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Online Post-Professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy

PP-OTD Program Director:

Karen Jacobs, EdD, OT, OTR, CPE, FAOTA 617-353-7516 (office) 617-785-0294 (cell)

Merit-Based Scholarships Available for post-professional students

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 an on-line format. It is open to occupational therapists who have either a BS and MS in occupational therapy from an ACOTE or WFOT-accredited degree program or  who can provide a National Government Recognition document of their program in occupational therapy. Those students who obtained a GPA of 3.0 or better on the US 4-point scale in their OT program are exempt from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

We matriculate students into the PP-OTD program in January, May, and September.

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 therapist who wish to shape the future of our professional 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.
  • Advocate for systemic changes in policy meeting societal needs.
  • Apply ethical considerations that affect the health and wellness needs of those who are experiencing or are at risk for social injustice, occupational deprivation, or disparity in service provision.

Online Post-Professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy program graduate Karen DuddyKaren 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”.