-time research intensive. Students are required to come to campus 3 times during the program total, including orientation, research training, and graduation. All students are issued a laptop computer upon entering this distance-based program to ensure technological parity among students. Training in the use of distance technology is provided during the introductory course.

Admission Requirements: A bachelor's or entry-level master's degree in occupational therapy at an ACOTE-accredited or WFOT-approved institution. OTs practicing in the US must have successfully completed the NBCOT certification examination. International students or students who received their OT education in another country are welcome to apply if they have completed their OT education at a WFOT-approved institution and can show evidence of the ability to practice in their own country. Students with a master's degree in any area of study are eligible to apply for course waivers for up to 15% of the curriculum. For more information see

Special Features: The post-professional program ranges from 47 to 63 credits and is offered completely online except for a foundational introductory course introducing skills to achieve a successful clinical doctoral experience and a research proposal course to plan a research project of the student's choice. Students with a master's degree in any field receive an automatic waiver of the 6 credits of electives and can apply to waive an additional 9 credits. Students with a bachelor's degree in OT must complete 63 credits. Both the foundational course and the research proposal courses each consist of 3 days on campus. The foundational course is offered in both the fall and spring semesters (typically September and February). The research proposal course is offered during the summer semester (typically July). Professional rotations, the self-directed professional development aspect of the curriculum, can be completed where you live.

Electives such as special topics in grant writing, advanced skills for a career in academia, spirituality, neuro-technology, complementary and alternative medicine, holistic stress management, and pharmacotherapeutics. Electives providing opportunities for international service learning in China or the Dominican Republic are also available.

Financial Aid: For specific information, contact the SPAHP Admissions Office at 1-800-325-2830 or visit

Institutional Accreditor (Regional): The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association;

New York

Columbia University
Programs in Occupational Therapy
Neurological Institute, 8th Floor
710 West 168th Street
New York, NY 10032-2603
Phone: (212) 305-5267; Fax: (212) 305-4569
Web site:

Contact Person: Glen Gillen, EdD, OTR, FAOTA, Associate Director, Programs in Occupational Therapy

Degree(s) Offered: Doctor of Education (EdD)

Major Area(s) of Study: Movement Science with a specialization in Occupational Therapy

Area(s) of Concentration: Research Broad areas of research fall under the following categories: 1) How movement and posture support participation in daily living; 2) Movement impairment and its impact on functional daily living skills; 3) Development and testing of real world/ecologically valid assessments of motor function; 4) Development and testing of occupation-based practice guidelines.

Current and potential areas of specific research foci include: 1) The role of perception, motor, and cognition in the context of daily living; 2) How mental imagery and practice affects recovery after central nervous system dysfunction; 3) Vestibular, sensory, and motor impairment as manifested in patients with psychiatric disorders, and its impact on participation in daily living.

Other: Motor control and motor learning within an occupational therapy context.

Distance Learning Options: Not available.

Admission Requirements: Masters degree in occupational therapy or a related field; NBCOT certification as an occupational therapist; interview; references; personal essay reflecting research interests; transcript with minimum GPA of 3.0; research capability; commitment to graduate study; and potential for professional contribution. Applicants for whom English is not a primary language must take the TOEFL.

Special Features: This program is a collaboration between two of Columbia University's renowned colleges: Teachers College (TC) and the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Programs in Occupational Therapy. Half the coursework is taken at TC, and half on the health science campus. Dissertation is carried out through the Programs in Occupational Therapy. Entire university resources are available to students, including world class libraries, research laboratories, and clinical settings.

Financial Aid: University and governmental financial aid; dissertation research assistance

Institutional Accreditor (Regional): Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools;

New York University
Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development
Department of Occupational Therapy
Joseph and Violet Pless Hall
82 Washington Square East, 6th floor
New York, NY 10003
Phone: (212) 998-5825; Fax: (212) 995-4044
Web site:

Contact Person: Tsu-Hsin Howe, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, Director of Postprofessional Programs;

Degree(s) Offered: Doctor of Professional Studies (DPS) in Occupational Therapy, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Occupational Therapy

Major Area(s) of Study:
DPS: clinically focused evidence-based practice, critical analysis, ethics, theory
PhD: theory and philosophy of occupational therapy, applied scientific inquiry, research

Area(s) of Concentration:
DPS: pediatrics and upper quadrant care
PhD: research, knowledge, and skills necessary to work in the profession as scholars and educators

Distance Learning Options: Not available.

Admission Requirements: Graduation from an approved professional occupational therapy program; master's degree; certification as an occupational therapist or eligibility for certification; GPA of 3.0 or greater; GRE; TOEFL (for international applicants); three letters of reference; personal statement; resume; interview.

Special Features: NYU is the nation’s largest private university; Department has a close relationship with the University’s 15 schools, colleges and divisions; graduate programs are interprofessional with a student–faculty ratio of 6:1; preeminent open stack research library; clinical and research facilities; evening and summer courses; ergonomics, biomechanics, and kinesiology research laboratory; diverse graduate student group provides peer/professional network in NYU/metropolitan New York occupational therapy community; doctoral students take courses in the Department of Occupational Therapy and in other departments of the School and University.

Financial Aid: Teaching fellowships, University and governmental financial aid.

Institutional Accreditor (Regional): Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools;

University at Buffalo, State University of New York
Program in Occupational Therapy
Department of Rehabilitation Science
515 Stockton Kimball Tower, 3435 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14214-3079
Phone: (716) 829-3141; Fax: (716) 829-3217
Web site:

Contact Person: Robert Burkard, PhD, PhD Program Director; (716) 829-6720

Degree(s) Offered: PhD

Major Area(s) of Study: Rehabilitation Science; Aging and Disability

Area(s) of Concentration: Rehabilitation across the lifespan, specific research varies with faculty mentor, but includes numerous areas, some related to occupational and physical therapy, assistive technology, aging, vestibular/balance function, school/occupational transition, disability, muscle physiology, exercise, cardiovascular physiology/pathophysiology.

Distance Learning Options: Limited.

Admission Requirements: Based on competitive GPA, GREs, TOEFL (for international students), personal statements (including research interests), and letters of recommendation.

Special Features: A pre-dissertation research project, teaching experience, grant-writing experience, public health minor.

Financial Aid: Teaching assistantships and limited research assistantships.

Institutional Accreditor (Regional): Middle States Commission on Higher Education;

North Carolina

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
School of Medicine, Department of Allied Health Sciences
Division of Occupational Science
CB #7120
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7122
Phone: (919) 966-2452; Fax: (919) 966-9007
Web site:

Contact Person: Ruth Humphry, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, Coordinator of Doctoral Program

Degree(s) Offered: PhD

Major Area(s) of Study: Occupational Science

Area(s) of Concentration: Education (Occupation based curriculum); Research (Qualitative, quantitative, and mixed designs); Other (Occupations across the life course, occupations of families, philosophical bases of occupational science, human migration, mental health, sensory experiences affecting occupational engagement in children with autism, and interventions to facilitate occupational engagement).

Distance Learning Options: Not available.

Admission Requirements: Completed master's degree in occupational therapy, relevant social and behavioral sciences, or related health fields and career goals consistent with existing programs of research and scholarly work of the faculty. GRE (within last 5 years), TOEFL results (if applicable), and academic record consistent with doctoral studies.

Special Features: A closely mentored learning environment that will include extensive interdisciplinary study at one of the leading state funded research universities.

Financial Aid: Research assistantships, scholarships for competitive students, and other student aid.

Institutional Accreditor (Regional): Southern Association of Colleges and Schools;


The Ohio State University
Occupational Therapy Division
School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
406 Atwell Hall, 453 West Tenth Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210-1234
Phone: (614) 292-5824; Fax: (614) 292-0210
Web site: www.medicine.osu.eduhrs/ot;

Contact Person: Jane Case-Smith, EdD, OTR/L, FAOTA, Division Director

Degree(s) Offered: PhD in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

Major Area(s) of Study: Pediatrics, neurorehabilitation, musculoskeletal, prevention, chronic disease management.

Area(s) of Concentration: Interdisciplinary studies with emphasis on research and university teaching.

Distance Learning Options: Not Available.

Admission Requirements: GRE, 3.0 or higher, recommended 3.5 or higher, an earned master's degree. International applicants and applicants who have held U.S. asylee, refugee or permanent resident status for less than one year must also provide a 550 on the paper based TOEFL test, 79 on the Internet based TOEFL or 7 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam.

Financial Aid: Loans and assistantships are available. Contact student Financial Aid (614) 292-0300 for loans. Contact Division for information on traineeships and assistantships.

Institutional Accreditor (Regional): The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association;


Chatham University
Woodland Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15232-2826
Phone: (800) 837-1290; Fax: (412) 365-1609
Web site:

Contact Person: Ingrid Provident, EdD, OTR/L, Program Coordinator; David Vey, Assistant Director of Online Admission

Degree(s) Offered: Professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD); BS-to-OTD Bridge Option 

Major Area(s) of Study:

OTD: Courses are completed in a part-time cohort model, with the entire degree completed in 16 months. The program is designed for occupational therapy clinicians and/or academicians who want to enhance their careers and be professional leaders. Students learn to apply evidence-based literature and bring practice to a heightened level of professional accountability; develop into a professional leader in areas of public policy, professional advocacy, and business management; gain additional theoretical knowledge and clinical competence; and practice concepts of educational theory and measurement as it relates to both clients and students. The complete degree is a total of 30 credits.

BS-to-OTD Bridge Option: Appropriate for experienced OTR’s who have not yet earned their master’s degree. The bridge option adds one additional semester to the typical OTD cohort, allowing the student to graduate in less than two years. The complete degree is a total of 39 credits.

Area(s) of Concentration: Evidence-based practice, advanced practice, and leadership. The program follows a streamlined approach, allowing the student to coordinate their study topic with their area of professional concentration.

Distance Learning Options: All OTD courses are taught online. There are two residencies on our campus in Pittsburgh, PA. Each residency is 2-3 days in length.

Admission Requirements: Applicants must submit a free online application, a 500-word essay, official academic transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended, and a copy of your current OT license for verification of professional status. GRE scores are not required.

Special Features: Each course is intricately connected to the professional student's practice focus. Students complete an evidence-based capstone project, which includes developing, implementing, and evaluating the effectiveness of an occupation-based program in their chosen area of interest and work setting. The program is designed as a flexible option, specifically for full-time, working occupational therapists.

Financial Aid: Financial aid is available, please contact our Financial Aid Office at (412) 365-2781.

For working OT’s, Chatham has a number of corporate partner options and payment plans available. A popular plan is the Tuition Reduction Grant Program which allows qualified students to receive a 20% tuition reduction. Please contact our admission office at (800) 837-1290 for details and qualifications.

Institutional Accreditor (Regional): Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools;

Duquesne University
John G. Rangos School of Health Sciences
Pittsburgh, PA 15282
Phone: (412) 396-5945
Web site:

Contact person: Christopher R. Carcia, PhD, PT, SCS, OCS, Program Director of PhD Program in Rehabilitation Science;

Degree(s) Offered:  PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences

Major Area(s) of Study: Rehabilitation Sciences: A specialized curriculum in orthopedics and clincial biomechanics. The curriculum is an interdisciplinary endeavor of the departments of Athletic Training, Physical and Occupational Therapy. The mission of the PhD Program in Rehabilitation Science is to prepare outstanding orthopedic/sports medicine rehabilitation practitioners to become leaders in their respective fields as educators and scholars who are capable of completing and communicating unique independent research that contributes to the advancement of their profession. Graduates of the program will be prepared to initate a career in academia.

Area(s) of Concentration: Orthopedic topics related to the areas of expertise/research agendas of the graduate program faculty.

Distance Learning Options: Not available.

Admission Requirements: Applicant eligibility (subject to discretion of the program director): An entry-level doctor of physical therapy degree or a master's degree in athletic training, physical therapy, occupational therapy, or related field (e.g., physician assistant). Recommended to have a license to practice physical therapy, athletic training or respective discipline (e.g., occupational therapy; physician assistant) in Pennsylvania or be eligible for a license to practice in Pennsylvania. Two years of professional experience.

Additional Requirements: Submission of a professional statement that details the applicant's educational and career goals. Prospective students must identify a graduate program faculty member with whom they wish to serve as their faculty advisor. Prior communication with the potential advisor/faculty member is encouraged. Three letters of recommendation detailing qualifications to enter advanced graduate education, qualifications as a clinician, and your abilities/potential for research. A minimum combined score of 1000 on Math and Verbal sections of the GRE. Official copies of all undergraduate and graduate college transcripts sent directly from the institution(s) to Duquesne University. If English is a foreign language for the applicant, the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required, and the student must score a minimum of 550 on the examination, which has been taken within one year of application.

Special Features: The program is a research intensive endeavor focusing in select areas of orthopedics and clinical biomechanics commensurate with faculty expertise and training. The Rangos School of Health Sciences is home of the Kristen L. McMaster's Biomechanics Laboratory which houses state-of-the-art instrumentation to aid students and faculty with their research projects.

Financial Aid: Graduate education and assistantships are provided as funds allow.

Institutional Accreditor (Regional): Middle States Commission on Higher Education;

Misericordia University
Occupational Therapy Program
Division of Health Sciences
301 Lake Street
Dallas, PA 18612-1098
Phone: (570) 674-6399; Fax: (570) 674-3052
Web site:

Contact Person(s): Ellen McLaughlin; EdD, OTR/L, OTD Program Coordinator

Degree(s) Offered: OTD

Major Areas of Study: The OTD program goals are focused on advanced clinical skills, evidence-based practice and outcomes, and professional and client advocacy.

Major Area(s) of Concentration: Pediatric or Adult/Geriatric

Distance Learning Options: Classes meet a maximum of 2 weekends per semester on campus (at the beginning and end of each semester) with distance education between on-campus meetings.

Admission Requirements: Minimum of a master’s degree in occupational therapy; copy of current state license/certification in a U.S. jurisdiction; current résumé; official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended, with an overall grade point average of at least 3.0 and a college-level course in basic statistics; official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), if applicable; a 500-word statement of professional goals and how matriculation in the occupational therapy doctorate degree program can contribute to those goals; three (3) letters of reference using the forms provided. Please submit at least one employer, one licensed occupational therapist, and one academic reference, providing names, complete addresses, phone numbers, and relationships of persons who will return your forms; interview; $60 application fee.

Special Features: The program is designed to be completed part-time (two classes per semester) over a 2 year tri-semester period; convenient location 2 hours from Philadelphia and NYC in a safe, comfortable setting. Small class size with personalized attention, and class schedules designed for working therapists to allow for continued full-time employment.

Financial Aid: Professional students can pay for their tuition through tuition reimbursement, deferred payment, or student loans. Deferred tuition allows the student to make an initial payment of 20% down by the first day of class, with final payment due prior to the last day of class. Tuition reimbursement through an employer allows the student to defer tuition until 30 days after final grades are issued.

There are several loan options available to professional students, including Stafford Loans, Graduate Plus Loans, and Alternative Loans. Students must complete the Free Application for Student Aid and submit a loan request form to Student Financial Services.

Institutional Accreditor (Regional): Middle States Commission on Higher Education;

Philadelphia University
Occupational Therapy Programs
4201 Henry Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19144-5497
Phone: (215) 951-2911; Fax: (215) 951-2526 FAX
Web page:

Contact Person: Wendy Krupnick, PhD, OTR/L, Program Director

Degree(s) Offered:  OTD: MS-to-OTD and BS-to-OTD Tracks

Major Area(s) of Study: The OTD is comprised of three major components:

  • Core courses (Interprofessional Partnerships; Applied Leadership; Advanced Evidence-based Practice)
  • Capstone project (applied research)
  • Electives (3-course minor to support student capstone and clinical/academic career goals)

Area(s) of Concentration: Students customize their degrees by selecting a three-course minor to inform their capstone experience and match their practice roles, contexts, and career objectives. Sample electives include Technology & Educational Methods, Accessible Living, Funding and Grantsmanship, and Emerging Practice and Entrepreneurship. Students can also choose graduate electives offered by the university and/or transfer up to 6 credits from outside the university (upon program approval).

Distance Learning Options: The OTD program is a low-residency program. Courses are offered through distance education, primarily through asynchronous, online delivery. Also included are two on-campus meetings: one at the beginning of the program, as part of the first course, and the other when students present their capstone projects. Additional on-campus sessions may be scheduled depending on students' interest.

Admission Requirements: Submission of Philadelphia University online graduate application, proof of OT certification or eligibility for certification, official transcripts, resume, two letters of recommendation, and personal statement describing how degree will facilitate personal and career goals (500 words). Therapists prepared at the master's degree level must also have completed the following prerequisite courses within 10 years: Statistics and Research Methods (or Evidence-based Practice or equivalent). Bachelor's prepared therapists will take Research Methods and Evidence-based Practice as a component of their OTD degree program.

All applications will be reviewed. Following evaluation, students may be admitted directly into the MS-to-OTD program with advanced standing, or be required to complete some or all courses listed in the BS-to-OTD track.

Special Features: The online OTD program is designed to support working therapists. Students may complete the 30-39 credit OTD in 5 to 8 semesters depending on the applicant's previous education and the number of courses completed each semester (students enroll in either 1 or 2 courses per semester). Philadelphia University OT alumni and qualified fieldwork educators are eligible for a 25% tuition scholarship. Contact the program director for more information.

Financial Aid: Student loans, employer-sponsored tuition reimbursement.

Institutional Accreditor: Middle States Commission on Higher Education;

Salus University
Occupational Therapy Department
8360 Old York Road
Elkins Park, PA 19027
Phone: (215) 780-1400; Fax: (215) 780-1336
Web site:

Contact Person: Fern Silverman, EdD, OTR/L, Program Director; (215) 780-1361; FAX (215) 780-1357;

Degree(s) Offered: Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (OTD)

Major Area(s) of Study: The OTD program uniquely positions students as future leaders, clinical experts, or academics, with an emphasis on interprofessional collaboration. Core courses help students learn advanced concepts in occupationally-based practice, become successful interprofessional practitioners, and acquire skills needed for teaching in higher education. Additionally, students choose a specialty track that meets their needs and interests, including Remedial Vision Rehabilitation, Low Vision Rehabilitation, and Health and Wellness. In each track, students will learn from nationally recognized faculty members who have published research and written textbooks in their fields of specialization. Students have the opportunity to design and follow through with a doctoral capstone project related to their specialty track from a variety of options and with individualized mentoring support, and gain the knowledge and experience needed to disseminate their work.

Area(s) of Concentration: Each OTD student will choose one of the following three specialty tracks:

  • Low Vision Rehabilitation: This track prepares occupational therapists to specialize in working with persons with severe visual impairment via state-of-the-art training from an internationally recognized faculty of experts in the field of low vision. Courses concentrate on low vision assessment and intervention techniques to enhance participation in occupations and daily living skills for clients for whom vision impacts their independence and quality of life.
  • Remedial Vision Rehabilitation - Pediatrics and Acquired Brain Injury: This track is designed to enable occupational therapists to gain a comprehensive understanding of vision problems that are prevalent in the acquired brain injury and pediatric populations. Students will learn how to screen for the most commonly occurring problems and perform remedial vision rehabilitation for clients with these problems with ongoing collaboration with an optometrist.
  • Health and Wellness for Occupational Therapists: This track will enables occupational therapists from any area of clinical practice to develop advance expertise in holistic and innovative health care skills to assist individuals, groups, or populations with or at-risk for chronic illness or disability. Students will be exposed to health assessment and health promotion activities across the lifespan, global and cultural perspectives, and primary care and e-health initiatives. 
Distance Learning Options: All but two courses are online using interactive computer-based technology, allowing students to learn at times that are convenient for them. Students will also have the opportunity to learn didactically and experientially in two five-day residency courses. For these residency courses, students come twice to our beautiful campus in suburban Philadelphia to study face-to-face with faculty in their specialty track and engage in dynamic hands-on learning activities and community-based experiences.

Admission Requirements: Admission procedures and policies include appropriate consideration of an individual applicant’s educational credentials and professional experience. In addition, it is expected that the successful candidate for the degree (OTD) program will possess:
• A documented record of academic achievement.
• Demonstrated academic competency in mathematics/quantitative methods.
• English language skills (both written and oral) essential to the successful completion of the coursework. 

An applicant to the post-professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) degree program must have completed a master's degree from an accredited college or university.

Applicants should submit:
• An on line application, along with a non-refundable application fee of $100.00
• Official transcripts from all colleges
• Copies of OT licensure and NBCOT certification
• Educational Resume
• Letters of reference
• Essay

After receiving a student’s application, he or she will be contacted for a personal interview. Online interviews can be scheduled if a visit to campus cannot be arranged.

Specific details for the application process and prerequisites are on the Salus website at

Special Features: The 30 credit post-professional OTD program is specifically designed to meet the needs of full-time working professionals. All courses use a distance learning format except for the two on–campus five-day residency courses. There are two options in the post-professional OTD program length. Students can take two online courses per semester and complete the program in 16 months, or take one online course per semester and complete the program in 27 months, in addition to the two residency courses. The program has a January start date.

Financial Aid: Students may be eligible for financial aid if they are registered for six credits (2 courses) per semester. More information is available at the Salus Financial Aid office at 215-780-1330 or

Institutional Accreditor (Regional): Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools;

Temple University
Program in Occupational Therapy
Department of Rehabilitation Sciences
College of Public Health
3307 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19140-5101
Phone: (215) 707-4875; Fax: (215) 707-7656
Web site:

Contact Person: Rochelle Mendonca, PhD, OTR/L, Coordinator of Doctorate of Occupational Therapy Programs

Degree Offered: Doctorate of Occupational Therapy

Major Area(s) of Study: Leadership, Advocacy, Clinical Education, Evidence-based Practice, Community-based Occupational Therapy

Area(s) of Concentration: Areas of concentration depend on student's areas of interest and the development of concepts during coursework.

Distance Learning Options: Online distance education format with two on-campus weekends required per year.

Admission Requirements: Applicants must be certified as occupational therapists via the procedures specified by NBCOT or their country's accrediting agency and have a master's degree in occupational therapy or another field. Applicants are expected to have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 in graduate work and/or a GRE score of 50% or higher. GRE scores are not required for the application process if you have successfully completed graduate work with a GPA of 3.0 or above.

Special Features: The program is offered in a flexible format for working professionals and can be completed over 5 semesters. Students develop a professional development plan at the beginning of the program to guide them through the curriculum and to develop a professional portfolio based on experiences throughout the program. Students complete a clinical specialty field study and a capstone project directed by the professional development plan. This is all integrated into the required course work.

Financial Aid: Student loans and tuition reimbursement from employers are often available.

Institutional Accreditor (Regional): Middle States Commission on Higher Education;

Thomas Jefferson University
Department of Occupational Therapy
Jefferson School of Health Professions
901 Walnut Street, 6th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107-5233
Phone: (215) 503-8011; Fax: (215) 503-2950
Web site:

Contact Person: Susan Toth-Cohen, PhD, OTR/L, Director of Occupational Therapy Doctoral Program

Degree Offered: Postprofessional OTD

Major Area(s) of Study: Children and Their Families in Context (includes early intervention and school practice, consultation and collaboration, and sensory integration treatment and clinical research); Health and Community Participation (includes healthy aging, public health, community mental health, community participation with chronic conditions); Rehabilitation and Disability Studies (includes neuroscience, hand therapy).

Students also have the opportunity to work with faculty in Research and Teaching Laboratories on projects related to measurement (instrument development and evaluation); autism; caregiving; best practices for families and young children; fieldwork education; evidence-based practice; professional development; and interprofessional education. All students gain skills in advanced evidence-based practice, leadership, and program design and evaluation.

Area(s) of Concentration: Physical Dysfunction; Mental Health; Gerontology; Education; Administration; Research; Other: Sensory Integration

Distance Learning Options: All courses are offered via an online learning format. Students participate in a Learning Community session at the beginning and end of fall and spring semesters. These sessions can be attended online or in person at the Center City in Philadelphia campus.

Admission Requirements: 3.0 GPA in master’s or bachelor's program, statement of goals for the OTD, NBCOT certification (in states without licensure), license (in states with licensure).

Special Features: In this flexible, highly individualized program, students take a series of core and advanced practice courses. The core courses are designed to prepare students to be advanced evidence-based practitioners, develop and evaluate innovative practice, and move beyond traditional roles as occupational therapy leaders. Students also participate in a series of doctoral seminar courses designed to foster their progression toward a substantive doctoral project. Doctoral projects can be chosen from innovative program development and evaluation; systematic and scoping review; educational projects or programs; development of an intervention or curriculum retreat; or scholarly inquiry with a faculty member in a specific area of research or practice. All students take 9-12 elective credits selected from courses in Autism, Neuroscience, Teaching methodologies and practices, Neurocognitive disorders include Alzheimers and dementia, and Interprofesional Education. With assistance from their mentor(s), students design a clinical fellowship program that includes outcome goals and an implementation plan. The final Capstone enables students to synthesize and apply the knowledge gained through the fellowship and the program.

Financial Aid: Full-time students may apply for financial aid. Full-time is considered 5 or more credits per semester. Tuition discounting may be available for those who qualify.

Institutional Accreditor (Regional): Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools;

University of Pittsburgh
Department of Occupational Therapy
School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
5014 Forbes Tower
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Phone: (412) 647-6621; Fax: (412) 647-6613
Web site:

Contact Person:
CScD: Elizabeth R. Skidmore, PhD, OTR/L,
PhD: Joan C. Rogers, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, Chairperson,

Degree(s) Offered: Doctor of Clinical Science (CScD); Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Major Area(s) of Study:
CScD: Advanced Clinical practice, clinical education, professional leadership.
PhD: Rehabilitation Science

Area(s) of Concentration:
CScD: Musculoskeletal Practice, Neurological Practice, Pediatric Practice, Geriatric Practice, Clinical Education, Professional Leadership

PhD: Assistive Technology, Biomechanics, Evidence-based Practice, Policy and Management, Psychosocial aspects of disability, Health Information systems, ICF: Activities, Participation, and Environmental Factors, Sports Medicine, Neural basis of sensory and motor function and dysfuntion

Distance Learning Options: Not Available

Admission Requirements:
CScD: Entry-level degree in occupational therapy; 3.0 GPA/4.0; NBCOT certification or eligibility; state licensure or eligibility; GRE scores above 50th percentile; 3 letters of reference.

PhD: 3.0 GPA/4.0; GRE of 1500 minimum for V.Q. & A sections combined; essay; resume; 3 references.

Special Features: Carnegie Level I Research University and member of the prestigious Association of American Universities. Internationally-renowned academic medical center. Numerous clinical and research opportunities. Part-time and full-time graduate education.

Financial Aid: Teaching fellowships available. Salaried employment in community-based facilities.

Institutional Accreditor (Regional): Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools;< br />< br/>

University of the Sciences
Department of Occupational Therapy
Samson College of Health Sciences
600 South 43rd Street
Philadelphia, PA  19104-4495
Phone: (215) 596-8810; Fax: (215) 596-8690

Contact Person: David Pallister, JD, OTR/L; (215) 596-7349;

Degree(s) Offered:  Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (DrOT)

Major Area(s) of Study: Advanced clinical practice, management, education, and policy.

Area(s) of Concentration: The 33-credit DrOT program features required core courses and offers electives and independent study options that allow the student to focus on their area of interest while gaining the insight essential to excel. Emphasis on evidence-based practice and research is threaded throughout the curriculum in facilitating the attainment of next-level knowledge to enhance current practice through applied learning.

Distance Learning Options: Online (asynchronous) with capstone-related campus visits.

Admission Requirements:

  • Licensed and practicing occupational therapist with initial NBCOT certification.
  • Occupational therapy degree from an ACOTE-accredited institution.
  • Minimum of a master's degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Essay stating personal and professional goals for pursuing post-professional doctoral degree.
  • Updated resume or curriculum vitae.
  • Letter of recommendation.
  • Official transcripts.
Special Features: The program is designed for practicing occupational therapy professionals with a master's degree who want to progress at their own pace to propel their career forward and offers the following features:
  • Flexibility through online asynchronous courses, electives, and independent study.
  • Students can elect to take one or two courses per semester.
  • Two points of program entry; fall and spring.
  • Expert faculty: Students learn directly from full-time USciences faculty who are published experts and recognized leaders in OT from diverse backgrounds.
  • Individualized attention via close cohorts and smaller course sizes.
Financial Aid: Students can qualify for financial aid, employer-based tuition reimbursement programs, or tuition discounts.

Institutional Accreditor: Middle States Commission on Higher Education;


Texas Woman's University
School of Occupational Therapy
PO Box 425648
Denton, TX 76204-5648
Phone: (940) 898-2801
Web site:

Contact Person:
OTD: Diane Brown, PhD, OTR, OTD Program Coordinator,
PhD: Sally Schultz, PhD, OTR, LPC, PhD Program Coordinator,

Degree(s) Offered: OTD in Occupational Therapy, PhD in Occupational Therapy

Major Area(s) of Study:
OTD: Applicants are matched with an OTD faculty mentor as part of the admissions process. The professional development mentor becomes the student's primary academic advisor through the program and oversees the student's professional development plan and doctoral capstone project within the student's area of specialization.

PhD: Areas of research are defined by each of the PhD program teaching faculty. Applicants must identify one of the PhD teaching faculty members as a Research Mentor prior to acceptance in the program. See the TWU PhD/OT website for information on faculty lines of research.

Area(s) of Concentration:
OTD: The program curriculum consists of core coursework and individually mentored professional development in an area of specialization. Core coursework addresses professional leadership in three broad roles of master practitioner, advocate, and educator. Learning activities will be integrated with clinical work and engagement in occupational therapy practice is an expectation.

PhD: The program emphasizes the use of occupation to promote adaptation. The curriculum prepares researchers with demonstrated competencies in studying occupational therapy and the effect of such interventions. Practicum experiences are included in the curriculum for the student to develop expertise in preparation for academic and other leadership roles.

Distance Learning Options:
OTD: Courses are taught in a blended format with approximately 75% of the learning provided via distance and the remainder taught in workshops on TWU Dallas and Houston campus. Fall and summer workshops occur on the TWU Dallas campus, while the spring workshops occur on the TWU Houston campus. Students will come on campus a total of 7 times during the 5 semesters.

PhD: The PhD program (estab. 1993) has been offered primarily online since 2008. The courses are taught in a blended format with approximately 75% of the learning provided via distance and the remainder in a two-day workshop near the beginning and end of each semester. Fall and summer workshops occur on the TWU Dallas campus, while the spring workshops occur on the TWU Houston campus.

Admission Requirements:
OTD: Current occupational therapy license or registration; master's degree in occupational therapy or bachelor-level education in occupational therapy and master's-level education in a related field; 3.20 GPA in previous graduate work; successful completion of Post-Professional OTD Application process; written application and interviews; admission to TWU Graduate School; completion of faculty mentor agreement. A maximum of 12 students are admitted each fall.

PhD: Master's degree in occupational therapy or related field, initial certification as an occupational therapist by NBCOT, 3.20 GPA in previous graduate work, satisfactory GRE scores, essay on motivation to acquire a PhD in OT, three letters of recommendation related to academic abilities/research potential, and a telephone interview with the PhD Admissions Committee. A maximum of 10 students are admitted each fall.

Special Features:
OTD: The OTD program was designed to be experienced while active in the profession, with learning activities integrated into clinical practice. The curriculum consists of eight organized courses, three mentored courses, and six hours of electives. Students progress through the curriculum as a cohort, enrolling in 6-7 credit hours each semester for a total of 5 semesters, thus the curriculum is designed for continuous part-time enrollment. 

PhD: The PhD was designed to be compatible with the needs of the part-time student. Students progress through the common knowledge-base courses as a cohort. They are expected to enroll in 6 credit hours (two courses) each semester of the first two years. The common courses are complemented by individualized study and completion of a dissertation under the direction of the student's Research Mentor. The program has more than 40 graduates currently working as faculty, researchers, and advanced level practitioners. The program has attracted students from all over the U.S. and other countries such as India, Canada, Colombia, Jordan, and Kuwait. The average time for graduation is 4.5 years from the student's first doctoral-level course.

Financial Aid:
OTD: Scholarships. 
PhD: Graduate teaching/research assistantships; scholarships.

Institutional Accreditor (Regional): Southern Association of Colleges and Schools;

U.S. Army-Baylor University
3551 Roger Brooke Drive
Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234-6200
Phone: (210) 808-2231; Fax: (210) 808-2235
Web site:

Contact Person: Yvette Woods, PhD, OTR/L, Program Director, US Army-Baylor Doctor of Science in Occupational Therapy

Degree(s) Offered: Doctor of Science (DSc) in Occupational Therapy

Major Area(s) of Study: The DScOT program is a post-professional, 18-month advanced practice clinical degree designed to prepare Army OTs to meet the following goals: to design and implement occupational therapy assessment and interventions that analyze, specify, and improve occupational performance outcomes at all health care delivery levels; to operationalize relevant evidence-based care delivery in the assessment and treatment of complex injuries and illnesses associated with combat operations; to demonstrate advanced clinical reasoning and the ability to apply research in occupational therapy practice for evaluating, diagnosing, and treating clients experiencing poly-trauma sustained in all phases of combat operations; to demonstrate competency in the critical review, analysis, design, and production of research that establish occupational therapist as technically and tactically proficient clinical scientists who are vital to the Military Health Care System; and to apply operationally effective and situationally relevant advanced leadership skills to influence health care delivery and policy from the battlefield to the boardroom.

Area(s) of Concentration: Behavioral Health; Warrior Rehabilitation; Research; and Advanced Practice

Distance Learning Options: Not available.

Admission Requirements: Registered and licensed occupational therapist; U.S. citizen; at least 21 years of age; possess a bachelor's or master's degree in occupational therapy with a cumulative undergraduate and graduate GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale); must have completed the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) with a minimum cumulative score of 1000/297; and must meet the U.S. Army medical and physical fitness standards. (If applicant possesses a bachelor's degree in OT, applicant must have earned at least 9 post-professional clinical hours (post OT degree)

• 60 months on active duty in the US Army which includes training time and
• 36 months in the Individual Ready Reserve (inactive reserves).

Special Features: Students will complete a program which emphasizes warrior rehabilitation with 8 clinical residencies in the following special treatment areas: Behavioral/Mental Health, Post Traumatic Stress, Combat Operational Stress Control, Warrior Transition Units, Amputee Rehabilitation, Burn and Trauma, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Upper Extremity Conditions. The program is conducted at the San Antonio Military Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston (San Antonio), TX.

Financial Aid: Fully funded.

Institutional Accreditor (Regional): Southern Association of Colleges and Schools;


Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions
122 East 1700 South
Provo, UT 84606-7312
Phone: (801) 375-5125 or (866) 780-4107 (Toll Free); Fax: (801) 375-2125
Web site:

Contact Person(s): Bryce Greenberg, Director of Admissions

Degrees Offered: OTD, DSc

Major Area(s) of Study:
OTD - The post-professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) program is designed to provide meaningful, obtainable, and affordable post-professional education and facilitate the development of the 21st century occupational therapist practitioner. The goal of Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions (RMUoHP) is to address the public's need for high quality occupational therapy service by providing practicing clinicians with opportunities to develop knowledge, skills, and behaviors commensurate with contemporary practice and education standards. The OTD program will broaden the student's perspective to include current topics such as occupation-centered theory and practice, evidence-based practice, and occupational science. In addition, the program will highlight the areas of marketing and administration, educational techniques, and applied research to ensure excellence in the field of occupational therapy.

DSc - The Doctor of Science in Health Science (DSc) develops evidence-based clinicians with advanced clinical skills who can critically evaluate the literature and participate in the research process through identification of best practice in the concentration area and apply that to independent clinical research. The core and concentration courses are designed to enhance clinical, research, teaching, and leadership skills.

Area(s) of Concentration:
OTD: Pediatric Science, Hand Therapy, Work and Health, Education, Aging, and Administration and Practice Management.

DSc: Health Promotion and Wellness, Human and Sports Performance, Athletic Training, and Clinical Electrophysiology.

Distance Learning Options: The RMUoHP programs noted above follow a limited-residency academic model that allows students to manage their home and professional demands while pursuing their advanced degree. No relocation is required.

Admission Requirements: Please visit each program’s admission requirements page at

Special Features: RMUoHP's limited-residency model provides an ideal blend of traditional face-to-face learning with the flexibility of a distance program.

Financial Aid: Available for qualified students.

Institutional Accreditor (Regional): Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).

University of Utah
Division of Occupational Therapy
520 Wakara Way
Salt Lake City, UT 84108-1209
Phone: (801) 581-9135; Fax: (801) 585-1001
Web site:

Contact Person(s): Kelly Brown, Academic Advisor; 

Degrees Offered: OTD

Major Area(s) of Study: The OTD program at the University of Utah focuses on: providing clinicians with a stronger, more up-to-date theoretical base, advancing their leadership skills, as well as providing them with knowledge and skills in evidence-based research related to their chosen area of emphasis. The purpose of the OTD program is to provide a professional doctorate curriculum to practicing occupational therapists with the goal in mind of expanding their knowledge, skills and experience to enable them to become clinical scholars who will continue to autonomously function as occupational therapists within their scope of practice, contribute to the evidence-based literature that drives practice, and become leaders in the profession.

Distance Learning Options: This program is fully online, offering a combination of synchronous and asynchronous learning. There are no on-campus residency requirements.

Admission Requirements: Applicant students must submit the following: application forms to the Graduate School and to the OTD program, $75 application fee, three letters of recommendation, statement of professional goals (essay), copy of state licensure, copy of initial or current NBCOT certification, and curriculum vitae or resume. In addition, foreign-educated students must submit degree credential evaluations and take the TOEFL exam (when English is not an official native language). Students must have a laptop computer and be proficient with email, Internet, and word processing.

Applicants to the OTD program must have a current state-issued occupational therapy license and initial certification from NBCOT or AOTCB. OTD applicants may have either a bachelor's or master's degree

Special Features: The University of Utah’s OTD program is fully online, designed for the busy practitioner who wants to advance his or her education on a part-time basis. The OTD program is an approved program in the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE)-Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP), which provides a mechanism for students in 15 Western states to be eligible for in-state tuition.

Financial Aid: Students seeking financial aid should obtain more information from the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships at:

Institutional Accreditor (Regional): Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).


Virginia Commonwealth University
Department of Occupational Therapy
PO Box 980008
730 E. Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23298-0008
Phone: (804) 828-2289; Fax: (804) 828-0782

Contact Person: Shelly J. Lane, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, Director, Post-Professional Education

Degree(s) Offered:: Post-Professional Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD); Interdisciplinary PhD in Health Related Sciences with Occupational Therapy Concentration

Major Area(s) of Study:
OTD: Emphasizes professional leadership with a focus on advocacy, proposal writing, advanced critical thinking, and the promotion of evidence bases for practice. The program culminates in a Capstone Leadership Project that builds on individual interests and foundational knowledge from current practice, as well as knowledge gained through coursework in the program.

PhD HRS: This program is administered by the School of Allied Health, with an OT concentration. Structured as a 4-year course of study, it is intended to meet the critical need for doctorally prepared allied health professionals across the nation in the areas of teaching, research, and administration. Students need to match their areas of interest to those of the faculty. Research interests are listed on the VCU OT Web page.

Area(s) of Concentration: Physical Dysfunction (focus on research and program development in neurorehabilitation, assistive technology, low vision, gerontology, and other related areas); Education (OTD: Opportunities to build both classroom and clinical teaching skills; PhD HRS: coursework on developing a course and teach in the area of interdisciplinary health care); Administration (OTD: Leadership courses and capstone project enhance administrative skills; PhD HRS: coursework examines changes in the allied health disciplines from an interdisciplinary administrative perspective); Research (PhD HRS: emphasis on building research skills that culminate in a dissertation. Faculty research topics include sensory processing and integration, cognitive prosthetics, low-vision rehabilitation, the teaching-learning process, caregiver respite, mother-child interaction.); Technology (Both: opportunities to build advanced skills in use of contemporary technologies for use with adults and children for low vision rehabilitation, neurorehabilitation, and school-based interventions); and Other (Both: opportunities to collaborate with faculty in Gerontology, Health Administration, Nurse Anesthesia, Occupational Therapy, Patient Counseling, Physical Therapy, Radiation Sciences, and Rehabilitation Counseling).

Distance Learning Options: All courses in the programs are available in distance education format, with some on-campus time. The amount and timing of on-campus activities varies with the semester and the specific program. Please contact the department for specifics.

Admission Requirements:
OTD-BS or MS degree in occupational therapy; cumulative GPA of at least a 3.0; Graduate Record Examination (GRE) taken within the last 5 years; completion of VCU Graduate School Application; completion of supplemental applications for OTD (leadership interests); 3 letters of recommendation; and transcripts indicating completion of degrees from accredited college or university. Supplemental application materials required. Please visit the department Web site for further details.

PhD HRS-Includes all of above and a written essay that discusses career goals and the manner in which this doctoral program will enhance those goals, and what the applicant expects to contribute to this program; curriculum vitae.

Special Features:
OTD: leadership focus, capstone project required.

PhD HRS: interdisciplinary faculty and classes, research has OT focus, mentorship available, dissertation required.

Financial Aid: Faculty grant funding may support student research. Graduate student loans are available. Students interested in receiving information on financial aid should contact:
VCU Director of Financial Aid
MCV Campus
Box 980244
Richmond, VA 23298-0244
(804) 828-9800

Federal Student Aid

Institutional Accreditor (Regional): Southern Association of Colleges and Schools;


University of Puget Sound
Occupational Therapy Program 
School of Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy 
1500 N. Warner Street, CMB 1070
Tacoma, WA 98416-0510 
Phone: (253) 879-3522; Fax: (253) 879-2933 
Web site:

Contact Person: Yvonne Swinth, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, Program Director

Degree(s) Offered: Postprofessional Clinical Doctorate in Occupational Therapy (DrOT)

Major Area(s) of Study: Evidence-based practice, advanced clinical reasoning, occupation and client-centered practice, outcome studies and clinical research in an individualized program of study in the clinician's choice of setting.

Area(s) of Concentration: Physical Dysfunction, Pediatrics, Mental Health, Gerontology, Education, Research, Technology.

Distance Learning Options: Not available.

Admission Requirements: Baccalaureate or master's entry-level degree from an accredited occupational therapy program. Potential for advance study based on transcripts of college work, essay on professional goals, and a professional reference.

Special Features: Within a required framework and individual course of study is designed to meet the needs of each student. Students will meet residency requirements through individualized authentic learning experiences. Program faculty are dedicated to excellence in teaching and research. Program is co-located with an entry-level master's program, with an on-campus teaching clinic. Additional information can be found at

Financial Aid: Fellowships and departmental scholarships available, as well as general graduate aid. Further information may be obtained from the Office of Financial Aid, 1-800-396-7192.

Institutional Accreditor: Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities;

University of Washington
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine
1959 NE Pacific Street, Box 356490
Seattle, WA 98195-6490
Phone: (206) 598-5338; Fax: (206) 685-3244
Web site:

Contact Person: Deborah Kartin, PhD, Director, PhD Program in Rehabilitation Science and Graduate Program Coordinator, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine

Victoria Corrin, MAT, Academic Counselor, PhD Program in Rehabilitation Science

Degree(s) Offered: PhD in Rehabilitation Science

Major Area(s) of Study: Rehabilitation Science is an interdisciplinary field focusing on human function and disability. Basic and applied research from health sciences, social sciences, engineering, and related fields are directed toward (1) enhancing physical and psychosocial functioning, participation in life situations, and quality of life of people with disabilities; and (2) informing relevant social and health care policy. The nationally recognized Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Washington offers a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Rehabilitation Science Degree Program.

Area(s) of Concentration: Education Required course in teaching and teaching practicum; Research Required 18 course credits in research design and statistics; Technology Core course series includes a course on Technology and Disability, numerous opportunities for collaboration with computer science and engineering and other technology resources on campus; Other Each student develops 3 cognates (areas of focus) based on their interests, which may include any of the areas listed.

Distance Learning Options: Not available.

Admission Requirements: The program targets students from rehabilitation-related fields including occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech and language pathology, rehab counseling, medicine, nursing, prosthetics and orthotic, and engineering. The program is committed to expanding the diversity of rehabilitation scientists to meet the needs of the increasingly diverse population. Interested individuals from underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Previous background, including work experience (preferred) and licensure and/or certification to practice (as appropriate), in occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech and language pathology, rehabilitation counseling, prosthetics and orthotics, medicine, nursing, engineering, or other rehabilitation science-related field. Applicants with bachelor's, master's, and clinical doctoral degrees will be considered. Undergraduate and/or graduate minimum GPA of 3.0 in field of study. GRE scores within the last five years. Letters of reference from both academic and clinical settings as appropriate. Evidence of certification and licensure to practice as appropriate.

Special Features: This interdisciplinary PhD program provides a strong foundation in rehabilitation science and research. At the same time the program fosters individual development, allowing the student to individualize his/her PhD program according to specific content and disciplinary interests.

The goal of the PhD Program in Rehabilitation Science is to prepare researchers, educators, and leaders in the area of rehabilitation science to contribute to the development of rehabilitation practice, research, and policy. It is expected that graduates of the PhD Program in Rehabilitation Science will be prepared as researchers, educators, and leaders in the field of rehabilitation science, who will work in academic institutions, service delivery systems (e.g., hospitals, public schools), government agencies, and the private sector. These individuals will be prepared to address research, education, service delivery, and policy challenges requiring an interdisciplinary perspective. The following are three overarching outcomes for graduates of the PhD Program in Rehabilitation Science:

  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge and productivity in rehabilitation science specific to research, education, service delivery, and/or policy.
  • Demonstrate leadership in interdisciplinary collaboration for the purpose of optimizing research, education, service delivery, and/or policy.
  • Generate and extend knowledge that is innovative and rigorously tested within a focused area of rehabilitation science.
Students will complete a 7-quarter core course series and extensive coursework in research methods. In addition, students develop three cognates (areas of focus) to complete their individualized course of study.

Financial Aid: Although the program cannot guarantee financial assistance in the form of graduate student appointments, every effort is made to find opportunities within the Department’s ongoing research and training grants and projects. The program will also facilitate funding opportunities through other campus departments when appropriate. Information on financial assistance and scholarships may be obtained from the University of Washington Office of Financial Aid ( ; (206) 543-6101). Students should apply for financial aid as soon as possible, and prior to potential admission to the program.

Institutional Accreditor (Regional): Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).


Mount Mary University
Occupational Therapy Department 
2900 N. Menomonee River Parkway 
Milwaukee, WI 53222-4597 
Phone: (414) 256-1246; Fax: (414) 256-0194
Web site:

Contact Person: Jane Olson, PhD, OTR, FAOTA, Post-Professional Program Director;

Degree(s) Offered: Doctor of Occupational Therapy

Major Area(s) of Study: The program has 26 credits and takes 21 months (additional 5 credits of prerequisites may be required). Persons with a bachelor's degree in occupational therapy take 12 additional credits (9 months) to earn a Master of Science degree.

Area(s) of Concentration: Physical Rehabilitation, Pediatrics, Gerontology, Mental Health, Education, Leadership

Distance Learning Options: Program is fully online. Students submit a weekly post critiquing professional literature and relating it to practice. Faculty members provide individual feedback and dialogue with students about the integration of that knowledge intro practice. Online courses are offered on a part-time basis allowing students to remain in the work setting for real-time application of knowledge. Students come to campus one time to present a final portfolio.

Admission Requirements: Current license in occupational therapy and one year of professional experience. Master's degree in occupational therapy or a related area, or a bachelor's degree in occupational therapy. No GRE is required. The institution cannot enroll international students in this distance learning program.

Special Features: This part-time distance-delivered program is designed for practicing occupational therapists who seek to advance competencies in specialty practice and service delivery. Program participants enhance depth of knowledge leading to a portfolio of accomplishments that can be used to apply for AOTA Board Certification (physical rehabilitation, pediatrics, gerontology, mental health) or for career advancement (education, leadership). Practitioners with a bachelor's degree transition to a Master of Science degree prior to beginning the doctoral program

A residency with focused activities is completed in the student's work setting. A faculty member and a practice expert who share the student's professional interests serve as mentors during residency activities.

Financial Aid: Financial aid is available.

Institutional Accreditor: The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association;

University of Wisconsin-Madison
Occupational Therapy Program, Department of Kinesiology
1001 Gymnasium-Natatorium
2000 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706
Web site:

Contact Person:
John Hageman, Graduate Secretary
Phone: (608) 262-2936; Fax: (608) 262-1656

Ruth E. Benedict, DrPH, OTR, Program Director
1300 University Avenue, Rm 2120 MSC
Madison, WI 53706-1532
Phone: (608) 265-0543

Degree(s) Offered: PhD in Kinesiology - Occupational Science Track

Major Area(s) of Study: Occupational Science

Area(s) of Concentration: The program prepares occupational therapists to serve as researchers and educators who are able to contribute to the understanding of the theoretical and empirical relationships between occupation, physiological health, and psychological wellbeing. Graduate students work closely with an academic mentor to pursue research on issues that will expand our current understanding of occupational science and its application to life-span development and health. Research is conducted in a broad range of contexts ranging from laboratories with technologically advanced data gathering and analysis equipment to whole communities. Prospective students are encouraged to review faculty Web pages and publications to identify a potential academic mentor.

Faculty mentor model with faculty expertise in the following:
  • Ausderau: Daily occupations, specifically eating and mealtimes, among families and children with autism spectrum disorders; impact on the child's health, family wellness, and overall daily participation; sensory features in children with autism spectrum disorder, including their development and the impact on daily participation.
  • Benedict: Epidemiology of functional limitations; therapy and support service needs; and impact of interventions among children with special needs.
  • Edwards: Independence and community participation among elders with Alzheimer's disease and stroke; effects on families and caregivers; health disparities and minority recruitment.
  • Larson: Well-being, cross-cultural differences, and daily occupations among mothers of children with disabilities; qualitative and mixed method, experience sampling and survey methodoligies.
Distance Learning Options: A post-professional online/blended learning OTD program is currently under development with expected approval in 2014.

Admission Requirements:
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test (Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical sections);
  • Satisfaction of University of Wisconsin-Madison Graduate School and Department of Kinesiology graduate admission requirements. Graduate from an approved program of basic professional education in occupational therapy. Completion of a Master's degree is required (may be completed within the Occupational Science Program). If the Master's degree was awarded without a thesis, then evidence of scholarly writing is required.
Special Features: As a world-class research university, the UW-Madison has extensive resources to support research across and beyond campus. The UW-Madison Libraries are the 11th largest research collection in North America. There are over 20,000 journals available electronically, as well as numerous e-books. Many of these resources are accessed through more than 650 databases. The UW Libraries provide a wealth of support services including electronic equipment check-out (e.g., laptop computers, projectors, digital cameras and tape recorders), computer labs, software training and support, poster printing, and access to citation management services. Librarians are available for consultation through real-time chat, instant messaging, email, phone and in-person.

Graduate students also have access to extensive analytical and statistical software through the Social Sciences Computing Cooperative. Advanced technology permits students to create, store and back-up their work from virtually any environment with internet availability.

Financial Aid: Caroline Thompson Fellowships, Project, Research and Teaching Assistantships which provide full tuition remission and stipend or income. School of Education Graduate Research Scholars (Ed-GRS) program which is a community of graduate students from diverse socio-economic and cultural backgrounds receiving Advanced Opportunity Fellowships (AOF). Maternal and Child Health Bureau-funded Traineeships through the Waisman Center LEND Program.

Institutional Accreditor (Regional): The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association;