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OTD for Post-Professional Students

The OTD degree program for post-professional students 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.

We work with students to meet their career goals using an on campus and remote learning approach. Students may also choose study plans requiring on-site learning at our campus in St. Louis, Missouri. Applicants should discuss remote learning needs with the assistant director.

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