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Occupational Therapy Doctorate in NYC

115 credits  |  Doctorate  |  Full-time  |  On Campus  | New York City

Get an Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) from a world-class university. Demand for qualified occupational therapists is growing fast. With YU’s hands-on, entry-level OTD, you’ll graduate in under 3 years with the expertise to help clients gain greater independence and confidence in performing the tasks of everyday living. 

Occupational therapists help clients improve their quality of life, health and wellness, and connection to community. Through clinical practice, education and research, as well as program and policy development, OTs help clients advocate for themselves. The Katz School’s entry-level Occupational Therapy Doctorate will prepare you for a lifetime of helping people. The OTD program integrates theory, research and practice, combining interactive courses with hands-on, state-of-the-art labs and fieldwork in a variety of clinical settings.

Through a student-practitioner approach, you’ll work alongside faculty and learn to translate research into evidence-based interventions, new diagnostics and protocols—all with a focus on client-centered care; health prevention, promotion and wellness; community health; and cross-cultural competency. And you’ll develop the professional competencies and ethical compass to engage in policy development, leadership and advocacy, and occupational justice.

This is a great time to be working in the occupational therapy field. Occupational therapist is ranked 10th in U.S. News & World Report's Top Health Care Jobs of 2021 and ranked 19th in U.S. News' Top 100 Jobs of 2021. Occupational therapy assistant is ranked 12th in the Top Health Care Support Jobs of 2021. Occupational therapists make on average $85,000 and occupational therapist assistants make $61,500.

  • Master the OT therapeutic process of evaluation, intervention and assessment.
  • Design assistive and adaptive technologies to help clients adapt to their environment and improve functional independence.
  • Develop community programs and improve engagement in a variety of nontraditional and emerging practice settings.
  • Integrate OT into an interprofessional health care team.
  • Build relationships with top clinical directors throughout New York and across the United States in competitive fieldwork placements.
  • Practice in state-of-the-art OT labs, including activities of daily living, modalities and neurosensory integration.