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The Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) Program prepares students to become occupational therapists. The program is designed to develop the next generation of doctoral trained occupational therapists who will be able to rigorously implement evidence-based practice, understand care delivery models, and be prepared to meet the future occupational needs of society. Students will develop the skills needed to assume leadership roles within health and health care delivery systems. The OTD curriculum includes course objectives and learning activities that prepare students beyond the generalist level of an occupational therapist in practice skills, research skills, administration, professional development, leadership, advocacy and theory.

Students practice transfer techniques using simulated mannequins at the Peter M. Winter Institute for Simulation Education and Research (WISER) center

OT Ranking

Pitt's OT program is currently ranked 4th in the nation based on the most recent surveys of Best Graduate Schools by U.S. News & World Report

Why Choose Pitt OT?

Aside from being highly ranked, here are some other reasons to study Occupational Therapy at Pitt!

Students check the fit of a custom fabricated orthotic device during their splinting class


Learn more about the structure of Pitt's three-year OTD program.

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Students must have a Bachelor's degree to apply to the OTD program. View a list of OTD admission requirements, application instructions and information about the review process.

OT Student watches patient complete dexterity test


Review the OTD three-year program curriculum and plan of study - an integration of didactic and fieldwork experience. 

OT student and faculty help patient reach items safely on a shelf using assistive device


View detailed information on the OTD fieldwork requirements where students gain valuable hands-on experiences.

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Program Outcomes

The Pitt OT Department has a long tradition of producing excellent program outcomes.   

  • 4th
    Ranked OT program in the Nation