The Department of Occupational Therapy offers the Master of Science (MS) in Occupational Therapy program, an advanced practice program for occupational therapists with a bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy. The program is intended for occupational therapists, educated in the United States or internationally, who are seeking advanced knowledge and skills.
The Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) program prepares students to become occupational therapists. The program is designed to develop the next generation of doctorally trained occupational therapists who will be able to rigorously implement evidence-based practice, understand care delivery models, and meet the future occupational needs of society. Students will develop the skills needed to assume leadership roles within health, education, and wellness systems. The OTD curriculum includes course content and learning activities that prepare students beyond the generalist level of an occupational therapist in practice skills, research skills, administration, professional development, leadership, advocacy and theory.
Our post-professional Doctor of Clinical Science (CScD) in Occupational Therapy program, delivered 100% online through Pitt’s School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (SHRS), empowers occupational therapists all over the world to develop advanced leadership skills, implement evidence into practice and transform both clients’ lives and the profession of occupational therapy. Our highly personalized curriculum ensures that coursework is tailored to each student’s professional interests and goals. The online CScD in Occupational Therapy program is designed to prepare eligible or already credentialed or licensed individuals to practice clinically with competencies above and beyond those expected of entry-level professionals. These students develop advanced skills to identify and implement evidence in clinical practice, as well as professional communication, leadership and clinical teaching skills. This program provides a foundation for moving into leadership positions in clinical, community and educational settings. Students enrolled in the CScD in Occupational Therapy degree program will also receive an Advanced Practice Certificate in Implementation of Evidence in Clinical Practice.