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Post-Professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy

If you're a practicing occupational therapist looking to advance your skills, this flexible doctoral program might be for you.

To meet the increasing demands of complex practice issues, upgrade your knowledge and skills at a doctoral level of expertise. The program is designed for those with a master's degree in occupational therapy or a bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy with a master’s degree in another area.


Offered entirely online, the program focuses on specialization and professional leadership in practice, and students can complete the course work while continuing to work in the profession.

The format combines synchronous (online course meetings held at specific times) and asynchronous learning (assignments and discussion board participation according to the student’s schedule). Prior to the first class, an online session will be offered to help students learn the technology associated with the classes and the nature of an online program.

Schedule and Curriculum

The OTD program is a minimum of 36 credit hours beyond a master's degree, and students typically take one or two courses per semester. If you take one course per semester including summer, it will take four years to complete the program. Learn more about the program curriculum.

Program Costs

Our competitive tuition rates and financial aid opportunities mean that quality education is within your reach. Take a closer look at our post-professional doctoral program costs and explore scholarships and aid you may be eligible for.


The post-professional doctoral program in occupational therapy does not provide eligibility for professional licensing for employment. Students enter the program with a current state license to practice occupational therapy or NBCOT registration as an occupational therapist.

"I chose KU’s post-professional OTD program for its curriculum that has a strong focus on teaching and leadership within the OT profession. I also appreciated how KU’s program allowed me the flexibility to prioritize my passion when choosing a capstone topic, especially as OT in the NICU is a niche area of practice."
KU School of Health Professions

Occupational Therapy Education
KU Medical Center
3901 Rainbow Blvd  MS2003
Kansas City, KS 66160
913-588-7195 • 711 TTY