Graduate College | Henrietta Schmoll School of Health

Occupational Therapy (Post-professional)

The post-professional, online Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD-PP) offered through St. Kate's St. Paul campus is designed for occupational therapists with a master's degree who are ready to lead and influence change in health, education and community settings.

St. Catherine University, in St. Paul, MN provides a foundation of excellence in healthcare education that has been cultivated for more than 100 years. The University has earned a distinguished reputation and has fostered enduring relationships with clinical and community partners in local, national and international settings.

Program Details

  • Format: Online classes
  • Credits: 35
  • Completion time: 28 months

What can I do with a Doctor of Occupational Therapy degree?

St. Kate's online doctoral program sets the stage for new roles and responsibilities in your current occupational therapy position and rewarding opportunities in other professional arenas. Our OTD-PP graduates have the expertise, confidence and passion for their work that are essential for career advancement. With our degree you can pursue:

  • faculty positions in occupational therapy and occupational therapy assistant programs
  • career advancement in clinical and community settings
  • lane changes and supervisory positions in school settings
  • roles in interdisciplinary or inter-professional teams and programs
  • leadership opportunities in professional associations

How will I study?

St. Catherine’s 35-credit OTD-PP program is offered in an online format and can be completed in 28 months. Courses are designed around online learning and discussion, video chats with professors and other students, and the development of a professional network for mentoring. Two on-campus experiences are required in St. Paul, MN, to start and end the program.

Our OTD-PP program helps you develop advanced knowledge and skills so you're ready for the next stage of your career. Courses in program development and evaluation, evidence-based practice, and teaching and education will prepare you for an individualized doctoral project related to your professional goals, and you will benefit from the collegiality and collaboration you experience with professors and peers in the program.

Why St. Kate’s?

St. Catherine University has a compelling mission, outstanding reputation, high expectations for excellence, supportive classmates and professors, and a long tradition of contributions to healthcare and the profession of occupational therapy.

The OTD-PP program is offered within the Graduate College through the Henrietta Schmoll School of Health.

Did you know?

  • St. Catherine's Department of Occupational Therapy has a 70+ year history of excellence in occupational therapy education and leadership in the profession. The department has the most comprehensive array of occupational therapy programs in the country, with options at the associate, master's and doctoral levels.
  • Three American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) presidents are St. Catherine alumni or university leaders, and seven St. Catherine faculty members have been recognized as Fellows of the AOTA.
  • Our faculty are editors and authors of major occupational therapy textbooks, and they engage in cutting-edge scholarship to promote health and participation in the areas of underserved and immigrant communities; aging, global and inter-professional initiatives; and family-centered programs.
  • Our current students and alumni are frequent presenters at professional conferences, active in occupational therapy and interdisciplinary professional associations, and sought after by employers.

Tuition and Financial Aid

For the 2019-20 academic year, the tuition rate for the OTD-PP program is $1,089 per credit. Tuition rates are subject to change each June 1. Additional costs for the program will include fees for student services and technology, books, etc.

Many graduate students are eligible for financial aid, usually in the form of student loans. Another potential source of funding is tuition benefits from current employers. Students are also encouraged to research scholarships available through the occupational therapy local or national organization.

St. Catherine OTD-PP students employed by one of our corporate partners may be eligible to receive a special corporate partner scholarship, reducing tuition costs by 10%.

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OTD Degree Requirements

OTD Degree Requirements

The OTD degree includes courses and experiences to build your professional competencies.

How to Apply

How to Apply

The OTD program has specific prerequisite and admission requirements. Learn more and get started.



Our OTD faculty are nationally recognized researchers, global leaders and skilled teachers.