Occupational therapy (OT) increasingly relies on evidence-based practice to serve patients—and to meet the reimbursement requirements of third-party payers. With D’Youville College, you can now build on your training and experience with doctoral-level research capabilities through flexible online study.
Our Post-Professional Occupational Therapy Doctorate (ppOTD) program equips you to evaluate and produce research, collaborate more effectively within healthcare teams, and act as an advocate for patients, policy changes, or the profession. After graduation, you can pursue leadership roles, prepare to teach OT students, or conduct research in the field.
Because of its research focus, this program has no required clinical component. Instead, you will produce a capstone project in close collaboration with one of our experienced faculty members. You will work on the capstone from the start of your program in a structured path to completion.
This program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE).
Work alongside our clinically experienced faculty members and prepare to play a role in advancing the profession—all through convenient online study with no residency or clinical requirements.
The ppOTD program equips you for leadership while furthering your ability to evaluate, apply, and perform advanced research. You will also complete a capstone project:
In addition to completing our online application, applicants to the post-professional OTD program must present the following:
Tuition and fees vary based on your program of study and whether you are considered a full- or part-time student. Financial aid is available for those who qualify and can be applied to full- and part-time status.
The tuition breakdown follows our cohort, trimester model. Completing your degree in three years instead of four gets you into the career market and earning a salary faster.
|Full Program Tution||$900 per credit hour||$28,800|
|Full Program Fees||$160 per semester (full time)**||$800|
|Full Program Cost||$29,600|
|Tuition with maximum transfer credits (up to 9)||$900 per credit hour||$23,400|
|Fees with maximum credit transfer||$160 per semester (full time)**||$800|
|Full Program Total with Transfer Credits||$24,200|
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