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Doctoral Degree Program

The occupational therapy doctoral degree program at Tufts prepares occupational therapists to fulfill leadership roles. These roles are expected to make a real impact on individuals and groups in society and the world in such areas as health functioning, wellness, and quality of life. As leaders, the graduates will be prepared to implement leadership projects and disseminate results. This program can be completed on a full time or part time basis and requires a total of 8 credits.


  • Registered occupational therapists or candidates who are eligible for NBCOT Certification. Those not credentialed in occupational therapy at entry will be given provisional acceptance. NBCOT credentialing before entry into the OTD is strongly recommended.
  • A bachelor's or master's degree in occupational therapy. Candidates may apply while in a degree program, but must satisfactorily complete all occupational therapy coursework and fieldwork before matriculating into the OTD program.
  • Candidates with a bachelor's degree must first satisfactorily complete their master's degree before admission into the OTD program. This requirement can be satisfied by completion of Tufts entry-level or post-professional master's degree programs in occupational therapy.
  • Since there are several different ways an applicant can be eligible, we encourage you to contact Jill Rocca to determine your eligibility for the OTD program.


  • All Prerequisites must be passed with a grade of B- or better and taken at an accredited college. Online courses are ONLY accepted for statistics.
    • One course in Introductory Statistics
    • One graduate-level Research Methods course
    • Certificate of Hepatitis B vaccination upon enrollment

To apply: Visit the application page.