Graduate College | Henrietta Schmoll School of Health

Occupational Therapy (OTD)

St. Catherine's post-professional, Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) online 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.

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

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:

  • 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 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, MN 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.

why St. Kate’s?

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.

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

Did you know?

  • St. Catherine's Department of Occupational Science and 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

In the 2017-18 academic year, the tuition rate for the OTD program will be $1,036 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 may be eligible to receive a special corporate partner scholarship, reducing tuition costs by 10%.

OTD Degree Requirements

OTD Degree Requirements

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

More Information

More Information

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How to Apply

How to Apply

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