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Occupational Therapy (OTD)

The Clinical Doctorate in Occupational Therapy (OTD) is an online doctoral program for licensed occupational therapists that trains students to become leaders in specialized clinical practice, program development and education. Students use clinical research for evidence-based practice and can tailor the degree to an area of interest in traditional and emerging areas of therapy. This allows you to develop advanced clinical expertise in interdisciplinary fields such as community practice, entrepreneurial innovation and higher education.

To learn more about the Clinical Doctorate in Occupational Therapy, visit temple.edu.

Admissions Information

You must be a licensed occupational therapist in order to qualify for admission to the OTD program. You will need a master’s degree in Occupational Therapy with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 to apply, or you must have completed Temple’s Post-Professional Certificate in Occupational Therapy.

Application Components

  1. Applications: Students must apply using the Centralized Application Service for Occupational Therapy (OTCAS). All required documents mentioned below will be submitted through OTCAS.
  2. Transcripts: Submit official transcripts from all the undergraduate and graduate institutions you’ve attended. Please mail all of your official transcripts to:
    • OTCAS
    • PO Box 9120
    • Watertown, MA 02471
  3. Recommendations: Obtain three letters of recommendation from individuals who can speak to your potential for graduate study. Recommenders can be faculty members or immediate work supervisors. 
  4. Goals statement: Write a minimum of one page reflecting on your aptitude for rigorous graduate study and practice in occupational therapy, including the metal flexibility, teamwork and service to others required for success. In addition, describe an area of interest you want to pursue through doctoral studies and explain connections between this topic and the expertise of the department’s faculty members. This is key, since you’ll be working closely with a professor on your capstone research experience.
  5. Professional Writing Sample: You can submit either a previously published article or an academic paper from previous coursework.
  6. GRE scores are only required if your master’s GPA is lower than 3.0. If needed, your score should be in the top 50th percentile on both the verbal and the quantitative sections. Your official GRE scores should be submitted directly to Temple University College of Public Health’s OTCAS-specific code: 1239.
  7. Current résumé
  8. Copy of current state OT license: Required.  
  9. Phone interview: Once all of the required application materials are received, students may be invited to participate in a phone interview with the OT faculty. 

Additional Requirements for International Students

  • TOEFL: For applicants whose native language is not English, the TOEFL is required with a minimum score of 79 on the iBT. These scores should be sent officially to Temple University using the code: 2906
  • A WES evaluation (www.wes.org) is required for applicants who completed their degree outside of the United States. This can be requested and submitted through OTCAS.

Application Deadline

Fall term: June 1