Transitional Doctor of Occupational Therapy

A transitional degree that maintains a life balance.

Continuing to the doctoring level should not come at a sacrifice to family, career, or personal wellness. The tOTD degree allows you to balance work, life, and career advancement to help you achieve your professional goals. Courses are online and on your time. You can view and review them anytime within a 15-week semester.

Course assignments can be completed any time prior to the deadline and an active discussion forum promotes peer review, professional growth, networking and collaboration to achieve your professional goals. All but one course is online. There is one on-site seminar, that over the course of one weekend enables for face-to- face connection with classmates and some faculty members, offering opportunities for personal networking.

Elevating the Profession

As the saying goes, “a rising tide lifts all boats.” This tOTD program provides a critical career advancement pathway for therapists trained at ACOTE accredited schools as well as foreign universities. Foreign-trained therapists looking to meet license requirements can take any single tOTD course to meet deficiencies for credentialing. Enrollment is also open to foreign-practicing therapists looking to attain an OTD who wish to continue to practicing in their native country.


Pathway to success

The e-learning education format allows Master’s educated occupational therapists to advance to the doctoral degree while keeping in mind the budgetary and time constraints of a working health professional.


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Masters to OTD: 5 Semester Program

  • First Semester Advanced Occupational Therapy Theory, Concepts, and Application
  • Professional Ethical Reasoning
  • Second Semester Evidence-Based Practice Methods and Application
  • Methods of Evaluation in Occupational Therapy Practice
  • Professionalism: The Doctoring Profession (onsite weekend in Oct/Nov))
  • Third Semester Prevention, Health, and Disability
  • Outcomes Measurement and Assessment
  • Fourth Semester Personal Leadership for the Health Professional: Essentials to Transform Practice
  • Capstone I
  • Fifth Semester Teaching and Learning: Continuum of Education
  • Capstone II
  • Partnering with an accredited university

    Rehab Essentials has partnered with a university to offer a cost-effective transitional Doctor of Occupational Therapy (tOTD) degree program that allows working professionals to complete the degree on their terms, on-line and on their time. Each course within the curriculum is designed to advance critical thinking to the doctorate level while building on clinical skills. The transitional Doctor of Occupation Therapy (tOTD) degree will be conveyed by the partnering institution upon successful completion of program requirements.

    Launch Date: January 2021

    Cohorts begins January, April, and August



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