Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)
Occupational therapy is a growing field with an opportunity to positively change lives. From comprehensive evaluations to the therapeutic use of everyday activities, occupational therapists promote quality of life for the patients that they serve.
Get started today and pursue a Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) degree. An entry level Occupational Therapy Degree program, OTD is designed for students with a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree who want to become licensed occupational therapists.
The mission of the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences (USAHS) OTD program is to graduate OT practitioners with the doctoral skills necessary to analyze human occupation and to implement science-driven and evidence-based interventions that promote quality of life for the clients whom they will serve.
All USAHS OTD graduates will contribute to their profession and to a global society through their competence, ethical standards and professionalism. Upon successful completion of the OTD program, graduates will demonstrate preparation beyond the generalist level in practice, theory and research skills, leadership, advocacy and program development.
The USAHS OTD curriculum also enables student flexibility by blending online learning components with traditional on-campus, face-to-face learning. As a result, student interaction with faculty and fellow classmates is more meaningful, significant and effective.
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- Get started today. We offer three start dates per year – fall, spring and summer
- Choose your campus. OTD is offered in St. Augustine, FL, Austin, TX and San Marcos, CA
- Participate in interprofessional education. Collaborate, contribute your perspective and learn from students in other health professions
- Work with patients while you earn your degree. Partner with a faculty mentor to compete your practicum in your own community
- Learn from doctorally prepared faculty. Work alongside faculty who are practicing professionals and leaders in their fields
- Gain hands on experience.
- 117 credits. Average time to completion: 2 years and 8 months
Already a licensed Occupational Therapist with a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree? Check out our Online Post-professional OTD.
MOT or OTD?
The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) mandated that the entry-level degree requirement for the occupational therapist will move to the doctoral level by July 1, 2027. (1) As a result, both the Master of Occupational Therapy and Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) degrees enable you to start your career as an OT clinician.
While the MOT degree is a quicker pathway to licensure with 2 less trimesters, the OTD is a higher level degree with a capstone experiential project that prepares graduates for advanced roles in research, practice leadership, and advocacy for special populations. The OTD is also the degree of the future – so get started now!
Check out our MOT vs OTD chart for a side-by-side comparison of the two programs.
At USAHS, we are a graduate university that specializes in health sciences. We are committed to the development of professional health care practitioners through innovative, individualized, and quality education. Each of our academic programs focuses on foundational sciences and concepts, sound decision-making, and strong technical skill development. Read more about our mission.
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