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Occupational Therapy, O.T.D.

Saint Louis University's Post-Professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy (PP-OTD) program is for occupational therapy practitioners with a bachelor’s or master’s degree and is designed to prepare them for roles as academicians, advanced practitioners, policy-makers, program evaluators and advocates of the profession. The program offers three areas of concentration: practice, education, and public policy and leadership.

The Saint Louis University PP-OTD program is not accepting new students at this time. Inquiries should be sent to

Curriculum Overview

This program can be completed in six semesters. The curriculum is based on core concepts of occupational science and occupational therapy, outcomes research and education courses and can be tailored through concentrations to meet your professional development goals.

Each student is required to complete six credits of practicum. A three-credit practicum assignment requires a minimum of 320 hours. Students have the option to complete all six credits (640 hours) in a single semester.


Graduates are prepared to work as advanced OT practitioners and as program evaluators.

This degree can also further a career in academics or public policy.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must have at least one year (2,000 hours) of clinical experience as an occupational therapist or equivalent experience in another therapeutic field. Post-graduate therapy-related research will be considered as partial fulfillment of this requirement.

Students must also have successfully completed the National Board Certification in Occupational Therapy examination or an international equivalent.

Additional prerequisites include:

  • 4000 or 5000-level English composition course (3 credits)
    Students must have earned a grade of B or higher. An approved writing sample of at least five pages as evidence of graduate writing ability may be submitted in place of this course.
  • OCTH 5011 Fundamentals of Occupational Science (3 cr)
    Master's-level applicants may submit a comparable course taken within the last five years for consideration. Students may also choose to take a competency exam but must score at least a 75 percent to bypass this course requirement.
  • OCTH 5010 Foundations of Occupational Therapy: Theories, Domains and Processes (3 cr)
    Master's-level applicants may submit a comparable course taken within the last five years for consideration. Students may also choose to take a competency exam but must score at least a 75 percent to bypass this course requirement.

Application Requirements

  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.20 on a 4.00 scale
  • Curriculum vitae (CV)
  • A 500-word personal essay detailing your goals and intentions for pursuing an O.T.D.
  • Three letters of reference
  • Transcripts
  • Interview (By invitation only)

Requirements for International Students

All admission policies and requirements for domestic students apply to international students. International students must also meet the following additional requirements:

  • Demonstrate English Language Proficiency
  • Financial documents are required to complete an application for admission and be reviewed for admission and merit scholarships. 
  • Proof of financial support that must include:
    • A letter of financial support from the person(s) or sponsoring agency funding the student's time at Saint Louis University
    • A letter from the sponsor's bank verifying that the funds are available and will be so for the duration of the student's study at the University
  • Academic records, in English translation, of students who have undertaken postsecondary studies outside the United States must include:
    • Courses taken and/or lectures attended
    • Practical laboratory work
    • The maximum and minimum grades attainable
    • The grades earned or the results of all end-of-term examinations
    • Any honors or degrees received.

WES and ECE transcripts are accepted.

Application Deadline

The priority admission deadline is Feb. 1. The final admissions deadline is July 15.

Review Process

Applications for this program open in December. Priority admission decision letters are sent in April. Final admission decisions are made by Aug. 1.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

For priority consideration for graduate assistantship, apply by Feb. 1. 

For more information, visit the student financial services office online at


This program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education, (ACOTE), an Associated Advisory Council of the Executive Board of the American Occupational Therapy Association, (AOTA).
American Occupational Therapy Association, (AOTA)
6116 Executive Boulevard
Suite 200    
North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929

For more information about SLU's occupational therapy program outcomes, matriculation rate, graduation rate, certification exam pass rate and employment rate, please see the program outcomes document.

View Program Outcomes (PDF)

  1. Graduates will be able to critically evaluate research interpretations and results.
  2. Graduates will be able to critically appraise relevant literatures to propose new paths for knowledge development.
  3. Graduates will be able to generate solutions for an unmet professional need in a chosen practice domain.
  4. Graduates will be able to analyze the impact of policy processes on occupational therapy service delivery.
Required Courses
OCTH 5010Foundations of Occupational Therapy: Theories, Domains and Processes3
OCTH 5011Fundamentals of Occupational Science3
OCTH 6100Occupational Science in Practice and Society3
OCTH 6200Professional Leadership and Public Policy3
OCTH 6300Conceptualizations and Applications of Occupational In/Justice3
ORES 5010Introduction to Biostatistics for Health Outcomes3
ORES 5300Foundations of Outcomes Research I3
EDI 5600Models of Teaching3
OCTH 6400OTD Practicum 13
OCTH 6500OTD Practicum 23
Select six credits of advisor approved electives6
Total Credits36

Non-Course Requirements

Upon completion of all requirements, students receive the Master’s in Occupational Therapy (M.O.T.) Degree and are eligible to sit for the national certification examination administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). In addition to passing the national exam, most states require licensure in order to practice.

NOTE: All Level II Fieldwork must be complete within 18 months following completion of academic preparation.

Continuation Standards

Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 in all graduate/professional courses.

Roadmaps are recommended semester-by-semester plans of study for programs and assume full-time enrollment unless otherwise noted.  

Courses and milestones designated as critical (marked with !) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation. Transfer credit may change the roadmap.

This roadmap should not be used in the place of regular academic advising appointments. All students are encouraged to meet with their advisor/mentor each semester.  Requirements, course availability and sequencing are subject to change.

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
OCTH 6100 Occupational Science in Practice and Society 3
ORES 5010 Introduction to Biostatistics for Health Outcomes 3
OCTH 6200 Professional Leadership and Public Policy 3
EDI 5600 Models of Teaching 3
Year Two
OCTH 6300 Conceptualizations and Applications of Occupational In/Justice 3
ORES 5300 Foundations of Outcomes Research I 3
XXXXConcentration Course 3
XXXXConcentration Course 3
OCTH 6400 OTD Practicum 1 (Capstone Project Initiated) 3
Year Three
OCTH 6500 OTD Practicum 2 (Capstone Project Completed) 3
 Total Credits30

Apply for Admission

Contact Doisy College of Health Sciences:
Julie Miller
Recruitment Specialist