Occupational Therapy Doctorate

This program is effective for Fall, 2021.

OTD-501Occupation and Adaptation Across the Lifespan3
OTD-502The Neuroscience of Occupational Performance3
OTD-503Professional Seminar1
OTD-504Research for Evidence-Based Practice2
OTD-505Principles of Practice I: Therapeutic Use of Self and Group Dynamics4
OTD-506Movement in Occupation3
OTD-507Clinical Medicine2
OTD-508Ethics, Professional Communication and Advocacy2
OTD-509Community Practice: Health Promotion and Wellness2
OTD-510Population Health2
OTD-511Principles of Practice II: Psychosocial Occupational Therapy4
OTD-512Cognition Across the Lifespan2
OTD-513Contemporary Social Issues in Practice, Justice and Occupation 2
OTD-514Quantitative Methods in Occupational Therapy Research2
OTD-515Sensory Modulation Across the Lifespan1
OTD-516Qualitative and Mixed Methods in Occupational Therapy2
OTD-517Mindful Practice and Wellness I1
OTD-601Principles of Practice III: Adult Occupational Therapy4
OTD-602Current Issues in Practice: Adulthood and Aging2
OTD-603Community Living Supports2
OTD-604Occupation and Upper Extremity Rehabilitation2
OTD-605Principles of Practice IV: Pediatric Occupational Therapy4
OTD-606Contemporary Issues: School-Based Consultation and Intervention2
OTD-607Management and Supervision of Occupational Therapy Services3
OTD-608Mindfulness Practice and Wellness II1
OTD-609Mentored Scholarship2
OTD-610Fieldwork Seminar1
OTD-611Professional Portfolio/ Capstone Project I1
OTD-700AFieldwork Level IIA6
OTD-700BFieldwork Level IIB6
OTD-701Professional Portfolio/Capstone Project II1
OTD-702Doctoral Practice in Occupational Therapy2
OTD-703Quality Improvement in Occupational Therapy Service Delivery3
OTD-704Advance Practice in OT: Borders and Barriers2
OTD-705Advanced Leadership in Occupational Therapy3
OTD-706Academic Practice in Occupational Therapy2
OTD-707Professional Portfolio/Capstone Project III1
OTD-708Entrepreneurship in Occupational Therapy3
OTD-709Pre-Doctoral Capstone Experience Seminar1
OTD-710Decision Models and Financial Analysis in Occupational Therapy Practice3
OTD-711Doctoral Capstone Experience8
OTD-712Professional Portfolio/ Capstone Project IV2
Total Credits105

Please refer to Monmouth University's accreditation page in this catalog for details concerning the accreditation of this program.

Post-Baccalaureate OTD Course Sequence

First Year
SUMMEROTD-504 Research for Evidence-Based Practice2OTD-511 Principles of Practice II: Psychosocial Occupational Therapy4
OTD-501 Occupation and Adaptation Across the Lifespan3OTD-505 Principles of Practice I: Therapeutic Use of Self and Group Dynamics4OTD-512 Cognition Across the Lifespan2
OTD-502 The Neuroscience of Occupational Performance3OTD-506 Movement in Occupation3OTD-513 Contemporary Social Issues in Practice, Justice and Occupation 2
OTD-503 Professional Seminar1OTD-507 Clinical Medicine2OTD-514 Quantitative Methods in Occupational Therapy Research2
 OTD-508 Ethics, Professional Communication and Advocacy2OTD-515 Sensory Modulation Across the Lifespan1
 OTD-509 Community Practice: Health Promotion and Wellness2OTD-516 Qualitative and Mixed Methods in Occupational Therapy2
 OTD-510 Population Health2OTD-517 Mindful Practice and Wellness I1
Semester Credits7Semester Credits17Semester Credits14
Second Year
SUMMEROTD-605 Principles of Practice IV: Pediatric Occupational Therapy4OTD-700A Fieldwork Level IIA6
OTD-601 Principles of Practice III: Adult Occupational Therapy4OTD-606 Contemporary Issues: School-Based Consultation and Intervention2OTD-700B Fieldwork Level IIB6
OTD-602 Current Issues in Practice: Adulthood and Aging2OTD-607 Management and Supervision of Occupational Therapy Services3 
OTD-603 Community Living Supports2OTD-608 Mindfulness Practice and Wellness II1 
OTD-604 Occupation and Upper Extremity Rehabilitation2OTD-609 Mentored Scholarship2 
 OTD-610 Fieldwork Seminar1 
 OTD-611 Professional Portfolio/ Capstone Project I1 
Semester Credits10Semester Credits14Semester Credits12
Third Year
SUMMEROTD-704 Advance Practice in OT: Borders and Barriers2OTD-711 Doctoral Capstone Experience8
OTD-701 Professional Portfolio/Capstone Project II1OTD-705 Advanced Leadership in Occupational Therapy3OTD-712 Professional Portfolio/ Capstone Project IV2
OTD-702 Doctoral Practice in Occupational Therapy2OTD-706 Academic Practice in Occupational Therapy2 
OTD-703 Quality Improvement in Occupational Therapy Service Delivery3OTD-707 Professional Portfolio/Capstone Project III1 
 OTD-708 Entrepreneurship in Occupational Therapy3 
 OTD-709 Pre-Doctoral Capstone Experience Seminar1 
 OTD-710 Decision Models and Financial Analysis in Occupational Therapy Practice3 
Semester Credits6Semester Credits15Semester Credits10
Total Credits 105

Applicants are evaluated for admission based on academic preparation; quality of references; insightful goals in personal statement; successful completion of observation hours and academic prerequisites; work and service activities; Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score.

Admission Requirements:

  1. Bachelor's Degree - A bachelor's degree (or US equivalent) must be completed at the time of application or completed by the time the program begins at the end of May/beginning of June. A degree in any area of study will be accepted.
  2. GPA - At least a 3.0 cumulative GPA as well as in the prerequisite courses. (Note: All completed courses will be used in the GPA calculated by OTCAS.)
  3. Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE) - Competitive applicants will score in at least the 35th percentile on the MAT and at least 152 on Verbal, 150 on Quantitative, and 4.0 on Analytical Writing on the GRE. (Test codes needed at time of test for scores to be submitted to OTCAS: MAT = 1399; GRE = 2416)
  4. Observation Hours – 60 hours of observation in a minimum of two practice settings must be completed prior to admission to the program. Examples of settings are: adults, geriatrics, pediatric, wellness, LTC, hospitals, community centers, primary care, etc. An OT Observation Form will be provided to complete for each site observed.
  5. Completion of Pre-requisites - Completion of all pre-requisites with a grade of B or better. Competitive applicants will have no more than two outstanding prerequisite courses, including courses in progress, at the time of application. Applicants with outstanding prerequisite courses that are not shown as "in progress" on the OTCAS application, must submit a Word document outlining the completion plan to ot@monmouth.edu. All incomplete prerequisite courses and observation hours must be completed by the time the program begins.
  6. Quality References - Three references are required and can be from academic advisors, licensed occupational therapists, and/or work managers. At least one reference must be from a licensed OT.
  7. Criminal Background Check - Required of all admitted students. Must have prior to first day of class.
  8. Technical Standards: Occupational Therapy Program Essential Skills and Standards Acknowledgement

Admission Requirements: International Students

  • In addition to the admission requirements aforementioned, international applicants must be a permanent resident or eligible for an F-1 visa.
  • Required English proficiency test - an official English proficiency score report meeting the University requirements is required for non-native English-speaking applicants in addition to the Miller Analogies Test (MAT). The required scores are found on the Graduate Application Requirements page of the Monmouth University Web site.
  • International applicants must submit to OTCAS an official course-by-course transcript evaluation completed by one of the member organizations of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). Please visit NACES.org for a list of those participating organizations. Note that each organization will have its own instructions on how to submit required documents for evaluation. The evaluation must also show that a bachelor’s degree equivalent to one in the United States has been earned.


  • Anatomy & Physiology I with Lab (Course must be at least 200): 4 cr
  • Anatomy & Physiology II with Lab (Course must be at least 200): 4 cr
  • Lifespan or Human Development OR three courses to include Childhood, Adolescent and Adult Development OR courses that cover the Lifespan Development: 3 cr
  • Cultural Ideas and/or Global Perspectives (any course in one of the following areas: world religions, gender studies, sociology, anthropology): 3 cr
  • Abnormal Psychology: 3 cr
  • Statistics: 3 cr
  • English Composition or Technical Writing: 3 cr
  • Ethics, Philosophy or Anthropology or Theology: 3 cr
  • Medical Terminology: 1-3 cr

**All courses must be completed within five years of application to the program.