Post-Professional OTD Overview
The Post-Professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy (PPOTD) at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences offers practitioners with either a bachelor’s or master’s degree in occupational therapy the opportunity to advance their studies in the areas of clinical practice skills, research skills, administration, leadership, program development, and education.
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- Complete the program entirely online when it fits into your busy schedule. Or participate in an option to join us for an on campus residency. This program is designed to be flexible for you.
- Start the program when you're ready. We offer three rolling start dates throughout the year.
- Enjoy the benefits of an interprofessional education and learn with other health care professionals, just as you would in a clinical setting.
- Learn from expert faculty who are leaders in their field.
- Gain support from a team of advisors including an enrollment advisor, faculty advisor, and more. We'll work with you to design an individual plan of study.
What’s more, our PPOTD program gives you flexibility:
- Progress through a flexible sequence of required and elective courses that encourages interprofessional engagement
- You decide when to complete your courses with the option of specializing in a preferred clinical practice area
- Courses are delivered online, so you can accommodate a busy schedule by choosing when and where you want to study
You have a wide selection of elective courses to choose from based on your preference for delivery method and professional interests.
One Degree, Multiple Pathways
- For candidates with a master’s degree* in occupational therapy:
A minimum of 35 credits are required to earn the OTD, Post-Professional degree.
- Candidates with a MOT from the University of St Augustine for Health Sciences are able to earn the degree with a minimum of 29 credits.
- For candidates with a bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy: A minimum of 60 credits are required to earn the OTD, Post-Professional degree.
*The master’s degree may be either first professional degree or a post-professional degree.
Optional Specializations and Certificates
All students enrolled in the PPODT program are eligible to earn a specialization in one of the following areas of study:
• Executive Leadership
• Teaching and Learning
Or students can chose an optional certification track.
• The ImPACT® Trained Occupational Therapist (ITOT) certification is available for students who first complete the course Concussion in Sport course as an elective.
The required courses for each specialization and certification can be found on the PPOTD Curriculum page.
Interprofessional Education Opportunities
We believe that collaboration is a cornerstone of education. At USAHS, you will have the unique opportunity to learn alongside students from different health care professions to hone your skills and benefit from a variety of perspectives. We’re confident that this team-based approach strengthens health systems and produces positive outcomes.
Optional On-Campus Residency Opportunity
Attend an optional three-day, on-campus residency as a part of identified IPE courses, allowing you to complete this course three-to-five weeks prior to the online course option. Learn alongside your peers through collaborative team projects, and foster interprofessional problem solving, professionalism, leadership growth, and communication strategies.
You will be responsible for the cost of travel and other expenses associated with optional residency. Residencies are offered at one of the university’s four campuses depending on surveyed interest.
Prior Learning Assessment
Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) allows the student to utilize professional experience(s) for consideration to receive credit toward programmatic requirements by meeting specific course related outcomes as evaluated by Program Directors.
Beginning Fall 2017, applicants to the PPOTD program may apply for PLA review prior being admitted to the program. Students may also apply for PLA review at any point in their Plan of Study up until 50% of their required coursework has been completed.
Read more about prior learning assessment here.
The mission of the Post-Professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy (PPOTD) is to graduate students with advanced knowledge in practice excellence who have the leadership and clinical skills necessary to promote the profession of occupational therapy. High priority is placed on active inquiry, critical thinking and reflective practice.