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Post-Professional Certificate in Occupational Therapy

About the program

This program is for currently licensed occupational therapists who hold a Bachelor's Degree in Occupational Therapy or an entry-level Certificate in OT without a Master's degree. If you’re a certified occupational therapist with a master’s degree, learn more here. If you hold a bachelor’s degree and are interested in entering the profession of Occupational Therapy, click here to learn more about our Master’s degree.

The post-professional certificate in occupational therapy is offered in a distance education format. There are no on campus sessions in Philadelphia for this program. The certificate is an 8-credit, 4-course program that is completed in one year. In 2016, Temple University’s Occupational Therapy program was ranked 32nd by the US News and World Report. Applicants for the certificate program must be certified and licensed occupational therapists. Successful completion of the post-professional certificate in OT makes you eligible for application to the Clinical Doctorate in OT program.  It does not guarantee admission into the Clinical Doctorate in OT program.

For all questions about admissions requirements, please email us at otadmissions@temple.edu.

Admissions Information

Before applying to this program, please contact Roger Ideishi, Director of the Occupational Therapy Program, to discuss your interest in this program and your career goals. After this conversation, you should follow these steps to apply:

  • Visit noncredit.temple.edu. Under the "Certificates" tab, search for the Post-Professional Certificate in Occupational Therapy.
  • Upon checkout, you will be required to upload a current resume, all transcripts and a copy of your current occupational therapy license.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Program Requirements

  • OTHR 5002: Theoretical Perspectives in Occupation—2 credits (Summer, 1st year)
  • OTHR 5019: Theoretical Perspectives in Occupational Therapy—2 credits (Fall, 1st year)
  • OTHR 5301: Professional Development and Learning in OT Education—1 credit (Spring, 1st year)
  • OTHR 5219: OT Practice: Community and Social Participation—3 credits (Summer, 2nd year)

Accreditation: Temple University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, which is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.