Accessible online coursework and format
Curriculum tailored to your goals
Emphasis on evidence-based practice
One-of-a-kind advanced certificate
Following the successful completion of the 34 credits of online coursework, CScD in Occupational Therapy students will complete an 8-credit capstone project. With the support of a dedicated faculty mentor, students will design a project demonstrating advanced knowledge of the implementation of evidence into practice.
Pitt’s online post-professional CScD in Occupational Therapy degree program is designed to prepare advanced practitioners to lead the field in evidence-based occupational therapy practice, education, advocacy and innovation.
Engage stakeholders at the level of the client, program, population and system
Proactively Identify Needs
Identify a need for change and opportunities for improvement in areas of specialization
Use Evidence and Data
Appraise, interpret, synthesize and apply evidence and data-driven strategies
Understand trends, identify barriers to and facilitators of change and influence change
Apply effective negotiation, communication, advocacy and conflict management strategies
Lead and Educate
Implement, evaluate and disseminate evidence-based practice
Advance Your Education. Advance Your Career. Advance the Field.
Are you considering an online CScD in Occupational Therapy to accelerate your career growth? Explore the top reasons behind an increased demand for occupational therapists with advanced training.
- The rapidly increasing and changing knowledge base, as well as greater independence in clinical practice, requires more advanced and in-depth knowledge.
- The emergence of new models of care, with concomitant rising consumer concerns, has forced a change in the practice of occupational therapy, necessitating more rigorous plans of study with increased clinical focus and exposure.
- The profession has a high demand for highly qualified occupational therapy practitioners in a variety of specialty areas, as well as the critical need for doctorally prepared faculty nationwide.
- The evolving changes in health care systems need occupational therapy professionals who understand the increasing complexity of health care delivery which, in turn, requires additional leadership and management skills.
If you have questions or would like to learn more about the curriculum, reach out to an enrollment advisor at any time at OTonline@shrs.pitt.edu or (412) 930-4036.
Meet Our Faculty
The University of Pittsburgh Department of Occupational Therapy is home to leaders in occupational therapy research, education and clinical practice. Our faculty go above and beyond to support your growth as an advanced practitioner, challenge the status quo and shape the field of occupational therapy.