Occupational Therapy, Post-Professional (PPOTD)

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Occupational Therapy, Post-Professional (PPOTD) Overview

This online program is designed for domestic and international OT professionals seeking leadership roles in academia, healthcare, and advocacy as well as those looking to transition to teaching. Students earn their doctorate in 16 months by taking just two classes at a time, making this one of the fastest-to-degree programs in the marketplace and allowing students to save time and money.

Chatham graduates are recognized for their commitment to scholarship and many have authored or contributed to peer-reviewed literature. Plus, all AOTA members receive a 20% reduction in tuition costs for the duration of the program.

Degrees Offered
  • Doctorate
  • OT
Program School
Track Options

Unlimited

Flexible curriculum and diverse faculty help you tailor the program to your unique interests.

Did You Know?

Bridge Program

The Bachelor-to-OTD Bridge program is designed for experienced occupational therapists who hold a bachelor's degree in occupational therapy. 

Credits Required

30 Credits / 16 Months

Our online program is 30 credits and is completed over 16 months / 4 terms. Students can start in the fall or spring.

Cost Per Credit

$1,049

Per-credit cost is $840 after the 20% tuition reduction Chatham offers for all members of AOTA and several state occupational therapy associations.

Explore the Post-Professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy Degree:

Admission Requirements:

  • Free, online application
    • Please list former last or maiden names that may appear on transcripts
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended sent directly from the institutions to Chatham University via email or postal mail:
    • Chatham University
      Graduate Admissions
      1 Woodland Road
      Pittsburgh, PA 15232
  • Current resume
  • Copy of OT license
  • Admissions Essay

To be considered for admission review, please note that either a master’s degree or undergraduate degree in occupational therapy is required. The GRE is not required.


Application Deadline (Fall & Spring):

The deadline for submitting applications is July 1 for the fall term, and November 1 for the spring term. We recommend that students submit their application as soon as possible, as space in our cohort program is limited.

All OTD students take the same courses in the same sequence. Here's what it looks like: 

OTD COHORT SEQUENCE BEGINNING IN FALL SEMESTERS
FIRST SEMESTER SECOND SEMESTER THIRD SEMESTER FOURTH SEMESTER
FALL SPRING SUMMER FALL
OTD742 (3)
7 weeks
  OTD752 (3)
7 weeks
OTD740 (3)
14 weeks
OTD741 (3)
14 weeks
OTD751 (3)
14 weeks
OTD761 (1)
14 weeks
OTD772 (5)
14 weeks; 
2-3 days on site
OTD760 (3)
6 weeks online;
3 days on site
OTD766 (3)
14 weeks
OTD750 (3)
7 weeks
 

 

OTD COHORT SEQUENCE BEGINNING IN SPRING SEMESTERS
   
FIRST SEMESTER
SECOND SEMESTER
THIRD SEMESTER
FOURTH SEMESTER
SPRING
SUMMER
FALL
SPRING
OTD742 (3)
7 weeks
 
OTD752 (3)
7 weeks
OTD740 (3)
14 weeks
OTD741 (3)
14 weeks
OTD751 (3)
14 weeks
OTD761 (1)
14 weeks
OTD772 (5)
14 weeks;
2-3 days on site
OTD760 (3)
6 weeks online;
3 days on site
OTD766 (3)
14 weeks
OTD750 (3)
7 weeks
 
 
 
 

Full course descriptions are available here: 

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The post-professional OTD curriculum allows students to explore their own area of professional interest and then directly apply their learning through the design and implementation of an evidence-based capstone project in their work setting. Students become a true community of learners, working together for the future of better healthcare.

—SHARON NOVALIS, Ph.D., program director 

Our Faculty

Chatham’s OTD faculty members bring a wealth of clinical experience as well as teaching experience in a range of practice settings.

Full Faculty

Capstone Projects and Publications

Over the four semesters of the program, each student designs and implements an evidence-based capstone project on a topic of interest. Projects can be completed in a work setting, community site, or emerging practice area. The project culminates with a formal presentation as well as drafting of a conference proposal and a peer-reviewed journal article. Chatham graduates have successfully published their work in peer-reviewed journals and been accepted for conference presentations post-graduation.

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Alumni Success and Network

We are one of the longest-standing PPOTD programs. Since 2007, we have graduated over 300 practitioners. Our reputation extends far and wide with our global alumni network. An alumni mentor program ensures students have a support system even beyond faculty and their online learning advisor.

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Bachelor-to-OTD Bridge Program

This program is designed for experienced occupational therapists who hold a bachelor's degree in occupational therapy. The Bachelor-to-OTD Bridge Program is 39 credits and starts in fall terms. It is completed over 20 months / 5 terms. The small size of each cohort allows for deep discussion and interaction.

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AOTA Conference

Each year Chatham faculty, students, and alumni make a significant impact at the AOTA annual conference and expo, where we come together to network and catch up. Click here to view the accepted list of presentations by Chatham faculty, students, and alumni for the 2020 conference.

Residencies

The online learning experience is enhanced with two short, required residencies at Chatham University in Pittsburgh. The first is three days and occurs at the end of the first term. This experience includes a leadership course plus a preview of capstone presentations. The second is two days and occurs at the end of the last term. Here, students deliver their capstone presentation.

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Funding Options

Chatham offers a generous tuition reduction for members of AOTA and several state occupational therapy associations, as well as full-time employees of companies participating in our Corporate & Strategic Partner Program. This benefit reduces the per-credit tuition rate by 20% for the duration of the program and makes our post-professional OTD one of the most affordable options.

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SARA-Approved Participating Institution

Due to federal regulation, all universities offering distance education programs and practicum experiences in states other than their own must receive authorization or be a SARA-approved institution. Chatham University is a SARA-approved institution.

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In Touch Newsletters

Learn about occupational therapy student and faculty accomplishments, alumni achievements, and various activities that occurred over the last academic year—in Pittsburgh, and all over the country.

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Alumna Profile: Jillian Hamilton OTD '18

Jillian Hamilton’s journey through our Occupational Therapy Program started with the encouragement of a friend, and along the way, the camaraderie she felt with her classmates and the mentorship of faculty members saw her through to the finish line. Now, Hamilton is using learnings from her OT capstone project to improve the lives of children with developmental delays.

Anderston St. Germain, OTD ‘17

“I thought it was very good,” he says “Especially Dr. Jennifer Lape. She was very consistent, very insightful. I even emailed her once to ask how she was able to give such good insight on all of our projects when they were so different! I always felt like her feedback was like ‘Wow, that’s exactly what I needed to hear’ to guide me in what I was doing. The other professors and classes were really good too – very flexible, very helpful, very positive.”