Degree Overview

The Occupational Therapy Doctoral (OTD) degree is a full-time, entry-level program designed to provide students with fieldwork experience working with individuals from diverse backgrounds and a residency rotation. This is not a part-time or online program. You are required to attend all classes and clinicals in person at our Phoenix Biomedical Campus. This is not a post-professional program.

Successful graduates of the OTD program will become leading practice-scholars in the field.

The OTD curriculum emphasizes:

  • Psychosocial change through a holistic approach to individuals and population issues
  • Promoting quality of life in self-care, productivity/work, play/leisure and rest/sleep
  • Addressing physical, emotional, and social aspects of working with client of all ages
  • Promoting health through the interaction between the individual and environmental demands and expectations
  • Course work that reflects client-centered engagement in meaningful activities

At this time, the occupational therapy program only offers a doctorate degree, as hiring trends point to a growing demand for OTDs.