Occupational Therapy (Transitional O.T.D.)

The Marymount University transitional Doctor of Occupational Therapy (t.O.T.D.) program provides an opportunity for all U.S. licensed occupational therapists who hold a master’s degree in occupational therapy to transition their academic credential to the O.T.D. This fully online program, offered in association with Rehab Essentials Inc., employs a dynamic learning-in-context environment that is designed to engage the learner at their speed and level within their context of practice.

This innovative t.O.T.D. curriculum is taught by nationally recognized faculty and is strongly rooted in evidence-based practice. Marymount t.O.T.D. students will be connected to a diverse online community of experienced professional peers. Through completion of this comprehensive curriculum, students will advance their critical thinking skills and professional knowledge and behaviors necessary to excel in the science and art of occupational therapy.

There are two start windows for a cohort each year: January and August. Each cohort will follow in sequence the progression of courses listed below associated with their degree entry point. The master’s to O.T.D program is 30 credits long and designed to be completed in five semesters.

Upon successful completion of the t.O.T.D. program, students will be better equipped to incorporate all aspects of current occupational therapy patient management and professional practice responsibilities. The transitional Occupational Therapy Doctoral degree program outcome expectations state that each t.O.T.D. student will

  • function independently as a generalist OT with a broad application of the theories, delivery models, and systems used in settings where occupational therapy is currently practiced and where it is emerging as a service;
  • articulate and apply occupational therapy evaluations and occupation-based interventions with persons, groups, and populations for the purpose of facilitating performance and participation in activities, occupations, and roles and situations in home, school, workplace, community, and other settings, as informed by the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework;
  • be an effective consumer and contributor of research and knowledge bases that support occupational therapy practice and contribute to the growth and dissemination of research and knowledge;
  • demonstrate ongoing commitment to lifelong learning by: 1) keeping current with evidence-based professional practice, 2) upholding the ethical standards, values, and attitudes of the occupational therapy profession, and 3) demonstrating active involvement in professional development, leadership, and advocacy;
  • analyze and apply the distinct roles and responsibilities of the occupational therapist interacting intra- and inter-professionally in the collaborative and supervisory process with all who provide services and programs for persons, groups, and populations;
  • advocate as a professional for access to occupational therapy services offered and for the recipients of those services; and
  • demonstrate the ability to synthesize in-depth knowledge in a practice area through the development and completion of a doctoral capstone in one or more of the following areas: clinical practice skills, research skills, administration, leadership, program and policy development, advocacy, education, and theory development.

Admission Requirements and Eligibility: 

If you attained your M.S.O.T. or M.O.T. from an ACOTE-accredited institute:

  • official transcript(s)
  • copy of U.S. occupational therapy license

If you attained your M.S.O.T. or M.O.T. from a non-ACOTE (or foreign) institute:

  • official transcript(s)
  • copy of U.S. occupational therapy license

Due Dates: All material must be postmarked no later than the date(s) identified on marymount.rehabessentials.com. Spots are limited and assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.

Minimum Grade and Academic Progression Requirements: Occupational therapy students must meet all the university academic standards for graduate students. In addition, occupational therapy students are expected to receive a minimum course grade of C in all required courses. Course grades lower than a C are considered unsatisfactory. If a student does not attain a grade of C or higher, they will be allowed to remediate that course in the following semester. In the case of a remediation course, the student will need to attain a B or better. Should a student not be able to attain a B or better in the remediation course the student may be dismissed from the program.


Degree Requirements — Occupational Therapy (Transitional O.T.D.)

30 credits

Semester One

OTD 700Advanced Occupational Therapy Theory, Concepts, and Application


OTD 701Professional Ethical Reasoning


Semester Two

OTD 702Evidence-Based Practice Methods and Application


OTD 703Methods of Evaluation in Occupational Therapy Practice


October/November Weekend On-site at Marymount

OTD 704Professionalism — The Doctoring Profession in OT


Semester Three

OTD 705Prevention, Health, and Disability


OTD 706Outcomes Measurement and Assessment


Semester Four

OTD 707Personal Leadership for the Health Professional: Essentials to Transform Practice


OTD 708Capstone I


Semester Five

OTD 709Teaching and Learning: Continuum of Education


OTD 710Capstone II