Occupational Therapy Doctorate, Center City

College

  • Center City Campus
  • College of Rehabilitation Sciences

Degree Earned

  • Doctorate

Program Length

3 years

Program Type

  • On Campus

Program Start

Fall Semester

Prerequisites

BA or BS | See More

Program Contact

Name: Tina DeAngelis, EdD, MS, OTR/L
Positions:
  • Director, Doctorate Programs in Occupational Therapy
Organization: East Falls & Center City Campus
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The Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (OTD) is an entry-level practice doctorate designed to prepare students to enter the field of occupational therapy at the doctoral level.  Students with a bachelor’s degree, or higher, in a field other than occupational therapy and who are in the process of completing, or have successfully completed, the prerequisite courses are eligible to apply. 

Program Overview

The Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (OTD) is an entry-level practice doctorate designed to prepare students to enter the field of occupational therapy at the doctoral level. Students with a bachelor’s degree, or higher, in a field other than occupational therapy and who are in the process of completing, or have successfully completed, the prerequisite courses are eligible to apply.

The OTD program is designed to develop occupational therapists with in-depth knowledge to one or more of the following: clinical practice skills, research skills, administration, leadership, program and policy development, advocacy, education, and theory development, in order to engage in collaborative research and practice as a direct care provider, consultant, educator, manager, leader, researcher, and advocate for the profession and the consumer. The OTD program is completed in three years and consists of 47 undergraduate credits of basic professional knowledge and 68 graduate credits of in-depth knowledge and skill.

Curriculum

The OTD program consists of three years of training:

Year 1

September-May: fall and spring semester coursework

May-June: summer session coursework

Year 2

September-December: fall semester coursework

January-June: two full-time Fieldwork Level II rotations (full-time) and online coursework

July-August: summer session coursework fully online and completion of competency exam

Year 3

September-December: minimum of 280 hours doctoral capstone experience and doctoral capstone project and online fall session coursework

January-May: minimum of 280 hours doctoral capstone experience and doctoral capstone project and online spring session coursework and completion of scholarly project suitable for publication & oral presentation

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