Professional Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (OTD) | Chatham University, Pittsburgh, PA

Chatham University

Professional Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (OTD)

Now accepting applications for Spring 2019 and Fall 2019

We recommend that students submit their application as soon as possible as space in our cohort program is limited.

Chatham University offers students the opportunity to earn a Professional Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (OTD). This low-residency program is for occupational therapy clinicians and/or academicians who want to enhance their careers and advance to professional leadership.

Experienced occupational therapists who hold a bachelor degree in Occupational Therapy, but not a master's degree, can enroll in the Bachelor to OTD bridge option.


AOTA & Chatham's Partner Tuition Discount Program

Chatham offers a generous tuition reduction for members of AOTA and several state occupational therapy associations as well as full-time employees of companies participating in our Corporate & Strategic Partner ProgramThis benefit reduces the per-credit tuition rate by 20% for the duration of the program and makes our post-professional OTD one of the most affordable options. Contact us today to learn more »


OTD Program Structure

The OTD program is completed in 16 months on a part-time basis. Students will take two classes at a time, allowing the OT clinician or academician to maintain their work status. It is our aim that the student can balance life commitments and effectively engage in new learning.


OTD Capstone Projects Presented at Peer Reviewed Conferences

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Melanie Criss, OTD '11

Melanie Criss, OTD '11

Capstone Poster presented at AOTA Conference, Baltimore, MD.

This capstone project integrated existing literature in the area of telerehabilitation and the knowledge and skills of the occupational therapy practitioner to evaluate the effectiveness of the use of telerehabilitation in facilitating improvements in handwriting performance for children with fine motor or visual motor deficits.

Beverly St. Pierre, OTD '12

Beverly St. Pierre, OTD '12

Capstone Poster presented at AOTA Education Summit, Atlanta, GA.

The purpose of this evidence-based occupational therapy project was to improve graduate student academic stress coping strategies in order to improve overall student well-being.

Andrea Christner, OTD '13

Andrea Christner, OTD '13

Capstone Poster presented at AOTA Conference, Baltimore, MD.

The purpose of this evidence-based project was to provide a professional development opportunity for elementary-level public educators to enhance the awareness of school-based OT services. Through this professional development, the overarching goal was to promote a collaborative approach when supporting student participation in daily learning tasks.

Melanie Wheeler, OTD '13

Melanie Wheeler, OTD '13

Capstone Poster presented at AOTA Conference, Baltimore, MD.

The central goal of this evidence-based occupational therapy project was to evaluate the effectiveness of infusing a multisensory writing curriculum, specifically Handwriting Without Tears - Get Set for School Program, into a specialized preschool to improve student's prewriting abilities via a population-based therapy approach.

Wendy Wachter-Schutz, OTD '13

Wendy Wachter-Schutz, OTD '13

Capstone Poster presented at AOTA Education Summit, Atlanta, GA.

This evidence based capstone project examines the effects that Readiness Assessment Tests (RATs) have on graduate occupational therapy students' understanding of key academic concepts. This project evaluated the student's perceptions of the RATs to increase their knowledge of key academic concepts and if they encouraged students to complete assigned readings, be better prepared for class and had an increase in their participation in class during application learning activities.