What is the post-professional Occupational Therapy Doctorate in (OTD) at Mount Mary?

Mount Mary University’s OTD is a post-professional OTD program that specifically prepares you to meet the requirements for American Occupational Therapy Association’s (AOTA) Board Certification for specialty practice areas. Through practice-based inquiry in your current work setting and critical analysis of professional literature and trends, the OTD also prepares you for the highest level positions in the field.

Why should I consider a post-professional Doctorate of Occupational Therapy degree?

Healthcare employers are seeking professionals with in-depth knowledge in their fields and the capacity to lead. The delivery of occupational therapy services is expanding beyond traditional care settings at a rapid pace. An OTD will provide you with credentials that will advance your career in areas of growing demand including physical rehabilitation, pediatrics, gerontology, mental health and education.

How is the program delivered?

The Mount Mary OTD is designed to be convenient and flexible. Online courses are offered on a part-time basis allowing you to remain in the work setting for real-time application of knowledge.  You’ll be required to come to campus one time to present your final portfolio.

How does a distance learning program work?

You customize your experience through remote and online access to faculty, peers and learning resources. About 80% of your online experience will be done individually at a time convenient for you. You’ll submit a weekly post critiquing professional literature and relating it to your practice. Faculty members will provide individual feedback on your critical analysis and engage in dialog with you about the integration of that knowledge into practice. The other 20% of your online experience will be interacting within a peer group through postings and live-time communication. Learn more about technology requirements for the program.

Do I need a residency?

Yes. You’ll complete focused activities (residency) in your work setting. Your faculty adviser will assist you in finding a faculty and practice mentor who share your professional interests. Together you and your mentors will work through residency experiences, one for your specific practice specialty and another for program improvement. Education residencies focus on instruction and course design. Leadership residencies focus on coaching and program development.

How long will the program take to complete?

The program takes about 21 months to complete. Additional prerequisites may be required, which could extend the time.

What does it cost?

A detailed listing of the cost of the program can be found on the Graduate Tuition and Fees page.

What are the admission requirements?

The OTD is for licensed practicing occupational therapists who already possess a master’s degree in occupational therapy or a related field. The program is open to men and women nationwide.

I have a bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy. Can I apply?

Individuals with a bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy are eligible for admission in Mount Mary’s post-professional Master of Science bridge degree which upon completion, facilitates continuing on to the OTD program.

How do I apply?

You’ll need to submit the following:

  • An online doctoral student application
  • Official transcripts from all previous colleges/universities
  • A writing sample completed during an interview with the Program Director
  • A copy of current occupational therapist’s license
  • Verification of identity (copy of driver’s license, passport, etc.)

To learn more about the application process and to enroll in next cohort, contact the Office for Graduate Education at (414) 930-3221, or email mmu-gradinfo@mtmary.edu.