Clinical Doctorate in Occupational Therapy

Complete your occupational therapy education with the Clinical Doctorate in Occupational Therapy (OTD), an online doctoral program for future clinical specialists, program developers and educators in Temple’s College of Public Health. Help individuals to enjoy a fuller quality of life through participation in meaningful activity. The American Occupational Therapy Association identifies many meaningful activities in occupation such as education, play, self-care and work. Geared toward busy working professionals, the doctorate program offers flexible coursework that is balanced with the personal and work demands of a practicing occupational therapist.

The doctoral program in Occupational Therapy is specifically aimed at licensed therapists who already have a master’s degree. You’ll be trained in using clinical research for evidence-based practice. You can also tailor your degree to your area of interest in traditional and emerging areas of therapy, developing advanced clinical expertise in interdisciplinary fields such as community practice, entrepreneurial innovation and higher education.

Faculty members offer expertise and multiple research opportunities in areas including

  • adult rehabilitation,
  • child and youth development,
  • community-based practices, and
  • promoting inclusive policies at institutional and legislative levels.


Take classes online, and come to Temple’s Center City campus for three in-person meetings during the program to launch and wrap up your coursework. These meetings will also provide an orientation and the opportunity to connect with faculty advisors and classmates.

Who Should Apply?

Apply for this doctorate program if you are a licensed occupational therapist with a master’s degree.

If you do not have a license to practice occupational therapy but are interested in entering the occupational therapy profession, check out the Master of Occupational Therapy.

If you are a currently licensed occupational therapist who has an undergraduate degree in Occupational Therapy or an entry-level Certificate in OT but no master’s degree, you may be interested in the Post-Professional Certificate in Occupational Therapy.

Classes & Curriculum

The doctorate program is a total of 31 credits that you can complete in two years, including 22 credits of required coursework and nine elective credits in an area of clinical interest. Students complete 160 hours or four weeks of clinical field study, and a four-course capstone series.

Occupational therapy student demonstrating in class

Tuition & Fees

In keeping with Temple’s commitment to access and affordability, the Clinical Doctorate in Occupational Therapy program offers a competitive level of tuition with multiple opportunities for financial support.

Tuition rates are set annually by the university and are affected by multiple factors, including program degree level (undergraduate or graduate), course load (full- or part-time), in-state or out-of-state residency and more. Learn more about our tuition and fees.

These tuition costs apply to the 2017–2018 academic year.

Pennsylvania resident: $928.00 per credit
Out-of-state: $1,276.00 per credit


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