Doctor of Occupational Therapy - Post Professional

The post-professional Occupational Therapy Doctorate is an online academic program designed for working occupational therapists with a master’s degree. Through meaningful, engaging coursework students will advance their leadership skills, expand their understanding of population health, increase their ability to rigorously implement evidence-based practice, and grow their instructional skills for teaching in educational, professional and community settings. The program is 30-credits over 5 semesters, part time with 2 online classes per semester, requires 3 intensive in-person weekends at MUSC, and embraces a cohort model to foster community and shared learning. 

Requirements

Applicants admitted to the program will be selected from college and university students who have completed a master’s degree in occupational therapy. Occupational therapists with a baccalaureate degree in occupational therapy and master’s degree in another field will be eligible to enroll, unless it is determined that their master’s program has not prepared them adequately for the OTD program content. This will be determined on a case-by-case review of applicants.

The program is currently not accepting applicants with only a baccalaureate degree in OT. For future application cycles, the program will determine requirements for applicants with a baccalaureate degree in OT.

International Applicants

MUSC’s OT degree program is unable to admit international students requiring an F-1 visa. Applications will only be accepted from U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or those holding other valid nonimmigrant visa classifications that allow participation in lawful study while in the United States.

Application Process

In addition to the application itself the applicant must complete supplemental reference materials specific to the program to which they are applying. These forms are available in PDF format within the application and are also sent through email once an application is submitted. Applicants are required to submit official transcripts from each post-secondary school attended and all materials must be received by the application deadline.

Use of Marijuana and/or CBD Products

Marijuana is a Schedule 1 drug and is illegal to purchase in South Carolina. Apart from a narrow and limited scope of codified/documented medical exceptions, it is illegal for individuals to use marijuana/tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)  in South Carolina. Although cannabidiol (CBD) products may be purchased and used in South Carolina, please be aware that CBD products may contain higher levels of THC than represented on packaging and use of CBD products can result in a positive drug screen for THC/marijuana.  Be aware that current drug testing methods cannot accurately ascertain the origins of THC metabolites (i.e., whether from marijuana or CBD products). Your academic program has the authority to conduct random and/or scheduled drug testing; if your test result is reported as positive for THC metabolites (even if you only used a CBD product), your ability to be accepted into the program, progress in the program, and/or successfully complete the program may be negatively impacted.  

Application Deadline

Start Term Application Type Available Deadline
Fall 2021 Regular July 1, 2020 April 15, 2021