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Doctor of Occupational Therapy, O.T.D.

Saint Louis University's post-professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) program can prepare you to become an advanced practitioner, policy-maker or program evaluator, and for academic roles. Open to bachelor's or master's-educated OT practitioners, the program follows a hybrid instructional model with online courses and three weekend residencies.

About the Program

The Saint Louis University PP-OTD program will not be accepting new students for the 2018-19 academic year. If you are interested in being considered for the program, please contact Dr. Katie Serfas at

The hybrid nature of SLU's Doctor of Occupational Therapy program makes it ideal for working adult professionals who want to develop or advance their area of practice, leadership or educational specializations. Completing the program requires 42 credit hours for practitioners with a bachelors degree and 30 credit hours for practitioners with a masters.

Information regarding admission, progression, retention, graduation, certification and credentialing requirements can be found in the student handbook.

Curriculum Details

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 a six credit hours 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 of SLU’s Doctor of Occupational Therapy program are prepared to work as advanced OT practitioners and as program evaluators. This degree can also further a career in academics or public policy.

Tuition and Fees

Saint Louis University takes pride in being one of Barron's Best Buys in College Education and Kiplinger's Best Values in Private Colleges.

For information regarding the upcoming academic year’s tuition rate, fees and financial aid, visit SLU Financial Services.

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Scholarships and Financial Aid

Learn about scholarships and financial aid at Student Financial Services. Graduate assistantships are also available for a student in the St. Louis metropolitan area.

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Applicant Criteria


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.

You 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)
    You 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 credits)
    Master's-level applicants may submit a comparable course taken within the last five years for consideration. You 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 OT: Theories, Domains and Processes (3 credits)Master's-level applicants may submit a comparable course taken within the last five years for consideration. You may also choose to take a competency exam but must score at least a 75 percent to bypass this course requirement.

GRE Scores

The GRE is not required.

Application Requirements

Undergraduate GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale
Curriculum vitae (CV)
A 500 word personal essay detailing your goals and intentions for pursuing an OTD
Three letters of reference
Interview (By invitation only)

Requirements for International Students

Application Deadline

The priority admission deadline is February 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.