OTD Program

Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD)- (pending WSCUC and ACOTE approval) 


Program Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of the OTD, students will be able to…

  1. demonstrate mastery of entry-level clinical assessment and intervention skills needed for evidence-based occupational therapy services that address all areas identified in the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework;
  2. use research evidence to think critically on how to address client population needs;
  3. apply occupational therapy theory related to how humans across the lifespan construct meaning and seek adaptation through occupation to achieve expected outcomes;
  4. demonstrate in-depth knowledge of service delivery models, policies, and systems related to practice settings in both traditional and emerging areas;
  5. apply the principles and constructs of the occupational therapy code of ethics in responding to individual, institutional, and societal problems;
  6. demonstrate clear and effective communication, both written and verbal, to display professionalism and contribute to the enhancement of practice;
  7. display sensitivity and responsiveness to societal and cultural differences to better serve the needs of diverse and underserved populations;
  8. initiate and conduct high-quality research that contributes to the understanding and promotion of health and well-being of individuals within occupational therapy practice;
  9. contribute to the profession by submitting scholarly work to peer reviewed professional publications and/or for presentation at clinical or scientific meetings;
  10. assume leadership, management, and administrative roles that influence service delivery to patients, families, students, and others in community and clinical settings;
  11. participate in advocacy, education, and policy development that promote the advancement of occupational therapy profession;
  12. demonstrate in-depth knowledge in one or more of the following areas: clinical practice specialty skills, research skills, administration, leadership, program and policy development, advocacy, education, and theory development.


Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) Program Mission and Description

The Entry-level Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) Program prepares students for a professional career focused on helping people achieve skills and utilize resources to live independent and meaningful lives. The OTD program aims to meet the increasing demand for highly skilled occupational therapy practitioners within the dynamic nature of contemporary health and human services delivery systems. The program is structured towards producing client-centered occupational therapists with enhanced critical thinking abilities. It aims to produce professionals, who can research, develop, implement, and evaluate procedures utilizing a high degree of independent judgment and to consult where appropriate with other members of the health care team. The OTD Program educate occupational therapists that possess advanced knowledge and skills as direct care providers, consultants, educators, managers, leaders, researchers, and advocates for the profession and the consumer, as defined and prescribed by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE).


The Entry-level OTD is 120-unit full-time Cohort Program over 9 consecutive semesters (including summer) allowing for in-depth exposure and training in clinical practice skills, research skills, administration, leadership, program and policy development, advocacy, education, and/or theory development. The students within a specific cohort matriculate together and are expected to take the same courses every semester as well complete the requirements of the program at the same time.


The 9 consecutive semesters (including summer) include:

- 5 semesters of didactic coursework

- 2 semesters of clinical rotations (Fieldwork II): 3 months each with full-time internship under the supervision of a licensed occupational therapist

- 2 semesters of doctoral capstone experience, project, and advanced clinical elective courses

A doctoral capstone experience and a capstone project are required to obtain the Occupational Therapy Doctorate Degree.

Academic Advisement

Interested students should contact the Department of Occupational Therapy at (310) 243-2726, otdadmissions@csudh.edu or visit https://www.csudh.edu/ot/ for program specific details, application packet and additional information.

Students admitted to the OTD Program is assigned to an academic adviser. A Professional Development, which involve an academic advisement process will be facilitated at the end of every semester until graduation.



Admission to the Entry-level Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) Program require completion of a baccalaureate degree and all specified prerequisite courses and admission requirements.