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Doctor of
Occupational Therapy 
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Entry-Level Doctor of Occupational Therapy

Do you want to positively impact the lives of individuals affected by illness or injury? Do you want to be on the cutting edge of occupational therapy practice and research? Do you want to learn to think critically about client-centered care at a graduate school focused exclusively on the health professions? Then the 3-year OTD program at Boston’s MGH Institute of Health Professions is the place for you.

Features of our innovative OTD program include:

  • Active and case-based learning in state-of-the-art classrooms and labs
  • Clinical placements at leading health care and educational sites in Boston and beyond
  • Onsite clinical centers and interprofessional learning opportunities with students and practitioners across the health professions
  • Mentorship from faculty who are scholars and leaders in the field, across a wide range of specialties

Doctoral students learn skills and engage in scholarly experiences beyond entry-level master’s programs. These include advanced training in leadership, policy, delivery systems, and working in interprofessional teams.

The program culminates with a mentored capstone project, the Advanced Doctoral Experience (ADE), in which students develop advanced skills in an area of interest, such as practice, research, leadership, or education.

Accreditation Status

The Doctor of Occupational Therapy program is approved by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education.  It has applied for accreditation and has been granted candidacy status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE), which is located at the Accreditation Department, American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814. Phone (301) 652-AOTA .  

More Information

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The application deadline is December 1, 2015 for program starting summer 2016.  See the program's application process for prerequisites and other admission requirements.