Degree for a New Generation of Occupational Therapy Leaders

The Fairleigh Dickinson University Post-Professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy (PPOTD) is the first of its kind in the state of New Jersey. The program will offer practitioners with either a bachelor’s or master’s degree in occupational therapy the opportunity to advance their studies and prepare to respond to current and future challenges in OT practice through leadership, interprofessional collaboration, advocacy and translational sciences. As the role of OT expands and demand for practitioners grows, the need for visionary professionals who can advance OT’s impact and innovation has never been greater.

Our curriculum offers specializations in education and management/leadership to prepare you for an expanded role in today’s complex health care and professional education settings. You can develop the critical skills needed to:

  • Become a successful OT entrepreneur or consultant
  • Teach and train emerging professionals in classroom and clinical settings
  • Participate as a leader on research teams
  • Apply evidence in support of practice interventions
  • Assume roles in institutional healthcare leadership and management
  • Develop and implement healthcare policy initiatives in OT
  • Design innovative and responsive clinical programs


  • Your time spent will not only be thinking about your future – but actively creating it.

Program Highlights

CONCENTRATED: Earn your doctorate without career interruption in as little as 14 months for qualified students holding a master’s in OT or 18 months for bachelor’s prepared students.

CONVENIENT: Online studies plus two on campus weekend residencies designed to promote class interaction and collegiality

INTERDISCIPLINARY: A full-time, professionally connected faculty representing occupational therapy, pharmacy, public health, education, social work and organizational leadership

COMPETITIVE: $825/credit tuition

Program Details

  • Start Date: Aug-Sept 2020
  • Estimated Program Length: 14-18 months
  • Course Length: 8 Weeks
  • Credit Hours for Program: 39

Admission Requirements

To be considered for FDU’s new doctoral program, you must hold of the following: an entry-level master of occupational therapy degree; a bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy plus an earned master’s degree in any field; or a bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy. Other requirements for consideration include:

  1. Graduation from an occupational therapy program accredited by ACOTE
  2. A minimum graduation GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 point scale
  3. Evidence of current state occupational therapy license
  4. Successful completion (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) of a statistics course or research methods course within the past five years. (Note: Can be taken concurrently with the first semester of graduate coursework)
  5. Basic computer competency, including word processing and internet skills.

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To apply, please submit the following:

  • A completed graduate application for admission, available online at
  • All official undergraduate and graduate transcripts (indicating completed prerequisites)
  • A personal statement
  • A current résumé
  • Three letters of recommendation

NOTE: Interested candidates can petition to waive up to 6 credits from the required 15 credits for bachelor’s prepared OTs by preparing a portfolio.

Courses and Requirements:

Students participate in two online classes every eight weeks and attend two on-campus weekend residencies; at the beginning and towards the end of the program.  Master’s prepared students can complete their doctoral studies in just 14 months.

  • Master’s OT-prepared students in the program complete a core curriculum plus 12 credits in a chosen specialty track, for a total of 39 credits.
  • Bachelor’s OT-prepared students must complete a total of 54 credits, which includes 15 prerequisite credits (5 courses) to enter the program.
  • At the end of the program, all candidates also have the option of participating in an elective 3-credit International Residency Experience

Core Courses (27 credits)

  • OTD 6001 Advanced Neuroscience of Occupational Therapy
  • OTD 6003 Quality Improvement Through Translational Practices
  • OTD 6005 Introduction to Biostatistics & Data Analysis
  • OTD 6008 Translating Evidence to OT Practice
  • OTD 6010 Capstone 1
  • OTD 6100 Fundamentals of Health Sciences Leadership
  • OTD 6105 Social & Behavioral Determinants of Public Health
  • OTD 7001 Change Leadership in Policy & Practice
  • OTD 7005 Global Interprofessional Health & Wellness
  • OTD 7010 Occupational Therapy Capstone II

Concentration Courses (12 credits)

Select one of the following tracks:


  • EDUC 6702 Curriculum & Instruction: Theory & Practice
  • EDUC 6704 Curriculum Development & Program Improvement
  • EDUC 6718 Curriculum, Program Evaluation & Student Assessment
  • EDUC 6745 Principles and Practices of Collaboration & Inclusion


  • OTD 6210 Healthcare Leadership and Change
  • OTD 6215 Innovation in Healthcare Organizations
  • OTD 6220 Best Practices in Healthcare Organizational Operations
  • OTD 6225 Strategic Decision Making in Healthcare


  • OTD 5001 Advanced Occupational Therapy Theories, Models & Framework
  • OTD 5003 Introduction to Evidence-Based OT Practice
  • OTD 5006 Academic Writing
  • OTD 5008 Health Care Management
  • OTD 5010 Professional Trajectory
Contact Information
Ivelisse Lazzarini

Course Descriptions