Occupational Therapy (OTD) – Post-Professional

The Post-Professional Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) degree program offers advanced clinical coursework and experiences in a variety of focus areas. Towson University’s program is designed to be part-time and delivered online to meet the needs of practitioners who want to prepare for advanced practice and leadership roles while continuing to work.

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The Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) is designed for licensed occupational therapists with a master’s degree who wish to advance their clinical expertise, skills, and potential for leadership.

The degree is 33 credits, and can be completed part time in as few as six consecutive semesters. Coursework includes advanced intervention and assessment courses, and in-depth educational experiences in the systems, funding and mechanisms in health care delivery from an occupational therapy perspective. A two-course individualized capstone research project, supported by Inter-Professional Education courses, allows students to gain knowledge and the ability to translate evidence for clinical practice relative to their area of expertise. Students are encouraged to use coursework toward an AOTA Board & Specialty Certification application.

This doctoral program is designed for working therapists and offers the following:

  1. Part-time, year-round course offerings (two courses per semester)
  2. Ability to take classes in an online format with on-site immersion experiences
  3. Course content and learning activities that align with Board Certification requirements
  4. A community of scholars engaged in applied occupation-based research across the lifespan

For more information, view admission requirements and degree requirements.

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Kendra Heatwole Shank, PhD, OTR/L
PPOTD Program Director
Kendra Heatwole Shank, PhD, OTR/L
Linthicum Hall
Room 340C
Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.