St. Catherine's post-professional, online Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) program 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.
St. Kate's occupational therapy doctorate program sets the stage for new roles and responsibilities in your current occupational therapy position and rewarding opportunities in other professional arenas. Our OTD graduates have the expertise, confidence and passion for their work that are essential for career advancement. With our degree you can pursue:
St. Catherine’s 35-credit OTD program is offered in an online format, and can be completed in 2–3 years. Courses are designed around online learning and discussion, video chats with professors and other students, and the development of a professional network for mentoring. Some components take place on our St. Paul campus, such as orientation and the doctoral project presentation.
Our OTD 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.
Students who are employed full-time or have other responsibilities typically take one course at a time in the program. Other students may choose to complete the core coursework in the first year and their doctoral project in the second year. Whether they're enrolled part-time or full-time, all of our students greatly enjoy the collegiality and collaboration they experience with their professors and peers in the program.
At St. Catherine University, you will grow as a leader who engages with intention, acts with justice and serves with compassion. We have an outstanding reputation, high expectations for excellence, supportive classmates and professors, and a long tradition of contributions to the profession of occupational therapy.
In the 2016-17 academic year, the tuition rate for the OTD program is $995 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 students employed by one of our corporate partners (Allina, Children's Hospitals and Clinics, Ecumen, Fairview Health, Gillette Children's, HealthEast, HealthPartners, Hennepin County Medical Center, North Memorial Medical Center, Park Nicollet Health, Regions Hospital) may be eligible to receive a special corporate partner scholarship, reducing tuition costs by 10%.
The OTD degree includes courses and experiences to build your professional competencies.
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Our OTD faculty are nationally recognized researchers, global leaders and skilled teachers.