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Stay Ahead of the Curve

By building on your experience as an occupational therapist, our online Clinical Doctorate in Occupational Therapy (pOTD) will prepare you to enhance the care you're providing while shape program outcomes for consumers of occupational therapy. You'll have the opportunity to specialize in leadership, scholarship, integrative medicine or education, and set yourself apart as you advance your career.

With a focus on engaging occupational therapists in both clinical and academic settings, the GW Post-Professional OTD program offers coursework in teaching and learning, clinical research, advanced practitioner. Occupational therapy scholars are trained to engage in a multidirectional and interprofessional integration of basic research, client-oriented research, population-based research, and policy. Graduates will also learn to critically evaluate evidence to uncover knowledge-to-practice gaps in occupational therapy. This will culminate in the student developing a plan for an OT program grounded in an occupation-based theory for the capstone.

Program Highlights

  • Course Delivery: 100% Online
  • Completed in 2.5 years
  • Adult Learner Friendly
  • No Residency or In-Person Requirements
  • Nationally recognized educators and scholars
  • Student driven areas of Concentration

What Will I Learn?

The GW Post-Professional OTD program prepares graduates with the knowledge and skills needed to demonstrate to individuals how to accomplish daily tasks using therapeutic activities. Occupational Therapists employ a holistic perspective when advising clients to perform activities — the environment is adapted to fit the needs of the person, where the person is the essential component.

Graduates of the GW Post-Professional OTD program are equipped to demonstrate understanding of the following knowledge domains:

1. Teaching and Learning

  • Technology and Education
  • Curriculum Development in Health Professions
  • Assessment in Health Professionals Education
  • Teaching Strategies in the Health Profession

2. Clinical Research

  • Knowledge Translation in Health Care
  • Introduction to Health Care Quality
  • Health Information, Quality and Outcomes
  • Health Care Research

3. Advanced Practitioner

  • Systematic Review (independent topic selection)
  • Quality Improvement through Translational Practices
  • Independent Study with Expert Faculty

Learning from Expert Faculty

Our faculty-to-student ratio is among the lowest in the country, giving you access to career mentorship throughout your program. The flexibility in course assignments and electives allow you to personalize the program to meet your career goals.

Post-Professional OTD faculty members are distinguished leaders in the field. Roger Ideishi, JD, OT/L, FAOTA, director of the OTD program, focuses his research on community engagement, arts accessibility, and cultural and linguistic diversity research.

Other faculty areas of research include:

  • Trudy Mallinson, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, FACRM: Post-Acute Care, Outcomes Measurement (Rasch Analysis), Using Measurement in the Real World, Making Better Measures
  • Leslie Davidson, PhD, OT/L, FAOTA: Caregiver, Traumatic Brain Injury, Assessment Development
  • Mary Corcoran, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA: AD caregiving, knowledge translation, environmental modifications
  • Jennifer Weaver, PhD(C), MA, OTR/L, CBIS: Implementation Science, Person-Centered Care, Shared Decision-Making

Online Education

GW’s Post-Professional OTD program uses a 100% online learning format. The online courses use a dynamic media for self-disciplined and self-directed students to pursue a clinical doctorate while preparing for professional advancement. For more information about online education at GW, visit the Online Education page.