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OTD Degree for Licensed Occupational Therapists

The OTD degree at Washington University prepares experienced occupational therapists for important leadership roles in health care, academia and the community. Our graduates teach future occupational therapy professionals, generate evidence for practice, develop community-based programming and measure the outcomes of occupational therapy services.

A learning plan is developed for each student that reflects the student’s professional objectives and meets the degree requirements. Core OTD coursework is complemented by learning experiences addressing the student’s interests and learning needs. Students explore contemporary topics, investigate factors affecting participation, translate evidence into practice, and develop skills to innovate change. In-depth investigation of factors affecting participation culminates in development of a practice model for a target population of interest to the student. Students design and complete a doctoral project under the close mentorship of experienced faculty and may be in partnership with a local expert clinician, scientist, administrator or community leader if the student is not on campus. A doctoral experiential component is completed in a setting of their choice.

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