Doctor of Occupational Therapy

You became an occupational therapist to help people lead fulfilling lives. Now, you’re ready to elevate your practice, engage in the betterment of the profession and step up as a leader in your field.

OT students practicing handwashing with patient in wheelchair

The Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) degree engages practicing occupational therapists in leadership for advanced roles as master practitioner, advocate for clients and populations, and occupational therapy educator. Our program is designed for part-time enrollment allowing you to stay active in the profession while integrating learning activities into clinical practice.

Our curriculum consists of two components, core coursework and individually mentored professional development in an area of specialization. Students enroll for 6-7 credit-hours per semester, and typically complete their degree within 5-6 semesters. Faculty mentors are located at the Denton, Dallas and Houston campuses. Courses are conducted primarily online with one or two campus visits per semester that rotate between the Dallas and Houston centers.

Program requirements

 The OTD program requires 33 credit hours for completion — 27 hours of core requirements and 6 elective credit hours, including a doctoral capstone project completed under the tutelage of a faculty mentor. A full listing of required courses is available in the graduate catalog. Curriculum requirements include: 

  • Core courses (12 credits)
  • Mentored Professional Development (9 credits)
  • Applied Research and Evidenced-Based Practice (6 credits)
  • Electives to support specialization (6 credits)

Admission Requirements

Admission to the TWU Graduate School

When you apply to the TWU Graduate School, we will evaluate your academic achievement and preparation, as well as your standardized test scores if required. All students must meet the University requirements as outlined in the Admissions to the TWU Graduate School. In addition, most graduate programs have additional admission requirements that must be completed. These requirements can be found on each graduate program website. After acceptance, you will need to begin your program within one year, unless a deferral has been approved by the program.

Check out the links below for specific admissions information:

*Admission to the Doctor of Occupational Therapy

Program Contact

Dr. Patricia Bowyer
Professor and Coordinator of Post Professional Programs

Admission Deadlines

Applications are accepted at any time, but best consideration will be given to those received by April 15 prior to the desired Summer or Fall start date.  Admission to our graduate programs are competitive.  Applicants must complete all steps in order to be considered for admission.

Admission Requirements

  • Current occupational therapy license or registration
  • Master level degree
  • 3.2 minimum GPA in master level work
  • Original score report from the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) taken within 10 years of application date. This requirement is temporarily suspended in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Satisfactory English language proficiency score (if applicable)

How to Apply

  1. Apply for admission to the TWU Graduate School.
  2. Take the GRE General Test and submit your GRE scores to TWU (Code 6826). This requirement is temporarily suspended in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  3. Complete the Doctor of Occupational Therapy Application (PDF) and submit along with current resume to
  4. Interview.
  5. Complete a Faculty Mentor Agreement.

Technology Requirements for the Program 

Next steps

Apply today

Candidates for admission to the OTD program must have a current occupational therapy license and are required to meet the general requirements for graduate admission, as well as the School of OT's requirements for OTD program admissions.

Application deadlines

Applications are accepted at any time, but best consideration can be given to those received by April 15 prior to the desired Summer or Fall start-date.

Contact us

For additional information, please contact Patricia Bowyer, OTR, EdD, Professor and Coordinator of Post-professional Programs.

Page last updated 12:39 PM, March 26, 2020