Online Post Professional Occupational Therapy Doctorate

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Change what’s possible in your occupational therapy career!

About the Program

The online Post-Professional Occupational Therapy Doctorate (PPOTD) is an advanced clinical degree for occupational therapists with a desire to achieve their educational and professional goals.

Through meaningful, engaging coursework you will advance your leadership skills, expand your understanding of population health, increase your ability to rigorously implement evidence-based practice, and grow your instructional skills for teaching in educational, professional and community settings.


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The program is delivered in an online/hybrid 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, 2021

Program Start

  • August 2021

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  • Semesters 1-2: Core courses: Advanced Clinical Outcomes, Building Academic Teaching Skills, Advanced Leadership and Management, and Population-Based Health
  • Semesters 3-4: Choose electives and design an independent study in your desired specialty track.
  • Semester 4: Scholarship in Occupational Therapy to finalize design of your Doctoral Experiential project.
  • Semester 5: Complete and present your Doctoral Experiential 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

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Craig Velozo, Ph.D., OTR/L

Division Director and Professor

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.