Program Overview

An occupational therapist with a doctoral degree from Quinnipiac is equipped with the knowledge and skills to develop programs, lead teams, teach others and produce scholarly work.

Our Entry-Level Dual-Degree BS in Health Science Studies/Doctor of Occupational Therapy (4+2) program is built on 50 years of academic excellence promoting leaders in clinical and academic practice. In this 6-year program, you will earn a bachelor's degree in 4 years and continue with 2 years of graduate study to earn a doctorate. Our curriculum consists of 4 integrated tiers:

  • Tier 1: Foundational Knowledge: Consists of the University Curriculum, OT prerequisites, and clinical science and theoretical foundations. This is completed in Year 4 of the undergraduate curriculum.

  • Tier 2: Occupational Therapy Process: Consists of dynamic lectures and seminars integrated with laboratory and immersive clinical experiences to prepare students for entry-level practice. This tier is completed in Years 4 and 5.

  • Tier 3: Fieldwork or Clinicals: A pair of 12-week, full-time fieldwork experiences highlight this tier. Students are required to have 1 traditional fieldwork experience and 1 non-traditional fieldwork experience.

  • Tier 4: Doctoral Capstone: This includes preparation for in-depth practice beyond entry-level competencies and culminates in a 14-week doctoral capstone experience combined with a scholarly project. Satisfactory completion of the fieldwork and capstone experiences earn the student a Doctor of Occupational Therapy degree.

The BS/OTD program is a full-time, intensive program designed to be completed in 6 years. The graduate phase of the curriculum requires matriculation in the fall, spring and summer terms. Didactic coursework is delivered using a combination of face-to-face and online/hybrid learning.