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Post Professional DrOT—Online Program

Take Control of Your Career, Lead Your Field Forward

The USciences online Doctorate in Occupational Therapy (DrOT) program puts you on the best path forward: your own.

Designed for working professionals looking to lead the field forward, our online DrOT program prepares you for the future you envision—in clinical practice, management, education, policy, and beyond.

Our advanced curriculum and diverse electives expand your skills, talents, and views, all on your schedule. Enrich your credentials and tailor your trajectory to achieve your personal and professional goals.

Why USciences

  • Unmatched flexibility: Advance your education at your convenience with asynchronous courses, elective options and independent study. Earn your degree part-time or full-time wherever you are, with only two campus visits required.
  • Expert faculty: Learn directly from full-time USciences faculty—published experts and recognized leaders in OT from diverse backgrounds.
  • Individualized attention: Close cohorts and smaller course sizes replicate the kind of attention you’d normally associate with an on-campus classroom experience.
  • Next-level knowledge: Enhance your practice with applied learning related to your work today. Lead the field with advanced explorations into what the future holds for occupational therapy.


To enter the DrOT online program, students must:

  • Be a practicing occupational therapist with a master’s degree
  • Be initially certified by NBCOT
  • Submit an application and supplemental documentation
  • Submit an essay stating personal and professional goals for pursuing post-professional doctoral studies

Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA with all grades above a B- throughout the program.


Our 33-credit program features required core courses and electives options that allow you to focus on your area of interest while gaining the insight essential to excel.

Complete 27 credits of required courses in residence with USciences—and satisfy the six elective credits through other universities or independent studies with permission of the program director.

Completion of the program requires only two campus visits related to your Capstone project.

Required courses (27 credits):
OT 601 Survey of Online Tools (1 credit)
OT 701 Advanced Theory in OT Practice (3 credits)
OT 702 Applied Research (3 credits)
OT 710 Evidence-Based Practice (3 credits)
OT 715 Advanced Case-Based Reasoning (3 credits)
OT 720 Health Information Technology in OT (3 credits)
OT 730 Professional Communication and Technology (3 credits)
OT 775 OT Doctoral seminar (2 credits)
OT 780 Capstone Project I (3 credits)
OT 790 Capstone Project II (3 credits)
Electives (choose two for 6 credits):
OT 735 Applied Leadership Skills (3 credits)
OT 740 Emerging Practices: Moving into the Future (3 credits)
OT 750 Independent Study (3 credits)
OT 755 Independent Study (3 credits)
OT 760 Politics of Advocacy and Practice (3 credits)
OT 768 Exploring an Academic Career (3 credits)
OT 770 Program Design and Evaluation (3 credits)


David Pallister, JD, OTR/L
Program Faculty

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