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Professional Doctorate of Occupational Therapy

Subjects overview

This program can be completed in 4 years (12 semesters)

Required subjects

Students will have completed one hundred and twenty credit points (120CP) in eight (8) subjects within the Master of Occupational Therapy program, which are credited upon conversion into the Professional Doctorate of Occupational Therapy program.


This doctoral-level capstone internship will be completed in either the third or fourth year and is designed to develop advanced research skills in one or more of the following occupational therapy practice areas: clinical skills, research translation, administration, leadership, program and policy development, advocacy, education, or theory development. Under the supervision of an academic mentor and in collaboration with an industry partner, students will engage in an independent scholarly study that meets personal learning objectives and makes a contribution to new knowledge in the field. The duration of the capstone doctoral internship is a minimum of 14 weeks (560 hours) and provides the foundation for subsequent development of a doctoral thesis.


During candidature for the Professional Doctorate of Occupational Therapy, the candidate must prepare a doctoral-level thesis which represents a significant contribution to the knowledge or understanding of an aspect of occupational therapy and demonstrates the capacity of the student to carry out independent research at a doctoral level and generate new knowledge.

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