Doctor of Occupational Therapy

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Rise to the next level

With a Post-Professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy (PP-OTD) degree, you can have a greater role in helping people live their best lives.

Made for the busy pro: This program is 100% online.

Why earn a Post-Professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy (PP-OTD) degree?

Why earn a Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) degree?
  • Online and flexible – No need to put your career on hold. You can complete your degree 100% online and on a full-time or part-time basis.
  • Collaboration – Our cohort-based program will help you build professional relationships and expand your health care scope.
  • Specialize – Choose a specialty track (college teaching, healthcare administration) that matches what you want to do.
  • Low costs – Missouri State has affordable tuition. Cover your education with scholarships and financial aid.

Know your path to completion

This program is designed for current occupational therapists looking to advance their careers.

To pursue the Post-Professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy (PP-OTD) program at Missouri State, you must:

  • Be a certified, licensed occupational therapist who has been in clinical practice for at least one year.
  • Have a degree (bachelor’s or master’s) in occupational therapy.
  • Meet other admission requirements.
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Access a sample schedule for completing your degree.

Career options with a PP-OTD degree

Career options with an OTD degree

Occupational therapy isn’t just a job – it’s a profession.

A Post-Professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy (PP-OTD) degree expands your outlook.

Whether you want to start your own clinic, teach at the college level or venture into something else, you’re set up for success.

Possible career paths include:

  • Advanced-practice occupational therapy
  • Advocacy
  • Education and teaching
  • Entrepreneurship (private practice)
  • Graduate school for terminal degrees (PhD, EdD)
  • Leadership and administration
  • Program and policy development

Get ready to change what's possible in your career.

In the works: Entry-Level OTD program

Pending state approval, our Entry-Level Doctor of Occupational Therapy (EL-OTD) program will begin in fall 2024.

The entry-level doctorate helps you become a licensed occupational therapist and start your career with advanced training.

Not yet an occupational therapist?

Begin your journey into occupational therapy through our master’s program.