Two pathways to an occupational therapy doctorate

In Temple University's occupational therapy programs, you'll learn to collaborate effectively with interprofessional healthcare teams and evolve your leadership skills—all while developing advanced clinical expertise in occupational therapy from a public health perspective. Through study and fieldwork, students learn to demonstrate critical thinking skills in clinical practice, deliver occupational therapy services that promote diversity and inclusion, and act as an innovative leader by contributing to the research agenda in your field.

The College of Public Health offers two pathways to a doctoral occupational therapy degree based on students' level of experience and educational background.

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Entry-level Doctorate

Open to students with a bachelor's degree who are interested in becoming licensed occupational therapists, the Entry-level Doctorate in Occupational Therapy (OTD) program prepares you to take the national board certification (NBCOT) examination, which leads to employment as an occupational therapist working with children, adults and seniors in educational, community and medical service areas. This doctoral program is open to students without a background in occupational therapy and is designed to be completed in three years of continuous, full-time study. No GRE is required to apply, and scholarships are available.

Post-professional Clinical Doctorate

The Post-professional Clinical Doctorate in Occupational Therapy (OTD) program prepares licensed occupational therapists to become clinical leaders, educators and program developers. Our 21-credit program is offered 100% online and allows you to transition naturally from the Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) to the doctoral level. You can complete this program in one year of full-time study or part-time through classes designed for working professionals. The online OTD program prioritizes faculty mentorship and extensive student collaboration. Live online class sessions and activities provide opportunities to interact and network with faculty and peers.