Become a change leader in occupational therapy
Our Occupational Therapy Doctorate program is aligned with the American Occupational Therapy Association’s goal of producing active practitioners who serve as agents of change, foster excellence in practice and maximize the health, well-being and quality of life for those they serve.
The program emphasizes a steady accumulation of practical skills that can immediately be applied to enhance your current practice. Course work covers the inner workings of today’s health care system and the role of occupational therapists within that continuum. The program also explores emerging issues in a variety of settings, enabling students to build the skills needed to lead within those specific environments. Graduates of the program are positioned for leadership roles within an active practice, or as educators at the collegiate level.
The program is designed to accommodate the busy lives of working OT professionals. Courses can be broken up into modules of varying duration delivered asynchronously in our flexible online classroom, allowing students to complete their assignments around any schedule. Residency requirements are minimal and consist of a one-week, on-campus class offered during the summer and a single Symposium Day prior to Commencement.
In their Words
“I was employed as an OT practitioner while pursuing my advanced OT degree, and was able to immediately apply everything I was learning, including research on current evidence in my area of interest. The depth of my knowledge, understanding and application improved with each new course and new assignment. I not only gained confidence in my current position, but in my ability to take on new roles within my professional organization and be a more effective practitioner at the individual level, organizational and societal levels.”Shannon S., OTD ’15Occupational Therapy Doctorate
“We are encouraged to share our experiences with our classmates in an effort to bridge theory and practice. Although I have over 25 years of clinical experience, the education that I’ve received in this program has deepened my understanding of factors relating to my practice, and I believe that it has helped me to become a better clinician.”Mindy G., OTD ‘15Occupational Therapy Doctorate
About Online Learning
Flexible scheduling meets world-class education
Online learning with Quinnipiac University delivers the guided educational experience of a traditional, instructor-led environment coupled with the schedule flexibility needed for adult learners to succeed. Innovative teaching methods and asynchronous classes enable students to work at their own pace, while also enjoying peer interaction and a collaborative learning experience to maximize their learning outcomes.
Curriculum and Requirements
The Occupational Therapy Department offers multiple avenues for registered occupational therapists to advance their education.
Occupational Therapy Doctorate
To be eligible to apply to the online post-professional Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) program, students need to have completed either a bachelor's degree in occupational therapy with a separate master's degree, a master's degree in occupational therapy, OR the Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Occupational Therapy. The program provides students with an opportunity to integrate clinical experience with theoretical concepts within the clinical literature, incorporate advanced concepts of policy and advocacy into practice, and develop the capacity for clinical scholarship. Students can customize most assignments to their own area of interest so that they can immediately apply what they are learning into their practice environment.
Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in OT
In two semesters of online coursework, occupational therapy practitioners can earn a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies from Quinnipiac University in their choice of three tracks:
School-Based Practice: This certificate program focuses on advanced topics in school-based practice. Students deeply explore legislation, assessment, intervention and innovative approaches to school-based practice.
Teaching and Learning: Students in this certificate program analyze learning theory and the relationship between learning theory and occupational therapy. Additionally, students explore various educational models and tools to enhance teaching and professional presentations.
Hand Therapy: Students explore best practices and evidence in hand therapy and synthesize their knowledge through a critique of clinical protocols and practice guidelines.
Bridge from BSOT to OTD: Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in OT
This program recognizes the fact that a number of experienced practitioners previously entered the field of occupational therapy when the bachelor’s degree was the accepted entry-level degree. As demands within health care have evolved, so did the educational requirements for students. This certificate program is designed for individuals who currently have an entry-level BS in Occupational Therapy with initial National Certification Board for Occupational Therapy (NBCOT/AOTCB) certification to form a bridge from BS to an OTD. Following successful completion of this program, students receive a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies and are able to matriculate into Quinnipiac University's Occupational Therapy Doctorate program.
On-Campus Residency Requirement
All students are required to attend one summer course at Quinnipiac University for the duration of one week (OT 656). Students also are required to attend the Symposium Day at the completion of the second year to present their final project.
OTD classes begin in the fall. Program requires five semesters: two academic years and summer between.
Occupational Therapy Course of Study
|OT 652||Doctoral Seminar||1|
|OT 654||Critical Inquiry of Scholarship||3|
|OT 640||Directed Study in Evidence-Based Practice||3|
|OT 650||Application of Theory and Exploration of Occupation||3|
|OT 655||Professional Seminar||3|
|OT 656||Critical Inquiry of Scholarship II 1||4|
or OT 662
|Seminar: Innovations and Emerging Issues in Children and Youth
or Seminar: Innovations and Emerging Issues in the Adult Health Care Continuum
|OT 680||Capstone I||2|
|OT 671||Leadership in Higher Education||3|
|OT 681||Capstone II||2|
A portion of this course is taken at Quinnipiac University to fulfill the residency requirement.
Completion of all courses with a cumulative GPA of 3.0.
Additional course details
Explore descriptions, schedule and instructor information using the Course Finder tool.
To qualify for admission to the occupational therapy doctorate (OTD) program, a student must have a bachelor‘s degree in occupational therapy with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and related master’s degree, OR a master‘s degree in occupational therapy with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Classes begin in August for the fall term. Candidates are advised to submit their applications as early as possible.
Please note: For students who have a bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy as their highest level of education, the online Certificate in Advanced Graduate Studies in Occupational Therapy can serve as a bridge into the Occupational Therapy Doctorate program in two semesters.
An application consists of the following:
- Completed application form
- $45 application fee
- Updated resume
- Personal essay
- Official transcripts, indicating the year of graduation from an Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) or a World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT) accredited entry-level professional program
- Proof of initial certification by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) or AOTCB initial certification (prior to NBCOT)
- Verification of employment as an occupational therapist: minimum of 6,000 hours of OT practice (equals three years FTE) with at least 4,000 hours (equals two FTE years or four to six part time years) within the last six years
- Proof of licensure to practice (if applicable in the state of current practice)
- Two professional references
- When applicable, completion of the TOEFL exam
All accepted students will also be required to complete a background check and drug screen following acceptance and before the start of classes. Acceptances will be conditional prior to satisfactory completion of both. Instructions for completing these are below.
Background Check Directions
Visit the ApplicationStation website
- Enter QUINCBCOTONLINE in the Application Station Code field.
- Click the ”Sign Up Now“ button to create an account.
- Follow the instructions on the Application Station website.
The background check includes:
- Social Security number validation/verification
- Criminal record searches (statewide, county and federal searches)
- National criminal database search
- Sex offender registry search
- Sanctions-based search