On-line Post-Professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)Program

Thank you for your interest in Pacific University’s post-professional distance-based Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) program.  The School of Occupational Therapy offers this unique post-professional degree to recent School of OT graduates (2008-2014) in a distance format.  The program allows you to achieve your educational goals without relocating or disrupting your current employment or living arrangements.

The Post-Professional Program is accepting applications for the transitional program, and will no longer accept applications after August 2014.    See Curriculum Grid Transitional Post-Professional.

The program will begin with a 3 day on-campus orientation (see academic calendar for schedule dates).  All courses are delivered in a distance based format usually occurring within 9 week sessions in the Fall, Spring, and during the summer. The length of some sessions may vary.  Most on-line courses are asynchronous (available 24/7 at student's convenience) arrangements for the rare synchronous class meeting will be made through the course instructor.  OTD elective courses are listed under Post-Professional OTD Course Descriptons. Students will plan the sequence of their specialty elective course with their academic advisors.  Plans for the capstone project will begin in the first course of the program, and assignments throughout the curriculum will be directed towards development of the capstone and research project and grounded in the current or future work setting of the student.  As students complete the program, they visit campus to present their capstone project and participate in graduation ceremonies. 

For students seeking federal loans it is important to take 2 or more courses per semester or 12 week session (5 credits or more total).                      

Admission Requirements:

Please review a copy of the current application for details

The Post-Professional transitional on-line OTD program requires:


How to Apply:

The School of Occupational Therapy is accepting applications from Pacific School of OT graduates (2008-2014) for the on-line Post-Professional Occupational Therapy Doctorate (POTD) program.  Application deadline is July 15th for the Fall start date in late August. Following the 2014 admissions cycle the POTD program will be suspended, and applications will no longer be accepted.


The Curriculum

The goal of the post-professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy program is to develop innovative leaders in the global health care community.

The curriculum prepares you to be a leader in shaping the future of occupational therapy.  Graduates will be prepared to assume roles in consulting, program development, outcomes research, teaching, advanced practice, or health promotion.  You will learn about the interconnections of occupational science and occupational therapy, critically evaluating theory and evidence for application in your chosen area of practice.  What you learn in the virtual classroom is applied directly to your clients and your workplace.  Concepts of occupational justice are related to work with your clients, communities, organizations and populations, with opportunities to apply these concepts to real life case examples.

Students work closely with a faculty mentor to determine educational goals.  From the beginning, Pacific University faculty will help you design the just-right challenge for your education, including specialty electives, and the focus of your Capstone Research and Scholarship project.  Students on the transitional Post-Professional track will take the following courses:

You will choose a specialty focus for coursework and research to support development as a leader in practice areas that matches your individual professional goals.  Areas of specialty focus include:

course listing of electives


This area of specialty focus supports students who wish to develop expertise in gerontology.  Students may wish to pursue electives through the Graduate Certificate in Gerontology for the Healthcare Professional program. 


Leadership and Policy

This area of focus supports students who wish to develop expertise in administration, management, or policy development.  Students may wish to pursue electives in Interprofessional Global Health or Healthcare Administration (through the Master of Healthcare Administration program). 


Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

This area of focus supports students who wish to develop expertise in teaching within the OT field.  Students may seek capstone projects involving writing, course instruction, or fieldwork education.


The program begins and ends with brief onsite visits.  During the first visit you will meet the educational team, your cohort members receive an introduction to distance learning, and map your path for the best educational experience.  The program culminates when students return to campus to present capstone projects in a research symposium, and to graduate.  POTD transitional students can typically complete the program in approximately 18 months of part-time study.  Application deadline is July 15th for the Fall start date in mid-August.


The Pragmatics:

There is one entry point into the curriculum in August.

Though it is possible to complete the transitional POTD course work within 18 months, some students may choose to extend the time in order to accommodate issues of life and occupational balance.  We encourage students to stay within a cohort to build the support of a collegial community throughout the program. The program must be completed within five years.

Tuition and technology fees can be found here


Students are required to have a computer that meets the minimum specifications as outlined in the document found on the University Information website

For the onsite portions of the program, lodging is available that is convenient to campus through use of public transportation.  Lodging and the Hillsboro Campus of Pacific University may be reached via public transport (Trimet) from Portland International Airport (PDX) and Union Station (Amtrak).