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Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)

Program Details

Nova Southeastern University offers an Entry Level Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) degree program. The University follows the curriculum standards and theories set by The Person-Environment-Occupation-Performance (PEOP) model.

During the entirety of the program, students will accumulate 1,680 hours of full-time clinical education. The clinical education is comprised of classroom learning, two internships plus a doctoral residency in a negotiated practice area. The courses are designed to blend the OTD program with the stringent standards of best practices in occupational therapy fields of work. The curriculum delves into the essential concepts of occupational therapy and covers topics such as:

  • Basic Sciences
  • Foundations in Occupation
  • Occupation Science & Technology
  • Occupational Interventions
  • Evidence Base & Exploration
  • Leadership & Globalization
  • Clinical Competence
  • And a Doctoral Transformation

Graduates of the OTD program will be prepared to provide dedicated health care service within a variety of practices like hospitals, schools, outpatient, and home health as well as individual programs developed by innovative occupational therapists. The formal academic education, combined with the hands-on clinical training will enhance a graduate students understanding of critical decision-making skills needed to best serve patients and clients.


All candidates must: complete a minimum of 40 volunteer hours in at least two different occupational therapy environments, complete an undergraduate or graduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university, have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale for each of the last two years of study, have a prerequisite GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale for each of the last two years of study, and have a grade of 2.0 or better in all prerequisite courses.

Accreditation & Licensing

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges