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Merit Scholarships Available for all Matriculated Post-Professional Students +  $895/credit (no application to complete)*

*If you have Boston University vouchers, you can use up to 6 credits of vouchers towards courses in the PP-OTD program. Check if your employer offers tuition assistance.

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.

A global community of OT leaders

With graduates from six continents, our PP-OTD program has been at the forefront of building a global Occupational Therapy workforce. Sargent has 20 years of experience in distance education with more than 170 graduates who have gone on to leadership careers in education and professional organizations. Most importantly, we’re here to compassionately support our students to help them earn their post-professional OTD degree in the way that works best for them.

Our post-professional doctoral degree program 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.

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.

Want to learn more?

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