72 credits* (30 master’s-level transfer credits accepted)
Minimum of 28 months to complete
*Applicants may have the opportunity to transfer up to 30 credits of master's-level coursework to the CScD in Occupational Therapy program, lowering the required number of credits to earn the CScD in Occupational Therapy degree to 42 credits. This is subject to the university’s approval.
Following completion of the 34 credits of online courses, CScD in Occupational Therapy students will culminate their matriculation through the program with an eight-credit capstone project. With the support of a faculty mentor, students will individually design and complete a capstone project that demonstrates their advanced knowledge for implementing 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 system change.
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
Demand for Post-Professional Training in Occupational Therapy
Today’s occupational therapists need advanced training to support clinical specialization, clinical education and professional leadership.
- 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.