Occupational Therapy Clinical Doctorate

About the Program

The Philadelphia University Clinical Doctorate in Occupational Therapy (OTD) Program is no longer accepting new students. Candidates interested in applying for a post-professional Clinical Doctorate in Occupational Therapy should consider the program at Thomas Jefferson University.

Learn more on Thomas Jefferson University's website, here.

The PhilaU post-professional clinical doctoral program is designed for occupational therapists who are ready to advance their knowledge, practice and careers. As a student in the program, you will apply best-practice evidence, build innovative programs, design services, work effectively on inter-professional teams, and strengthen leadership roles.

This innovative post-professional OTD has two tracks:  the BS-to-OTD track or MS-to-OTD track. Refer to the Program of Studies (right side menu) for the course sequence for both tracks.


Today’s healthcare environment requires therapists to be leaders who advocate for the profession and the clients they serve. The PhilaU OTD offers a unique focus on establishing collaborative partnerships in healthcare and education, while supporting therapists to meet their own goals for professional advancement. You will customize your PhilaU OTD degree by selecting a three-course minor to inform your capstone experience and match your practice roles, contexts and career objectives.


PhilaU’s signature teaching method, called Nexus learning, emphasizes collaborative partnerships and applied learning. A primary goal of the OTD is for therapists to apply new knowledge and enrich their practice. In every course student projects are designed with real world applications. As a student in the program you will have opportunities to build on your professional experiences by working alongside peers to develop products and and provide services that help people to live as fully and independently as possible.

Vision and Mission

The Occupational Therapy programs at Philadelphia University are designed to prepare competent, reflective and ethical occupational therapists whose practice philosophy is both client-centered and occupation-based, and who possess a commitment to professionalism and lifelong learning. In keeping with the University mission to prepare graduates for successful careers in an evolving and interconnected world, at the master’s level, the Occupational Therapy Program incorporates interdisciplinary learning and collaboration to enable graduates to practice in diverse environments and changing service-delivery contexts. At the doctoral level, the Occupational Therapy Program focuses on the application of best-practice evidence to build innovative programs, design services, work effectively on inter-professional teams, and apply an advanced level of competence and leadership to practice contexts.

Our vision is to offer innovative and flexible education that prepares graduates to be leaders capable of advancing the health-sustaining power of occupation. 

Our mission is to prepare artful practitioners who have the skills, knowledge and vision to advance occupational therapy services in contemporary and emerging practice settings.

OTD Program Student Learning Outcomes

The OTD Program provides a range of opportunities for students to demonstrate the ability to critically analyze and apply information, write scholarly papers, and deliver effective presentations. Throughout the program students are offered learning opportunities to augment their leadership skills, with the goal of preparing them to assume leadership roles in professional and practice settings. They also gain experience in developing or refining programs and/or services in response to relevant professional needs and personal interests.

Through active course participation, completion of course and self-directed learning activities, interactions with faculty and peers, and guidance from capstone faculty and mentors, graduates of the OTD program will:

-Apply research and integrate evidence-based methods to build knowledge and support OT practice

-Become effective leaders in practice and professional settings

-Cultivate inter-professional partnerships and work collaboratively to develop and deliver innovative programs

-Contribute to the OT profession by disseminating knowledge

-Expand thinking and integrate new knowledge to achieve professional goals