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Occupational Therapy (OTD): Post-Professional

Doctor of Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapist supervising client using medicine ball

Expand your clinical influence and become a visionary leader. Prepare yourself for an larger role in a rapidly growing health care field by earning the Doctor of Occupational Therapy: Post-Professional with UW–Madison’s part-time, online program.


Is this program right for you?

The University of Wisconsin–Madison online Doctor of Occupational Therapy: Post-Professional program is designed as a post-professional clinical doctorate that prepares you for advanced-level practice, leadership, and the application of research in occupational therapy.

Continuing your education as an enrolled therapist, you will acquire the knowledge and skills to transform our nation’s health and education systems, and address the needs of a diverse society.

Our mission is to educate advanced occupational therapists to become visionary leaders in interprofessional practice. You create a personalized professional development plan, and translate and apply current evidence to achieve your goals.

The Doctor of Occupational Therapy: Post-Professional fills a niche between the entry-level skills acquired through an MS in Occupational Therapy and advanced research skills in Occupational Science. Our faculty help you build the skills and practical training you need to take the next step of your OT career.

Is this program right for you?

The University of Wisconsin–Madison online Doctor of Occupational Therapy: Post-Professional program is designed as a post-professional clinical doctorate that prepares you for advanced-level practice, leadership, and the application of research in occupational therapy.

Continuing your education as an enrolled therapist, you will acquire the knowledge and skills to transform our nation’s health and education systems, and address the needs of a diverse society.

Our mission is to educate advanced occupational therapists to become visionary leaders in interprofessional practice. You create a personalized professional development plan, and translate and apply current evidence to achieve your goals.

The Doctor of Occupational Therapy: Post-Professional fills a niche between the entry-level skills acquired through an MS in Occupational Therapy and advanced research skills in Occupational Science. Our faculty help you build the skills and practical training you need to take the next step of your OT career.

Admissions requirements

All applicants must:

  • Have a master’s degree from a regionally accredited school of higher education in occupational therapy or a related field.*
  • Have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0.
  • Be registered as an occupational therapist in the U.S.*
  • Submit evidence of English language proficiency, if applicable. The required proficiency scores are: TOEFL IBT 92, PBT 580; or IELTS 7.0.

*Applicants in the final year of a didactic Master’s in occupational therapy education program may also apply but their matriculation into the OTD program will be contingent upon successful completion of fieldwork, NBCOT certification and receipt of a state OT license.

Application materials required:

  • Online application
  • Resume/CV
  • Statement of interest
  • Transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation

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Program highlights

  • Our occupational therapy doctorate post-professional program is part-time and online, so you can complete your degree while working full time.
  • We have over 75 years of excellence training occupational therapists, giving you access to a large and diverse alumni network.
  • UW–Madison is a premier institution and has trained some of the greatest thought-leaders in the field of occupational therapy.

University of Wisconsin–Madison ranked in the top 10% of best occupational therapy program by U.S. News & World Report.

How you'll learn

  • Online curriculum, with two visits to UW–Madison campus, once at the beginning of program and once at the end.
  • Work individually and in your own context to deploy your knowledge of leadership skills and advanced practice.
  • Demonstrate your new skills through a capstone project.

Sample curriculum

Year 1

Fall 1

  • Applied Leadership and Management in OT
  • Application of Occupational Therapy Evidence in the Practice Environment

Spring 1

  • Using Information to Optimize Practice
  • Human Occupation and Health

Summer 1

  • Current Trends Shaping Occupational Therapy Practice
  • Communicating OT to Interprofessional Audiences

Year 2

Fall 2

  • Doctor of Occupational Therapy: Capstone Project I
  • Advanced Practice in Interprofessional Contexts

Spring 2

  • Capstone Project II

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Our friendly, knowledgeable enrollment coaches are here to answer your questions. Contact an enrollment coach to:

  • Learn how to make this program work with your life/schedule
  • Verify credit transfers
  • Get help with your application
  • Determine if financial aid is available

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Laura Schaffer

 The program offers flexibility while keeping you on a timeline. Although time consuming, it is achievable, and the benefits far outweigh the stress. Participating in this program allowed me to grow personally and professionally in ways that I never imagined.  

Laura Schaffer, OTD graduate, UW–La Crosse Program Director
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