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Professional Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (OTD), Doctorate

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    Application Deadline
  • 16 months
Pittsburg, CA, United States
Chatham University offers students the opportunity to earn a Professional Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (OTD). This low-residency program is for occupational therapy clinicians and/or academicians who want to enhance their careers and advance to professional leadership.
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Experienced occupational therapists who hold a bachelor degree in Occupational Therapy, but not a master degree, can enroll in the Bachelor to OTD option.

The OTD program is completed in 16 months on a part-time basis. Students will take two classes at a time, allowing the OT clinician or academician to maintain their work status. It is our aim that the student can balance life commitments and effectively engage in new learning.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the OTD Program, graduates will have developed knowledge and skills to become evidence-based practitioners, advanced clinicians, and professional leaders. Specifically, graduates will:

  • Become self directed, evidence-based learners through the ability to access and critically evaluate the reliability of electronic databases and web resources.
  • Demonstrate the ability to access and critically evaluate literature related to occupational therapy.
  • Apply principles of evidence-based practice as a basis for clinical decision making in the student’s work setting.
  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge of occupational therapy practice through the study and application of occupational science literature and occupation-based intervention.
  • Design, implement, and evaluate the effectiveness of innovative occupation-based programs in the student’s chosen area of interest.
  • Develop the skills to become professional leaders in areas of public policy/ethics, professional advocacy, education, and business.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 16 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Occupational Science
  • Evidence-Based Practice
  • Advanced Practice Concepts and Skills
  • Occupational Therapist as Entrepreneur
  • Capstone Project Design
  • Education Theory and Technology
  • Leadership and Professionalism

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

Application Requirements for OTD and OTD Bridge Programs

  • Free, online application
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended sent directly from the institutions to Chatham University via email
  • Current resume emailed 
  • Copy of OT license emailed 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    958 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 958 USD per credit and a duration of 16 months.
  • National

    958 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 958 USD per credit and a duration of 16 months.
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Living costs for Pittsburg

  • 1100 - 1600 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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