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Please note the Clinical Doctorate in Occupational Therapy (OTD), a post-professional program, is NOT an entry-level program. This program is for experienced occupational therapy professionals.

Upon conclusion of the post-professional OTD program, graduates are expected to be able to:

  • Provide advanced occupational therapy services to consumers.
  • Demonstrate professional leadership skills that positively influence occupational therapy practice and policy.
  • Advance the field of occupational therapy by contributing to the research underlying the body of knowledge and evidence-based practice.
  • Pursue careers as educators in occupational therapy and occupational therapy assistant programs.
  • Serve as consultants for program evaluation and enhancement of existing and new occupational therapy education and intervention programs.

Advanced Degree for Experienced OTs

This degree is designed to prepare experienced occupational therapists for important leadership roles in health care, academia and advocacy for professional and community organizations. Currently this is the only post-professional OT doctoral level program in Alabama. You can choose between three separate tracks: a Low Vision Rehabilitation track, where you will learn from the leaders in the field; a Healthcare Quality and Safety track, where you will learn principles of clinical quality improvement and management; as well as a General track, applicable across practice settings.