Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University
Jefferson College of Health Professions
Department of Occupational Therapy


The Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (OTD) is an entry-level practice doctorate designed to prepare students to enter the field of occupational therapy at the doctoral level.  Students with a bachelor’s degree, or higher, in a field other than occupational therapy and who are in the process of completing, or have successfully completed, the prerequisite courses are eligible to apply.

The focus of the program is to develop occupational therapists with advanced skills in clinical practice, administration, clinical research, leadership, program and policy development, advocacy, education and theory development. Graduates will be prepared to practice in clinical, research, and academic environments.

Program Length

The OTD program consists of three years of training:

Year 1

September-May: fall and spring semester coursework

May-June: summer session coursework

Year 2

September-December: fall semester coursework

January-June: two full-time Fieldwork Level II rotations (full-time) and online coursework

July-August: summer session coursework and completion of competency exam

Year 3

September-December: 320 hours doctoral experiential component/residency and fall session coursework

January-May: 320 hours doctoral experiential component/residency and spring session coursework and completion of scholarly project & oral presentation

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