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

Become Empowered with Pitt's Unique Online Degree and Certificate

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. 

What You'll Learn

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. The online CScD in Occupational Therapy program is designed to prepare eligible or already credentialed or licensed individuals to practice clinically with competencies above and beyond those expected of entry-level professionals. These students develop advanced skills to identify and implement evidence in clinical practice, as well as professional communication, leadership and clinical teaching skills. This program provides a foundation for moving into leadership positions in clinical, community and educational settings.  

Certificate Information

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
Design, implementation and completion of a personal capstone project

*Applicants may have the opportunity to transfer up to 30 credits of master's-level coursework to the CScD in Occupational Therapy program, lowering the required number of credits to earn the CScD in Occupational Therapy degree to 42 credits. This is subject to the university’s approval. 

Learn more about the program format:

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