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 improve your delivery of patient care. All but one course is online. There is one on-site seminar that is one weekend long and allows for face-to- face connection with faculty members and enhances your opportunities for personal networking with classmates.

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 CAPTE 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 but continue to practice in their native country.

Pathways to success

The e-learning education format allows Bachelor’s and 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.

Bachelors to OTD: 7 semester program
  • First Semester
    • Advance Theory Applications
    • Evidence-based Practice:  Methods and Applications
  • Second Semester
    • Professional and Ethical Reasoning
    • Methods of Evaluation in Practice
    • Professionalism:  The Doctoring Profession (onsite weekend)
  • Third Semester
    • Advanced Topics:  Prevention, Health and Disability
    • Outcomes Measurement and Program Evaluation
  • Fourth Semester
    • Best Practices in Leadership and Management
    • Trends in Occupational Therapy Practice
  • Fifth Semester
    • Teaching and Learning Continuum of Education
    • Critical Analysis of Interventions
  • Sixth Semester
    • Technology and Occupational Therapy
    • Capstone 1
  • Seventh Semester
    • Leading Change in Occupational Therapy Capstone 2 
Masters to OTD: 5 semester program
  • First Semester
    • Advance Theory Applications
    • Evidence-based Practice:  Methods and Applications
  • Second Semester
    • Professional and Ethical Reasoning
    • Methods of Evaluation in Practice
    • Professionalism:  The Doctoring Profession (onsite weekend)
  • Third Semester
    • Advanced Topics:  Prevention, Health and Disability
    • Outcomes Measurement and Program Evaluation
  • Fourth Semester
    • Best Practices in Leadership and Management
    • Capstone 1
  • Fifth Semester
    • Teaching and Learning Continuum of Education Capstone 2

Partnering with an accredited university

Rehab Essentials has partnered with a univerity 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.

Anticipated Launch Date, August 2019.

Cohorts begins January, April, and August

Check back for application.

The transitional Doctor of Occupation Therapy (tOTD) degree will be conveyed by the partnering institution upon successful completion of program requirements.

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