The mission of the post-professional Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) program is to enable occupational therapists in any practice area to develop roles and skills beyond that of the therapist-clinician. Our program supports their development toward practitioner-scholars who can translate knowledge, including cross-disciplinary theories and research, into practice, and who are capable of serving as change agents in new and expanded arenas within the field of occupational therapy.
The post-professional OTD curriculum is designed to prepare practicing occupational therapists to become advanced practitioners capable of serving as evidence-based leaders. The capstone component is an integral part of the program. It is designed to develop occupational therapists with advanced knowledge/skills in one of the following eight areas: clinical practice, research skills, administration, leadership, program and policy development, advocacy, education, or theory development.
With a keen understanding of the responsibilities of the practicing occupational therapist that holds a master's degree, this mission is accomplished by offering a two-year, part-time online program. It combines web-based instruction with a onetime campus visit to present Capstone to faculty and students. Our program is unique in that post-professional OTD students have an opportunity to interact with both MSOT students at the Erie, PA campus and entry-level OTD students at the Ruskin, FL campus.