Transitional Occupational Therapy Doctorate (t-OTD)   

Courses are taught 100% online to accommodate for the working professional. 

Program Description

The Transitional Occupational Therapy Doctorate is the post-professional degree for the licensed occupational therapist. It is the goal of the online program to prepare graduates with evidence-based practice methods that will advance the profession of occupational therapy. Administrative skills, instructional strategies and advanced clinical practices will be taught within the program.

Graduates will be able to seek employment within the five roles of a physical therapist:

  1. Educator in higher education
  2. Occupational Therapy Clinician
  3. Administrator (clinical or in higher education)
  4. Critical Inquirer (Clinical research in the area of Occupational Therapy)
  5. Occupational Therapy Clinical Consultant

Program Learning Outcomes

The learning outcomes for the Transitional Occupational Therapy Doctorate graduate is:

  1. To enhance critical thinking that leads to an autonomous practitioner that can practice in a variety of clinical settings that may include direct access
  2. To develop/enhance the ability of the clinician to assess societal needs and implement appropriate changes.
  3. The ability to communicate research findings and their implications on the field of occupational therapy
  4. The ability to integrate the concepts of community service within the field of occupational therapy
  5. The ability to provide culturally competent patient/client centered care to decrease functional limitations
Program Educational Objectives

The educational objective of the program is to ensure that the graduates are culturally competent, practical, life-long learners and collaborative. The graduate will have the ability to perform the following within 3-5 years post-graduation:

  1. Demonstrated leadership qualities within their profession
  2. Demonstrated interdisciplinary communication and collaboration
  3. Engaged in community health services that addresses societal needs
  4. Participated in learning opportunities to maintain and enhance professional excellence

Specific Admissions Requirements

  1. Bachelors or Masters degree in Occupational Therapy from accredited program by Commission on Occupational Therapy Education (foreign trained individuals must have degree evaluated by an approved agency)
  2. Current valid license to practice Occupational Therapy
  3. Foreign Educated Applicants must provide the additional documents:
    1. TOEFL (Test of English as Foreign Language) scores of 550 or better OR take the English proficiency test provided by UMSAz (contact university for more information).
    2. Credentials evaluated by approved transcript evaluator (i.e. World Education Services(WES))
    3. If currently living in the United States provide proof of legal status.

The t-OTD program also offers one Emphasis Track that allows students to have a concentration in the specialty area of Academics.   However, a student may choose to enter the t-OTD program without conferring a degree with a concentration in the Emphasis Track.  The following degrees are possible from the t-OTD program:


Programs and Course Outline (click program title)

Total Program Credits

»Transitional Occupational Therapy Doctorate Degree offered 100% on-line

24 Credits
Length Of Program: 1 year and a semester
(based on 2 courses per semester)

Transitional Occupational Therapy Doctorate with  Academic Emphasis Track Degree offered 100% on-line

33 Credits
Length Of Program: 1 year and two semesters
(based on 2 courses per semester)