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Occupational Therapy (Ph.D.)

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Already a licensed Occupational Therapist and want to take your career to the next level?  Receive more information or apply to one of NSU's post-professional occupational therapy programs using one of the options below.

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Courses of Study

Route 1

Occupational Therapists with a master's degree from an accredited institution may enter the PhD program. Students with a master's degree must complete:

Courses Course Title CREDITS
HPH 7300 Fundamentals of Biostatistics 3
HPH 7310 Statistical Inference 3
HPH 7400 Research Design (Quantitative) 3
HPH 7410 Research Methods (Qualitative) 3
HPH 7600 Grant Writing and Publication 3
OCT 7010 Theory Development for Models of Practice 3
OCT 7101 The Health Professional as Academic Educator 3
OCT 7104 Occupational Science 3
OCT 7302 Contextual Aspects of Occupational Performance 3
OCT 7420 Mixed Methods 3
OCT 7820 Applying Measurement Theory to Evaluation 3
OCT 7860 Leadership Development in Multiple Contents 3
OCT 7870 Dissertation Seminar 3
OCT 8945 Studies for the Qualifying Examination 1
OCT 8950 Research Residency 3
OCT 8970 Doctoral Dissertation 9
Electives Electives (Selected with graduate advisor approval to complement student’s research focus) 9
*Minimum of 61 credits to graduate

Route 2

Bridge to Ph.D. Program

The Bridge to Ph.D. program offers occupational therapists who have completed a postprofessional clinical doctorate in occupational therapy (O.T.D. or Dr.O.T.) an easy transition to a research doctoral program.

The admissions criteria and curriculum for the Bridge to Ph.D. program are the same as the Ph.D. programs; however students in the bridge program can transfer up to 12 credits from their previously completed doctoral program.

Transferred credits are accepted in lieu of up to two core courses and up to two elective courses and are subject to evaluation of course syllabi and grades by the Ph.D. program director.

Additional Information

Occupational Therapy Admissions Office:

Renee San Giacomo

(239) 274-6952  | 


Note: A prospective student should consult the University catalog. Should any discrepancies exist between the catalog and this Web Page, the University catalog will be considered to be the official binding document.

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