Advance Your Practice with a Post-Professional Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD)
Be part of an occupational therapy program that makes you a top priority with classes taught by scholars and leaders in the field. With a strong legacy of developing occupational therapists since 1941 and advancing their education with post-professional degrees since 1995, Mount Mary is the university to move your practice forward.
About the Post-Professional OTD Program
The post-professional Occupational Therapy Doctorate is designed for practicing occupational therapists (OT/OTR) who seek to transition from a master's degree to a doctorate and advance competencies in their chosen area of practice. As a professional in our program, you will:
- learn to enhance your reflection about practice based on occupation, theory, and evidence
- design a program intervention and evaluation for a targeted population and organization
- critique and create practice alternatives for the occupational therapy profession
As a graduate you will be able to:
- use leadership skills to design and implement program ideas that meet the needs of an organization and a population
- collaborate using interprofessional strategies to develop and analyze program interventions
- synthesize in-depth knowledge to design solutions for practice challenges based on professional evidence
The Post-Professional OTD is a 30-credit program with 10 credits transferred from an occupational therapy master's degree educational program. The program is completed in 12 months on a part-time basis with all courses completed online. By remaining in a work setting while engaging in advanced education, you'll develop reflective practice skills in a manner that has ongoing real-world application. Read more about the technology requirements.
Program of Study:
OCT 800: Professional Doctorate Plan (2 credits) Leadership development for interprofessional collaboration with an organizational partner and population including networking and advocacy.
OCT 802: Population Services (2 credits) Occupational therapy’s unique contribution to population services including population research, program development, and grant writing.
OCT 810: Advanced Occupational Therapy Practice (2 credits) Curated readings from professional literature in practice area (children and youth, physical rehabilitation and disability, productive aging, and wellness/prevention/mental health).
OCT 812: Specialty Practice Residency (4 credits) Needs assessment - population profile, organizational narrative, occupational injustice / occupational opportunity, program intervention plan within partner organization and population contexts.
OCT 814: Specialty Practice Competency (2 credits) Professional literature addressing population needs and supporting program intervention.
OCT 814A: Doctoral Advising (1 credit) Mentored population services development through review and reflection on professional literature
OCT 816: Specialty Practice Project (2 credits) Population services program proposal including program intervention, implementation operational details, program evaluation and stakeholder feedback. Includes networking, leadership and grant proposal.
OCT 816A: Doctoral Advising (1 credit) Mentored population services program proposal development through reflection on proposal components and stakeholder input.
OCT 818: Professional Doctorate Portfolio (4 credits) Population services proposal demonstrating critical reflection and synthesis of knowledge, skills and competencies for population services through a scholarly paper, scholarly report, scholarly presentation and leadership. Includes presentation to organization and professional community. Includes doctoral committee review of portfolio and oral defense by doctoral candidate.
TOTAL CREDITS: 20 (10 credits transferred from a master's degree program in occupational therapy)
Don't have a master's degree?
Mount Mary also offers a bridge program for practicing occupational therapists with a bachelor's degree who wish to earn a post-professional OTD. Bridging from a bachelor's degree to an occupational therapy doctorate requires completion of the Post-Professional Master of Science degree, a 9 month, 12 credit program. Visit our Post-Professional Master of Science page for more information.
To apply to the OTD program, please submit the following items:
- Graduate Student Application
- Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
- Copy of current OT license
- Copy of government-issued photo ID
Completed applications are reviewed on a rolling basis each year to begin the program in June. Qualified applicants will be contacted to complete an interview and writing sample. Upon notification of admission, applicants must submit a tuition deposit to confirm their intent to enroll. A maximum of 14 students are admitted each year.
Have questions about the program? Reach out to the Post-Professional Program Director, Dr. Jane Olson, at firstname.lastname@example.org.