Program Overview

The Department of Rehabilitation Services at Temple University offers a hybrid online Doctorate of Occupational Therapy degree. Students in the program may benefit from the combination of online courses and minimal required time on campus by maintaining current careers and earning this degree. The program requires students to attend between two or three on-campus meetings at the Center City Philadelphia campus to solidify studies from online coursework.

The Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (D.O.T.) program aims to prepare practicing therapists to become clinical specialists, program developers, and clinical educators. The clinical emphasis may provide students with a deeper understanding of clinical research methods and evidence based practice. The hybrid degree program is comprised of 30 credit hours; 21 credit hours of core occupational therapy courses and nine credit hours of interdisciplinary electives. Students can choose their electives to fit personal and professional aspirations after graduation. The six core courses build on already learned foundations while developing a student’s knowledge of occupational theories and practice, leadership in a health profession, clinical education, outcome measurement and analysis, and evidence based practice and clinical research.

Graduates should build their professional portfolio as well as demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the programs objectives in a capstone course. The capstone course will culminate the program, as well as show faculty and administrators a students full compliance with industry standards and award the doctorate degree designation. The doctorate credential may give graduates the necessary resources to apply leadership skills in a variety of professional settings. The degree may also give graduates the confidence to pursue advanced positions in clinical education and supervisory roles in occupational therapy.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Doctorate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Middle States Commission on Higher Education


    Students must send in a copy of their NBCOT certification or state OT license. For applicants who did not earn a minimum 3.0 graduate GPA, the GRE or MAT is required for admissions.


    Two to three required in-person meetings per year at the Center City Philadelphia campus.

    School Overview

    Temple University is a comprehensive, public institution of higher learning located in the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Since its foundation in 1884, Temple has prepared the largest body of professionals in Pennsylvania. Temple was founded by Russell Cornwell, a Yale-educated Boston lawyer and ordained Baptist minister who began teaching at Grace Baptist Church in Pennsylvania. From the popular classes at the Church, Temple University grew.

    Temple offers undergraduate and graduate degrees and certificates from the following colleges and schools:

    • Tyler School of Art
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    • School of Media and Communication
    • Lewis Katz School of Medicine
    • Boyer College of Music and Dance
    • School of Pharmacy
    • School of Podiatric Medicine
    • College of Public Health
    • College of Science and Technology
    • School of Social Work
    • School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management
    • School of Theater, Film and Media Arts

    Temple Online offers many graduate degrees in completely online formats. Fully online accredited graduate programs are both designed and taught by our outstanding Temple University faculty.


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