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Post-Baccalaureate Doctor of Occupational Therapy (DrOT)

The application deadline for the DrOT post-baccalaureate admission option have been extended to March 15, 2022.

More information about how to apply.

If you have earned a bachelor’s degree in one of the sciences, sociology, psychology, or other related fields, you can broaden your options with a doctorate in occupational therapy (DrOT) from University of the Sciences. You attend class full-time and must complete 121 hours of coursework. If you have taken courses in equivalent material, you may be given credit for individual courses, based on review of material by the department chair. Graduates from this OT doctoral program are qualified to sit for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) examination.

Courses in the DrOT Program are delivered primarily onsite, with lab and fieldwork experiences required off-site in the community, and one course online (OT697) which complements the doctoral capstone..  Students are required to complete two level II fieldwork courses for a total of 24 full-time equivalent weeks off-site in the community. Students are then required to participate in a 14-week, 560-hour experiential, during which they complete the capstone project.

Traditionally courses in the OT Program are onsite, with one class provided online. However, due to COVID-19, classes will be delivered in a mixture of online and in-person formats for the 2020-2021 academic year. The in-person portion of laboratory courses will be focused on those skills requiring a hands-on approach. 

It is required that students have internet access and satisfactory computer skills to complete course requirements.  Assignments may include on-line work, presentation formats, researching the literature, and sending files electronically.  Communication with instructors is done via email or internet meetings.

To assist with online learning throughout the program, all new incoming DrOT students are required to complete the specified orientation course to the University’s learning management system.


The following is a typical curriculum for post-baccalaureate DrOT students entering University of the Sciences in Summer 2021; other students should refer to their advisor for their curricula.


Overview of Occupational Therapy Practice

First Year

Human Development and Performance (Lab)
Movement Analysis (Lab)
Introduction to Clinical Skills (Lab)
Theories of Occupational Therapy
Level 1 Experiences Seminar
Human Occupation: Concepts and Practice (Lab)
Doctoral Seminar I
Clinical Medicine
Evaluation and Assessment in Occupational Therapy (Lab)
Fieldwork Level I: Clinical Experience
Therapeutic Groups (Lab)
Introduction to Applied Research Methods
Clinical Leadership, Management, and Supervision
Past, Present, and Future OT

Second Year

Doctoral Seminar II
Occupational Therapy Interventions I: Contextual Approaches (Lab)
Fieldwork Level I: Community Living Client
Applied Research II
Doctoral Seminar III
Interventions II: Developmental Issues (Lab)
Interventions III: Psychosocial Issues (Lab)
Fieldwork Level I: Community Service Learning
Applied Research III
Fieldwork Level I: Clinical Fieldwork
Interventions VI: Cognitive Issues(Lab)
Interventions V: Rehabilitation Approaches (Lab)
Interventions VI: Assistive Technology (Lab)
Evidence-Based Practice
Fieldwork If: Program Development

Third Year

Fieldwork Level IIa
Fieldwork Level IIb
Research Independent Study
Doctoral Capstone Project
Doctoral Experiential Component

Doctor of Occupational Therapy (DrOT) is awarded

For detailed course descriptions and other information about the occupational therapy curriculum, see the University catalog.


Admission Office

Office Location:

Griffith Hall, Room 130

Mailing Address:

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600 South 43rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4495


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