Program Overview

Nova Southeastern University offers a Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (DrOT). The Doctorate program is designed to fulfill the necessary formal education to prepare professional occupational therapists for leadership positions.

Students of the 39-credit-hour curriculum will delve into core concepts and best practices for traditional service arenas. The Dr.OT program will solidify the aspirations of goal-oriented students by building on the already learned foundation of a Master’s degree and offering individuals the flexibility of an online classroom to suit busy clinicians. Successful students can use the advanced education to gain an edge in the competitive field of work in addition to developing and enhancing personal abilities of best practices.

Graduates of the program will serve as consultants to business and industry and the judicial, educational, or health care systems as well as move into position of influence for public policy decisions that impact the occupation.

Per the University’s guidelines: Students will complete two courses per semester traveling to campus at the mid-semester for two to four days of intensive coursework. All Dr.OT students must successfully complete the required core courses and select their remaining courses, in consultation with the Dr.OT Program Director, based upon their professional interests and goals. A capstone paper and 90 hour clinical residency are required.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Doctorate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges


    Students must have a GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. GRE of 800 (verbal & quantitative combined) required and analytical writing of 4.0 or better preferred.

    School Overview

    Nova Southeastern University may have started as a small independent not-for-profit university when it first educated its first students in 1964, however this Ft. Lauderdale campus followed the lead of many growing movements from the sixties and quickly expanded into a modern global facility promoting distance learning by 1972. Today, NSU hosts field-based programs in more than twenty states, as well as internationally.

    Nova Southeastern University awards associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, specialist and doctorate degrees. Nova Southeastern University offers a large number of online degree programs to accommodate a wide range of students. Students can choose from online undergraduate degrees and graduate degrees. Online classes at Nova Southeastern University occur in both synchronous and asynchronous formats to best facilitate an interactive environment between students and faculty.


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