Doctor of Occupational Therapy

Distance Education Post-Professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)

The OTD program prepares occupational therapists to assume leadership roles in developing and evaluating innovative responses to health-care needs related to occupational performance and societal participation.

Completion of the doctoral project is a central feature of the program. The project includes critically analyzing the theoretical and evidence base for current approaches, analyzing the social and cultural factors affecting the practice context, developing a scientifically grounded innovation to improve service outcomes, and designing methods to evaluate individual and program-level outcomes.

This innovative program is offered online with two short on-campus components at the beginning and end. Students take one seven-week course while concurrently working on the doctoral project each semester. The OTD requires 33 credits, or 10 courses. Students may be required to complete six foundation courses, depending on their past educational experiences, prior to their doctorate study.

For more on the post-professional OTD program (including program and course descriptions, admission requirements, and procedures), please visit the Doctor of Occupational Therapy page on our website; email Karen Jacobs; or call 617-353-7516.

Doctoral Program in Rehabilitation Sciences (ScD)

Occupational therapy faculty participate actively in the interdisciplinary Doctor of Science Program in Rehabilitation Sciences. Occupational therapists interested in pursuing doctoral study to prepare for a career in research and teaching can find a detailed description of the ScD program under Rehabilitation Sciences.