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Post-Professional Occupational Therapy Doctorate (online)

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Introduction

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.

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

There are two paths to obtain the Post-Professional Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD): Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in OT to OTD and Master's to OTD. The requirements for each are listed below. 

Bachelor of Science to OTD (Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in OT)

This certificate 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. Current occupational therapy students graduate with a master’s degree. The clinical experience required for the program ensures practitioners begin their studies with significant current work experience. This certificate program therefore is designed to form a bridge from the BS to an OTD.

This program begins each spring and requires two semesters of course work.

All students currently holding an entry-level BS in Occupational Therapy with initial National Certification Board for Occupational Therapy (NBCOT)/AOTCB certification will be required to complete the Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Occupational Therapy prior to entering the OTD curriculum.

Master’s Degree to Occupational Therapy Doctorate

To be eligible to apply to the Online Post-Professional Occupational Therapy Doctorate 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. 

Tracks

Each student designates one course for each of the two specialization tracks at the end of the first year of study. Tracks are designed to offer the students the ability to focus on a particular area of interest. The tracks are designed to cover a variety of populations and settings, allowing the student latitude to focus study to a particular area within the track if desired. The tracks are as follows:

  1. Innovations and Emerging Issues in Practice
  2. Leadership

OT Track Curriculums

Professional Development
OT 650
Application of Theory and Exploration of Occupation
OT 651
Systems
OT 652
Doctoral Seminar
OT 653
Policy/Ethics
OT 655
Professional Seminar (residency class)
Critical Inquiry of Scholarship
Courses must be completed in the order listed:
OT 654
Critical Inquiry of Scholarship
OT 640
Directed Study in Evidence-Based Practice
OT 656
Critical Inquiry of Scholarship II
OT 680
Capstone I
OT 681
Capstone II
Courses within the Tracks
OT 660
Seminar: Innovations and Emerging Issues in Children and Youth
OT 661
Seminar: Innovations and Emerging Issues in Environmental Adaptations
OT 662
Seminar: Innovations and Emerging Issues in the Adult Health Care Continuum
OT 670
Leadership in Program Development/Business
OT 671
Leadership in Higher Education
OT 672
Leadership in Practice

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

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
 Credits7
Spring Semester
OT 640 Directed Study in Evidence-Based Practice 3
OT 650 Application of Theory and Exploration of Occupation 3
 Credits6
Summer Semester
12-week courses:  
OT 655 Professional Seminar 3
OT 656 Critical Inquiry of Scholarship II 1 4
 Credits7
Second Year
Fall Semester
Second Year: Tracks:  
OT 653 Policy/Ethics 2
Select one of the following: 3
OT 660
Seminar: Innovations and Emerging Issues in Children and Youth  
OT 661
Seminar: Innovations and Emerging Issues in Environmental Adaptations  
OT 662
Seminar: Innovations and Emerging Issues in the Adult Health Care Continuum  
OT 680 Capstone I 2
 Credits7
Spring Semester
Select one of the following: 3
OT 670
Leadership in Program Development/Business  
OT 671
Leadership in Higher Education  
OT 672
Leadership in Practice  
OT 681 Capstone II 2
 Credits5
 Total Credits32
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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.