Doctor of Occupational Therapy (DOT)

Degree Awarded: 
Doctoral Degree
  • To learn more about the faculty and staff of the Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program, click here.
  • To see Jefferson College of Health Sciences Catalog, with the Doctor of Occupational Therapy section beginning on page 175, click here.

Applicants must apply through OTCAS: The Occupational Therapist Centralized Application Service. Jefferson College does not require a supplemental application. The application through OTCAS can be found at

The Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (DOT) is a post-professional terminal degree designed for currently practicing Occupational Therapists with interests in becoming educators, clinical leaders, program developers, and/or clinical researchers. The program is offered in an online delivery format which allows the student flexibility in meeting both their professional and academic goals. The 36 credit hour program of study consists of seven semesters with 3 – 6 credit hours per semester.  

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the Doctor of Occupational Therapy program, the graduate will be able to:

  1. Apply and integrate occupation based models and theories in professional practice settings.
  2. Implement and integrate evidence based models of practice in general and specialty areas.
  3. Analyze and address issues related to participation, rights and culture of all individuals and communities.
  4. Employ effective collaborative leadership skills across practice settings.
  5. Explore issues and solutions related to clinical education and supervision.
  6. Conduct a research study/ scholarly project and disseminate results to a professional audience.

Admission Requirements

All applicants for the Doctor of Occupational Therapy (DOT) will complete and submit their application through the online Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS).

  • Completed Jefferson College OTCAS application
  • Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy. Applicants with a Bachelor’s degree OT must also hold a Master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in a related Field of Study
  • Copy of current licensure as an OT
  • Resume or CV
  • Interview (on-line)
  • Essay on how you plan to utilize the DOT degree
  • Three references
  • Official transcripts from every institution you have attended

Preliminary Program of Study

Education Track

Administration Track

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