FAQ for OTD for Licensed OTs

  • Can I apply for a graduate degree?

    If you have an undergraduate degree in occupational therapy or are an occupational therapist, you can apply for the OTD degree.  The Rehabilitation and Participation Science (RAPS) PhD program is also an option for those seeking a doctoral degree.

  • Can I do this part-time?

    Yes, many of our students pursue this degree on a part-time basis while working full or part-time.

  • How long will it take me to finish?

    The length of time to complete the program depends upon the student’s individualized learning plan that describes the required coursework and course sequence. Well-prepared students that are able to take two courses per semester should be able to finish the program in 2-2.5 years.  


  • How much will it cost?

    Courses in this program for the 2019-2020 academic year cost $1,240 per credit hour, or $3,750 per three credit class. The total cost of the degree will vary by individual depending on how many courses are needed.

  • Can international students apply for this degree?

    Yes, international students who have applied for or have their NBCOT certification can apply.

  • Do you offer financial aid?

    U.S. students may be eligible for Federal Stafford Unsubsidized Loans. International students must be able to provide proof of financial support for their studies in order to obtain a visa. Students will be given the opportunity to work as a teaching assistant in one class which will provide a small amount of funding to the student. A student with a great deal of relevant professional experience might receive more than one such opportunity and be able to use his or her teaching as a way to partially defray the cost of tuition. International students must still provide proof of the ability to pay for the entire course of study.

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