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Occupational Therapy (Ph.D.)

Post-professional (Dr.OT and Ph.D.) Monthly Virtual Open House

Already a licensed Occupational Therapist and want to take your career to the next level?  Meet the occupational therapy post-professional program directors in our monthly online virtual open house. Ask questions about curriculum, get tips for fitting a doctoral program into your schedule, and learn how to engage in an online learning environment.

Register here to attend an upcoming virtual open house on the first Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. (EST). 


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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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About Program

Seriously consider applying to our Ph.D. program if you would like to advance in your career as a leader, researcher, and academician. With courses designed to fit your schedule, the program is aimed at the working professional who may not be able to relocate for full-time study. Our program is offered in an online distance education format with only two required on-campus visits during the curriculum. Each on-campus visit is between 2-4 days in duration. During the curriculum, Ph.D. students are required to travel to our beautiful main campus in South Florida once during their first year of coursework and a second time during either their 2nd or 3rd year of coursework (depending on their course sequence). The rest of the semesters are completed entirely online through online learning technology, asynchronous discussion postings, and live voice discussions. There is a research residency requirement and a qualifying process prior to starting your dissertation phase. Your dissertation phase can be completed entirely online from a distance. The Ph.D. program and curriculum includes OT core courses, multi-disciplinary research design core courses, electives, qualifying process, research residency, and completion of a dissertation study and report.

Please go to Admissions Requirements and Procedures to view our admissions information.


Courses Course Title Credit Hours
OCT 7010 Theory Development for Models of Practice 3
OCT 7101 The Health Professional as Academic Educator 3
OCT 7104 Occupational Science 3
OCT 7300 Biostatistics I 3
OCT 7301 Contexts of Occupation-Centered Practice 3
OCT 7310 Biostatistics II 3
OCT 7410 Qualitative Research Design 3
OCT 7411 Quantitative Research Design 3
OCT 7420 Mixed Methods Research 3
OCT 7850 Scholarly Writing for Publication and Grants 3
OCT 7820 Applying Measurement Theory to Evaluation 3
OCT 7860 Leadership Development in Multiple Contexts 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 Ph.D. Program Director approval to complement student’s research focus) 9
*Minimum of 61 credits to graduate

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