Online Post Professional Occupational Therapy Doctorate (PPOTD)

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Change what’s possible in your occupational therapy career!

About the Program

Is it time to:

  • Grow your clinical skills?
  • Enhance your ability to teach others?
  • Move into a leadership role?
  • Act on your innovative ideas to address unmet community needs?

The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) online Post Professional Occupational Therapy Doctorate (PPOTD) will prepare occupational therapists with a master’s degree to change what’s possible in their careers, clinics, and communities.  

This online 30-credit program, designed by and for busy working OTRs, is completed over 5 semesters in 1.5 years. Three in-person weekends in Charleston, SC offer the opportunity for students to build community amongst their cohort and with the award-winning MUSC OT faculty.

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The program is delivered in an online format. Students complete the majority of their coursework online and attend several on-campus sessions over the course of five semesters. The course load was designed to be manageable for working professionals, with students taking just two classes per semester. 


  • Online
  • 3 intensive weekends at MUSC in Charleston, SC


  • 5 semesters
  • Total of 30 credits


  • Part-time
  • 2 classes per semester



  • Occupational Therapist Registered (OTR) credential.
  • MS in Occupational Therapy from an ACOTE accredited program

Application Deadline

  • April 15, 2023

Program Start

  • August 2023

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  • Semesters 1-2:  Core courses in advanced clinical practice, population health, academic teaching, and leadership.
  • Semesters 3-4: Electives in one’s desired specialty track, and the Capstone planning and proposal courses.
  • Semester 5: Implementation, completion and dissemination of the Capstone Project.

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Michelle Woodbury

Michelle L. Woodbury, Ph.D., OTR/L

Program Director
All program inquiries contact: | 843-792-1671

Amanda Giles

Amanda Giles, OTD, OTR/L

Associate Professor

Hazel Breland

Hazel L. Breland, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA

Associate Professor and Capstone Coordinator

Cristina Reyes Smith

Cristina Reyes Smith, OTD, OTR/L

Assistant Professor

Staff Support

Terri Bozzelli

Terri Bozzelli

Administrative Assistant

Natalie Plaehn 

Natalie Plaehn

Student Services Program Coordinator


The Post-Professional Occupational Therapy Doctorate maintains accreditation under the Medical University of South Carolina's accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, master's, and doctorate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of the Medical University of South Carolina.