Occupational therapist helping patient in chair

Occupational Therapy, OTD

Our entry-level Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) degree combines classwork and 24 weeks of full-time work, culminating with a 14-week capstone experience.

What You’ll Learn

The entry-level Doctor of Occupational Therapy places great emphasis on research, evidence-based practice, leadership, program and policy development, and advocacy.

Throughout the entry-level Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) program’s coursework and fieldwork, students will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn how to teach daily living skills to patients using adaptive equipment and state-of-the-art assistive technology.
  • Design and fabricate custom prosthetic and orthotic devices.
  • Develop activity-based interventions to enhance occupational performance.
  • Administer and interpret standardized assessments.
  • Adapt environments for persons with disabilities.

The 14-week doctoral capstone experience focused on a specific area of interest, including clinical practice skills, research skills, administration, leadership, program and policy development, advocacy, education, or theory development. You’ll also acquire scholarly competencies and in-depth exposure that will address and advance socio-political initiatives, inform clinical practice, generate high-impact teaching and learning, and be disseminated via research within the inter-professional, cross-disciplinary practice, and delivery models.

Clinical Internships

  • Henry Street Settlement
  • Kessler Rehabilitation Institute
  • New York City Department of Education
  • Northwell Health
  • Rusk Rehabilitation/NYU Langone Health
  • St. Charles Rehabilitation
  • St. Johnland Nursing Center
  • United Cerebral Palsy 
  • Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

Career Options

  • Clinical Director
  • Health Specialities College Instructor
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Pediatric Occupational Therapist
  • Rehabilitation Specialist/Manager
Ariel Glickman (M.S. '17)


In a coveted fieldwork position with the Adaptive Design Association, Ariel channeled her creative skills to develop designs for new assistive devices.

Carla Bazan (M.S. ’20)


In her second year in the program, Carla traveled to underserved areas in Peru to introduce occupational therapy to the local communities.

Amanda Caruso (M.S. ’18)


Amanda graduated from the Occupational Therapy program in May 2018 as valedictorian of her class and now works for the A. Holly Patterson Extended Care Facility.


Exceptional experiences.
Outstanding outcomes.







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Our entry-level professional doctoral (OTD) program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE®) of the American Occupational Therapy Association.

How You’ll Succeed

Once you graduate, you’ll be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification of Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After the successful completion of this exam, you’ll qualify for certification as a registered occupational therapist. Most states also require licensure in order to practice; eligibility for state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT examination, in addition to other requirements.

ACOTE Accreditation Logo


Our entry-level professional doctoral (OTD) program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE®) of the American Occupational Therapy Association.

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