FAQs

How many credits will I complete in the program? The program is 115 credits.

How long will the program take to complete? The program is completed over eight (8) 15-week semesters.

Where are classes held? Classes will be held at the Resnick Campus (1165 Morris Park Avenue, Bronx, NY 10461).

Are all courses in-person? Yes, all courses will be in-person.

What days and times are classes held? Classes are held Monday-Thursday 9am-5pm. On Fridays, classes will be held from 9am-12pm (for makeup classes & seminars).

Can I work while studying in this program? No, this is a full-time program; the curriculum is very rigorous and requires significant work outside of classes.

Do I need a master’s degree to apply to this program? No. This is an entry-level doctorate program, and you may begin after completing your bachelor’s degree and all required prerequisite courses. Visit Admissions to learn more about admissions requirements.

What makes the OTD at the Katz School of Science and Health unique? The program focuses on community health and wellness by providing a hands-on, learning-through-doing experience. There is a focus on scholarship of practice and an outcomes mindset of creating quality practitioners that are market-ready for a wide variety of practice settings.

What does the fieldwork look like in this program? In the 1st semester, there will be didactic courses to introduce professional behavior and practice settings. In the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th semesters, students will complete 40 hours of observation over the course of one week. The 5th and 6th semesters will require completion of 960 hours of fieldwork at a minimum of 40 hours per week. This fieldwork can be done either within the country or internationally.

How do I apply? Visit the Admissions website for more information or to schedule an appointment with an admissions director.

Are there prerequisites? If so, what happens if I don’t have them? Yes, there are prerequisites. You can apply to the program if you are still completing outstanding prerequisites; however, your application will not be reviewed if you are missing more than two of these courses. Visit the Admissions website for more information or schedule an appointment with one our admissions directors to do a preliminary transcript review.

Do I need a specific undergraduate degree to attend the program? 

There is no required undergraduate degree so long as the prerequisites are completed. However, we commonly find individuals with backgrounds in kinesiology, social studies, psychology, and sociology working in the field of occupational therapy.

What is the cost to attend the program? The Office of Student Finance maintains current tuition and fees for all graduate programs: https://www.yu.edu/office-student-finance/otd-occupational-therapy.

Are there any additional costs other than the tuition and fees posted on the Office of Student Finance website? Yes, there will be additional costs for books, uniforms, a lab kit and CPR trainings. In some cases, fieldwork sites may require additional background checks, and there may be a nominal fee for biometric screening. Students are also required to have a laptop.

What types of academic, career, student support services do you provide? The Katz School organizes academic supports including academic and business English language courses; writing and math tutoring; and professional development workshops, lectures and events exclusively for its students. The University’s career center also provides a variety of services, including one-on-one appointments, resume and cover letter reviews, workshops, job fairs, and online resources to help with job searching and interviewing. In addition, Katz students can access all Yeshiva University services including disability services, counseling services, international student services, and more.

Who do I contact if I have more questions about the program? We invite you to contact Dr. van den Heever, the OTD Program Director: nicolaas.vandenheever@yu.edu with any questions about the program or the field of occupational therapy.