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Post-Professional Occupational Therapy Doctorate (online)

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Occupational therapy has grown into a varied profession offering an entire network of in-demand health services in a range of new environments. Our online Post-Professional Occupational Therapy Doctorate gives practitioners the refined practical skills needed to inspire change within their communities and the profession as a whole.

Program Overview

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.

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.

Class Schedule

OTD classes begin in the fall. Program requires five semesters: two academic years and summer between.

Occupational Therapy Course of Study

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterCredits
OT 651 Systems 3
OT 652 Doctoral Seminar 1
OT 654 Critical Inquiry of Scholarship 3
Spring Semester
OT 640 Directed Study in Evidence-Based Practice 3
OT 650 Application of Theory and Exploration of Occupation 3
Summer Semester
OT 655 Professional Seminar 3
OT 656 Critical Inquiry of Scholarship II 1 4
Second Year
Fall Semester
OT 653 Policy/Ethics 2
OT 660
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
Spring Semester
OT 671 Leadership in Higher Education 3
OT 681 Capstone II 2
 Total Credits32

A portion of this course is taken at Quinnipiac University to fulfill the residency requirement.

Graduation Requirements

Completion of all courses with a cumulative GPA of 3.0.

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