Post-Professional Occupational Therapy Doctorate

  • Program Overview

    The mission of the post-professional Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) program is to enable occupational therapists in any practice area to develop roles and skills beyond that of the therapist-clinician; to educate them to become practitioner-scholars who can translate knowledge (including cross-disciplinary theories and research) into practice and who are capable of serving as agents of change in new and expanded arenas.

    The Post-Professional OTD curriculum is to prepare practicing occupational therapists to become advanced practitioners who are evidenced-based leaders. The Doctoral experiential component is an integral part of the program. It is designed to develop Occupational Therapists with advanced knowledge/skills in one of the eight following areas: Clinical Practice, Research Skills, Administration, Leadership, Program and Policy Development, Advocacy, Education or Theory Development.

    This mission is accomplished with a keen understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the practicing occupational therapist that holds a master's degree by offering a two year, part-time online program. It combines web-based instruction with minimal on-campus (Ruskin) requirements. The 34 credit curriculum was purposefully designed so that select courses from the entry-level OTD may overlap with the post-professional OTD to allow for efficiencies and greater opportunity for interactions between and among students in the two programs. 

    What Makes Us Different?

    • Nationally- recognized faculty who present a wealth of knowledge and experience
    • Flexible, online learning environment designed for the practicing clinician in today's field
    • Collaboration with academic and professional mentors
    • Exposure to and usage of high quality, virtual software and technology platforms
    • Ability to work independently or with a team to facilitate specific goals related to advanced practice areas
    • Curriculum that allows the opportunity to develop a personalized capstone process that tailors the program to the individual goals and expectations of the clinician


    The Post-Professional Occupational Therapy Doctorate is a doctoral degree which is awarded upon the successful completion of the following 34 credits:

    Summer I
    DOCCT 900 Applied Research in Clinical Practice (3)
    DOCCT 901 Advanced Occupations  (3)
    Total: 6

    Fall I
    DOCCT 902 Capstone 1 (2)
    DOCCT 844 Community Based Interventions  (3)
    Total: 5

    Spring I
    DOCCT 903 Capstone 2  (2)
    Elective (options listed below)   (3)

    DOCCT 871 Entrepreneurial Management Practice in OT
    DOCCT 873 Emerging Models of Practice in OT
    DOCCT 875 Advanced Interventions: Theory
    Total: 5

    Summer II
    DOCCT 904 Advanced Leadership and Ethics  (3)
    DOCCT 905 Reasoning and Evidenced-Based Practice (3)
    Total: 6

    Fall II
    DOCCT 906 Analysis of Policy and Change in OT (3)
    DOCCT 907 Teaching in Practice and Community (3)
    Total: 6

    Spring II
    DOCCT 908 Capstone Project (3)
    Elective (options listed below) (3) 

    DOCCT 871 Entrepreneurial Management Practice in OT
    DOCCT 873 Emerging Models of Practice in OT
    DOCCT 875 Advanced Interventions: Theory
    Total: 6

    Total Credits: 34

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    Online instruction can be different from instruction in the classroom.  Before enrolling in an online program at Gannon, you should first assess your readiness for stepping into the online learning environment. Your results from the online questionnaire will help you identify the requirements necessary to succeed at online learning and areas you may need to explore before starting your online program

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