Entry-Level Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) | Chatham University, Pittsburgh, PA

Chatham University

Entry-Level Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)

Important Update

We are excited to announce Chatham University’s entry-level doctor of occupational therapy degree program (OTD) has applied for accreditation and has been granted Candidacy Status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education, (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). More information can be found by visiting our accreditation page.

Why Pursue the Entry-Level OTD?

It takes less time than you may think.

At Chatham, you can earn your OTD in only 32 months--that's only two terms beyond the MOT.  Most post-professional OTD programs require roughly two years of study while you're also working full-time.  

More health-related professions have been transitioning to the entry-level doctorate.

In some settings, this has impacted hiring practices, salary differentials, and leadership appointments.

You’ll create more possibilities for yourself.

The OTD provides more real-world experience through a doctoral project in your area of interest.
Through this project, you’ll increase the scope of your career to include paths such as leadership,
advocacy, research, program development, and advanced clinical practice.

It’s where the industry is headed.

There's been an increased focus on areas--such as primary care, interprofessional care teams, and specialization--that require the training that an OTD can provide.  

Why Chatham University?

An acknowledged leader in graduate education in the health sciences, Chatham has offered an accredited entry-level OT graduate degree for almost 25 years.  The program boasts a 100% job placement rate within six months of graduation and an NBCOT pass rate of 99% within one year of graduation.   
We are proud to list some of the features that make the Chatham University Occupational Therapy Program special:

  • A modern curriculum that is responsive to a changing health care environment
  • Extensive community-based experiences and an innovative approach to the Fieldwork I experience
  • Strong emphasis on evidence-based practice
  • Multiple opportunities to engage in advocacy and leadership roles throughout the program 
  • Community meetings for students to participate in the operation of the program
  • Program committee positions to foster the development of professional service and leadership skills
  • Ability for students to network with OT clinicians through guest lectures and panel discussions
  • Abundant state–of–the–art equipment
  • Excellent job placement rate
  • Personal attention from the faculty
  • Highly qualified and experienced faculty
  • Newly renovated classroom and laboratory spaces
  • Chatham's location allows for access to a network of resources from surrounding colleges and universities
  • The many nearby hospitals, clinics, and community agencies offer a wide variety of opportunities for observation and fieldwork experiences

Remember, all programs are not the same. Check out the Chatham difference! Chatham University OTD graduates are eligible to sit for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT®) certification exam. Successful completion of this exam certifies the therapist as an OTR®. State licensure is required by most states and is usually based on the results of the NBCOT® certification exam. A felony conviction may prevent a graduate from taking the NBCOT® exam or obtaining a state license.