Post-Professional Doctorate, Online


  • College of Rehabilitation Sciences

Degree Earned

  • Doctorate

Program Length


Program Type

  • Online


The curriculum for a Post-Professional Doctorate in Occupational Therapy (PPOTD) provides an individualized plan of study with electives that match your interests and goals, a fellowship program and a capstone project. 

Number of Credits to Earn an OTD

Level of Study Minimum Credits
Bachelor's or post-baccalaureate certificate in OT to PP-OTD 46
Master's to PP-OTD 33

13 credits

Students entering our program with a BS or post-baccalaureate certificate in OT must take the following courses before beginning their doctorate-level core courses.

Course Title Semester Offered Credits
UNC Evidence Based Practice Tutorial  All semesters 0
Research Methods and Mentorship All except Summer II 4
Leading Edge Occupational Therapy Practice Fall, Spring 3
Advanced Occupational Therapy Practicum *
All except Summer II 6

* A total of 6 credits can be earned for documented clinical practice experience since graduation. Waiver is contingent on completion of appropriate clinical practice forms and requires that students register for the Advanced Occupational Therapy Practicum course. Students also must be members of the America Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).

minimum 15 credits

Students entering with an MS begin with these courses. Those entering with BS may take these courses after completing the above requirements.

Course Title Semester Offered Credits
Advanced Level Evidence-Based Practice (Adv. EBP) Fall 3
Leadership: Moving Beyond Traditional Roles Spring 3
Visionary Practice Development and Evaluation *
Fall, Spring 3
OTD Seminars A, B, and C ** All 3
Seminar in Clinical Research All 3

* Prerequisites: Adv. EBP and Leadership

** 1 credit each, offered each semester. B and C are taken later in student's course of study, after choosing a topic for the Fellowship and Capstone.

Course Descriptions
  • Visionary Practice Development and Evaluation  enables you to create and evaluate innovative programs designed to meet identified needs of patients/clients and populations.
  • Advanced Level Evidence Based Practice (EBP) focuses on skills to analyze research evidence and apply advanced EBP strategies to clinic and community settings.
  • Leadership: Moving Beyond Traditional Roles is designed to advance your skills in leadership, entrepreneurship, teaching, health policy, and public health.
  • Doctorate Seminars (offered sequentially throughout the program) provides opportunities to develop skills needed for advanced practice, including development of supporting evidence, theory, and a timeline for the final doctoral project (Fellowship and Capstone). These seminars are offered as PP-OTD Seminar A (introduction) and P-POTD Seminars B and C, which culminate in a Fellowship proposal that forms the basis for the final doctoral project.

Minimum 9 credits

All courses from the Advanced Practice Certificates in Autism, Design in Health Care, Hand and Upper Limb Rehabilitation, Coaching, Outcomes Research, Neuroscience, and Teaching in the Digital Age can serve as electives for the PPOTD program. Other electives include  Cultural Competence and Humility and Health Literacy.

In addition to the electives from Advanced Practice Certificates and the other electives listed, students may take other Thomas Jefferson University graduate electives or courses transferred in from other accredited schools to meet the 9-12 credit requirement.

6-9 credits

Course Title Semester Offered Credits
Clinical Fellowship  All 3
Capstone Project  All 3