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The Doctor of Clinical Science (CScD) in Occupational Therapy is an advanced degree housed within the Department of Occupational Therapy.

The post-professional online Doctor of Clinical Science (CScD) in Occupational Therapy (OT) program advances your knowledge of today’s complex health care environment to the next level so you can help create the best possible experiences for your clients. Through Pitt’s CScD in OT program, you’ll be trained in clinical specialization, innovative educational methods and technologies, health care policy and advocacy and professional leadership. Offered on a part-time basis, our online courses are designed to fit your busy lifestyle. Become empowered to implement real change and transform clinical practice today.

Students enrolled in the online CScD in OT degree program will also receive the Advanced Practice Certificate in Implementation of Evidence in Clinical Practice, the only one of its kind offered by a post-professional clinical science doctorate in occupational therapy program.

Program Summary
72 credits (30 master’s-level transfer credits accepted)
Minimum of 28 months to complete
Program starts fall and spring terms

Advance Your education. Advance Your Career. Advance the Field.

Today’s occupational therapists need advanced training to support clinical specialization, clinical education and professional leadership.

  • The rapidly increasing and changing knowledge base, as well as greater independence in clinical practice, requires more advanced and in-depth knowledge.
  • The emergence of new models of care, with concomitant rising consumer concerns, has forced a change in the practice of occupational therapy, necessitating more rigorous plans of study with increased clinical focus and exposure.
  • The profession has a high demand for highly qualified occupational therapy practitioners in a variety of specialty areas, as well as the critical need for doctorally prepared faculty nationwide.
  • The evolving changes in health care systems need occupational therapy professionals who understand the increasing complexity of health care delivery which, in turn, requires additional leadership and management skills.

If you have questions or would like to learn more about the curriculum, reach out to an enrollment advisor at any time at or (412) 930-4036.