Next Start Date August 24
Est.Program Length 16 months
Course Length 7 or 14 weeks
Credit Hours 31-32
Cost Per Credit $600
Accreditation Higher Learning Commission
Post-Professional Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) Overview
Take the next step in your career with the post-professional doctorate in occupational therapy online program from Shawnee State University Online Campus. As a working healthcare professional, you’ll benefit from a flexible format designed for adult learners and an interactive learning environment focused on your success.
There is no residency requirement, so you can study on your schedule as you work toward your post-professional OTD degree. Our faculty are experts who bring real-world experience to their teaching and provide personalized attention to help you meet your goals.
The career-focused curriculum of the post-professional doctorate in occupational therapy takes a lifelong learning approach driven by your professional interests and goals. Coursework includes essential topics to advance your career as an evidence-based practitioner, deepening your understanding of occupational justice and the influence of policy on practice while further developing your clinical leadership and entrepreneurship skills.
With Shawnee State, you can earn a post-professional OTD that will qualify you for meaningful professional advancement as a leader in your field.
The Post-Professional Occupational Therapy Doctorate Is Designed for:
- Practicing occupational therapists who are ready to expand their skills as master clinicians.
- Practicing occupational therapists seeking advanced study to become practitioner-scholars.
- Practicing occupational therapists looking for a flexible online degree that fits their busy life.
Earn your post-professional OTD in just 16 months.
This no-residency degree is designed to fit the schedule of working occupational therapists.
Learn from Expert Educators
Professors provide one-on-one attention and bring years of experience to the classroom.
Courses and Requirements
13-14 Total Courses In This Program
The post-professional OTD degree program consists of 13–14 courses. The curriculum will prepare you for leadership roles through courses covering advanced topics in occupational therapy.
Intro to Doctoral Studies in Occupational Therapy
Application of Theory & Evidence-Based Practice
Evaluation Effectiveness of Occupation-Based Interventions: Clients
Evaluation Effectiveness of Occupation-Based Programs
Advanced Synthesis of Policy & Occupational Justice
Entrepreneurship & Expanding Occupation-Based Practice
Clinical Teaching & Instructional Methods in Occupational Therapy
Cultural Competency for Occupation-Based Practice
Professional Development & Clinical Leadership
Independent Study (optional)
Capstone I: Literature Review
Capstone II: Needs Assessment
Capstone III: Program Development
Capstone IV: Doctoral Project Dissemination
Applicants for the post-professional doctorate in occupational therapy online program must have:
- An ACOTE-accredited, entry-level master’s degree in occupational therapy from an accredited university with an overall graduate school GPA of 3.25
- Occupational therapy state licensure in state(s) currently practicing and certification from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT®)
How to Apply
To apply for Shawnee State’s post-professional doctorate in occupational therapy online program, please contact an enrollment counselor and prepare to submit the following:
- Completed application
- Transcripts of an entry-level, ACOTE-accredited master’s degree in occupational therapy from an accredited institution showing an overall 3.25 GPA or higher on a 4.0 scale
- A copy of your current occupational therapy license
- A reflective personal essay
- A resume
- Two letters of recommendation from educational or professional sources
Costs & Financial Aid
Tuition for the post-professional OTD program is $600 per credit hour.
Component Cost Total* Full Program Tuition $600 per credit hour $18,600 Total $18,600 Tuition with Maximum Transfer Credits (Up to ) $600 per credit hour $18,600 Total with Transfer Credits $18,600 Component Cost Total* Full Program Tuition $650 per credit hour $20,150 Total $20,150 Tuition with Maximum Transfer Credits (Up to ) $650 per credit hour $20,150 Total $20,150
Time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress. Fees are charged per semester unless otherwise noted. This program takes 16 months to complete. For a personalized estimate of time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 855-815-0323 or request more information.
* Tuition and fees are subject to change.
To help make your online education more affordable, Shawnee State offers financial aid in the form of loans, scholarships, and grants. If you have questions, our experienced enrollment counselors and tuition planners will assist you through the process.
At Shawnee State, we want those who have served our country to get the education they deserve. As a veteran or current member of the U.S. military, you can receive federal and state educational benefits through the VA, and we will provide you with guidance and support throughout your online education.
The post-professional doctorate in occupational therapy online provides occupational therapy professionals the credential necessary to advance their careers and increase their earning potential.
After completing your post-professional OTD, you will be qualified for several advanced career paths in the field, including clinical leadership, high-level clinical practice, consulting, and those in academic settings.
The median annual salary for occupational therapists is $84,270. With the post-professional OTD degree credential, you will be eligible for advanced roles earning more than $120,750, the top 10 percent of annual salaries.
Salary information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.