The 2021 Guide to Online Doctorate in Occupational Therapy Programs (OTD)
Can You Earn Your Occupational Therapy Doctorate Online?
Doctoral Requirement for Entry-Level Occupational Therapists
Occupational Therapy Doctorate vs. Master’s in Occupational Therapy
Online Doctorate in Occupational Therapy Admissions Requirements
- Application: Fill out an initial application, which you can find on the website of the accredited institution of your choice. Paper and online forms are both generally accepted.
- Master’s degree or higher: Graduation required from any ACOTE-accredited entry-level occupational therapy program, or graduates of a WFOT-approved program.
- OT Licensure: Initial certification as an occupational therapist from NBCOT is required. International applicants are eligible to apply if they have proof of certification or eligibility to practice as an occupational therapist that is equivalent to U.S OT certification and licensure and have earned an OT degree from a WFOT recognized program.
- Transcripts: Request transcripts in advance of the application deadline and upload one official copy of each transcript from entry-level occupational therapy education.
- GPA: Minimum 3.0 GPA in an OT program, exceptions can be made with high GRE scores.
- Experience: Include any professional occupational therapy work experience. Some may require a minimum amount of working hours.
- Personal statement: Write a personal statement, which is typically in the form of an essay. You may be required to submit multiple essays to fully express the intent and purpose of your application. Below are some common topics that should be mentioned in a statement.
- Your main academic and personal interests
- Experiences in school or work that have helped to prepare you for this course of study
- Why you wish to pursue a Doctorate in Occupational Therapy
- Why you wish to study at the chosen OTD program
- Your career plans and goals after you earn your OTD
- Resume/CV: Upload a copy of your most recent resume or curriculum vitae as part of your application.
- Letters of recommendation: Two letters of reference—one for academic reference from prior education experience, and a second from a reference who can attest to the quality of the applicant’s professional work as an occupational therapist.
- Test scores: Mail in copies of your test scores. Many schools require GRE General Test scores and TOEFL/IELTS scores for international students; however, there are occupational therapy programs with no GRE requirement.
Doctor of Occupational Therapy Online Program Curriculum
- Health promotion and wellness in OT
- Advanced OT sciences and practicum
- Social policy in health care
- Program leadership
- Electives in research, leadership and policy
- Doctoral project capstone