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Distance Education: Online Post-Professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy

PP-OTD Program Director:

Karen Jacobs, EdD, OTR/L, CPE, FAOTA617-353-7516 (office) 617-785-0294 (cell)

Merit-Based Scholarships Available

If you’re an occupational therapy practitioner who would like to assume a leadership role and help shape the future of your field, you may be ready for advanced study beyond the master’s level. The Post-Professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy (PP-OTD) program at Sargent College is designed to provide the highest level of quality education with a focus on flexibility and a strong mentorship model. Students in the PP-OTD program are paired in a one-on-one relationship with our faculty, who provide each student with personal guidance throughout the program.

Our post-professional doctoral degree program in occupational therapy is designed for you.

Boston University’s PP-OTD program is offered exclusively in a distance learning format, and is open to graduates from any ACOTE-accredited entry-level occupational therapy program or (for international applicants) graduates of a WFOT-approved program. This innovative program allows students to earn their doctorate without disrupting their careers or relocating their families. Now a doctoral-level education is readily accessible to occupational therapists who wish to shape the future of our profession and health care.

The program will prepare you to:

  • Critically evaluate theory and evidence in your area of practice.
  • Identify gaps or shortcomings in current intervention methods and programs.
  • Design innovative responses to fill those unmet needs.

kd (2)Karen Duddy: “The Boston University Online Doctoral Program has helped me realize and promote my own capacities and creativity, both on a professional and personal level. Being a part of this program has significantly changed my worldview. I’ve rediscovered the importance and power of occupation, and the potential for our profession to be a vital part of the new public health and prevention models. Through the course of this program and becoming a part of the BU community, I discovered my own sense of purpose and meaning, and a professional clarity that I could not have imagined”.