Online Doctor of Clinical Science in Occupational Therapy

Develop advanced practice clinical proficiencies to shape the field of occupational therapy through our online post-professional clinical science doctorate.

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Accessible online coursework and format

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Curriculum tailored to your goals

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Emphasis on evidence-based practice

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One-of-a-kind advanced certificate

Program Overview

Overview

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 around 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 your professional interests and goals.

Designed with an emphasis on accessibility, the online format of the CScD in Occupational Therapy brings Pitt’s renowned occupational therapy program to eligible or licensed and credentialed occupational therapists across the globe. As an online CScD in Occupational Therapy student, you can complete the 72-credit degree program on a part-time basis and earn your degree in as little as 28 months.

The online CScD in Occupational Therapy program is designed to prepare you to practice clinically with competencies above and beyond those expected of entry-level professionals. You will 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.

*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 potentially 42 credits. This is subject to the university’s approval.

Certificate

Students enrolled in the CScD in Occupational Therapy degree program will also receive an Advanced Practice Certificate in Implementation of Evidence in Clinical Practice (12 credits), which includes the following four 3-credit courses:

  • Evidence Interpretation for Implementation
  • Foundations in Implementation
  • The Business of Implementation
  • Advocacy for Implementation

This is the only advanced certificate of its kind being offered in occupational therapy, and allows occupational therapists to develop advanced skills for implementing evidence into real-world practice at the individual and system levels.

Applicants have two pathways to earn the 12-credit certificate: as part of the online CScD in Occupational Therapy degree program, or as an independent course of study. Those who enroll in the Advanced Practice Certificate as an independent 12-credit course of study may choose to transition into the CScD in Occupational Therapy degree program after completion of the certificate and can apply the certificate credits toward the degree.

Courses

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.

Learning Outcomes

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

    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

  • Influence Change

    Understand trends, identify barriers to and facilitators of change and influence change

  • Communicate Effectively

    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.

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Next cohort starts on August 27
Final application deadline is August 2

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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.

Roxanna Bendixen, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Roxanna Bendixen, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Associate Professor

bendixen@pitt.edu
412-383-6603
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Avital Isenberg, CScD, MS, OTR/L

Avital Isenberg, CScD, MS, OTR/L

Visiting Instructor

ASI14@pitt.edu
412-383-6620
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Carolyn Kerr

Carolyn Kerr

Adjunct Instructor

ckerr@katz.pitt.edu

Cara Lekovitch, MOT, OTR/L

Cara Lekovitch, MOT, OTR/L

Geriatric Research Program Manager, Instructor

cal191@pitt.edu
412-624-7345
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Ketki Raina, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Ketki Raina, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Associate Professor

kdr47@pitt.edu
412-383-4690
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Juleen Rodakowski, OTD, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA

Juleen Rodakowski, OTD, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA

Associate Professor

jur17@pitt.edu
412-383-6615
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Amit Sethi, PhD, OTR/L

Amit Sethi, PhD, OTR/L

Assistant Professor and Master of Science in Occupational Therapy Program Director

asethi@pitt.edu
412-383-6619
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Elizabeth R. Skidmore, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, FACRM

Elizabeth R. Skidmore, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, FACRM

Professor and Chair, Department of Occupational Therapy | Associate Dean for Research, SHRS

skidmore@pitt.edu
412-383-6617
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Alyson Stover, MOT, JD, OTR/L, BCP

Alyson Stover, MOT, JD, OTR/L, BCP

Associate Professor

adstover@pitt.edu
412-383-6614
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Pamela Toto, PhD, OTR/L, BCG, FAOTA, FGSA

Pamela Toto, PhD, OTR/L, BCG, FAOTA, FGSA

Associate Professor and Doctor of Clinical Science in Occupational Therapy Program Director

pet3@pitt.edu
412-383-6612
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Kelsey Voltz-Poremba, CScD, MOT, OTR/L

Kelsey Voltz-Poremba, CScD, MOT, OTR/L

Assistant Professor

KLV28@pitt.edu
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