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Post-Professional Doctoral Program

Recent graduates with Dr. Sharan Schwartzberg

The Post-Professional Occupational Therapy Doctoral (PPOTD) program at Tufts prepares occupational therapists to fulfill leadership roles that will make an impact on individuals and groups in society and the world in such areas as health, functioning, wellness, and quality of life. Graduates of the program will be prepared to implement leadership projects and disseminate results.

Program Details

  • Students will complete a total of 30 credit hour units.
  • Students entering the PPOTD should have a specific area of focus in mind when applying. 
  • The PPOTD curriculum allows students to develop, build and disseminate a leadership project based on this particular area of focus. 
  • Research and outcomes based courses will guide students.
  • The Post-Professsional OTD program can be completed on a full-time or part-time basis.
  • Only students completing the program with full-time status are eligible for tuition scholarships.
  • The pro-seminar course is required for EACH semester enrolled in the program for both part-time and full-time students. One fall Pro-Sem 297 and one Spring Pro-Sem 298 taken for 2 SHU each; other enrolled semesters, 0 SHU each time.
  • Part-time students must complete the program within five calendar years.


  • Registered occupational therapists or candidates who are eligible for NBCOT Certification. Those not credentialed in occupational therapy at entry will be given provisional acceptance. NBCOT credentialing before entry into the PPOTD is strongly recommended.
  • A bachelor's or master's degree in occupational therapy. Candidates may apply while in a degree program, but must satisfactorily complete all occupational therapy coursework and fieldwork before matriculating into the PPOTD program.
  • Candidates with a bachelor's degree in OT must first satisfactorily complete their master's degree before admission into the PPOTD program. This requirement can be satisfied by completion of Tufts post-professional master's degree program in occupational therapy.
  • Contact Jill Rocca to determine your eligibility for the PPOTD program.

Please use the following essay questions for your personal statement when applying: (4 page double spaced max)

  1. What are your plans for graduate study as related to your future career as a leader in occupational therapy? Please address your specialty focus.
  2. The Leadership Project is an important part of the OTD program. Please indicate your current ideas about your project.
  3. In what ways do your academic background and recent professional experience point to your potential for success as a doctoral student and as a leader in occupational therapy? Please give specific examples of relevant coursework and/or experience.
  4. Is there any further information we should consider in assessing your candidacy?
OT student working with patient

286 Leadership Project Planning

Students under advisement of faculty sponsors plan and develop, in an area of specialty in occupational therapy practice, a comprehensive leadership project that can be either community or clinically based.

The project involves a need assessment and feasibility study, interfacing with potential agencies, and the development of appropriate methodology for evaluation and successful implementation. The project proposal must be approved by a committee of the doctoral faculty.

One-half course credit
Prerequiste: OTD students only
Co-requisites: OTS 208 and 288