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Doctor of Occupational Therapy

Obtain your OTD at RMU and help address the national need for qualified OTD’s

Top-Tier Faculty
Competitive Tuition
Focus on evidence-based practice
No relocation needed;
limited-residency program

The Post-Professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) degree program at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions is a 16-20 month, primarily online, post-professional program designed to enable students to continue meeting personal and professional obligations while pursuing their occupational therapy doctorate.

Focusing on evidence-based practice and professional development, the OTD program is for practicing occupational therapists who strive to become leaders in the delivery of health and human services.

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8 Elective Tracks

Advanced Practice. Focuses on research, clinical reasoning, best practices, and business-related aspects of practice. Students will learn to apply empirical evidence within occupational therapy practice and gain the knowledge and skills to successfully teach, advocate, lead, or practice.

Admin & Practice Management. Is for advanced occupational therapy practitioners who seek to obtain a leadership and practice management perspective by exploring evidence-based philosophy and key professional trends on leadership theories, organizational development, and financial management strategies.

Aging. Addresses the complex needs of senior populations. Doctoral occupational therapy candidates will consider evidence-based practices and principles with an added focus on the physical and psychosocial dimensions of aging, neuropathology, and degenerative disease.

Assistive Technology. Focuses on applying assistive technology for children and adults with disabilities across various environmental contexts. The program prepares graduates to implement and coordinate care through effective technology systems.

8 Elective Tracks

Behavioral & Mental Health. Prepares graduates to become behavioral and mental health service leaders by assisting clients in developing skills to enable participation and integration into schools, workplaces, and community settings.

Education. Focuses on occupational therapy education and learning. Students will explore aspects of adult learning, instructional design, and pedagogical methodology to be prepared to enter a variety of academic fields and contribute to the profession’s growing need for doctoral educators.

Hand Therapy. Prepares graduates for an advanced level of evidence-based practice specific to the upper extremities. Occupational hand therapy focuses on the treatment of orthopedic conditions to optimize arm and hand use through client-centered therapy to restore function and well-being.

Pediatrics. Prepares students for a future in neonatal, early intervention, or school-based practice in a variety of settings. Students will consider the unique occupational needs of infants, children, and youths, as well as the principles of physical, sensory, and cognitive impairment.


Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions (RMUoHP) was established in 1998 as a graduate healthcare education provider. Rocky Mountain University has a reputation for providing exceptional, high-quality, rigorous programs in a variety of healthcare professions.

The University is located in Provo, Utah, 45 minutes south of Salt Lake City at the western edge of the Rocky Mountains. RMUoHP is 15 miles away from the famous Sundance Ski Resort and 45 miles away from Park City, Utah.

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Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (8060 165th Avenue NE Ste 100, Redmond, WA 98052-3981), an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Secretary of the US Department of Education.

NOTE: The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) accredits OTA and entry-level degree programs in occupational therapy. There is currently no specialized accrediting body for post-professional occupational therapy programs.

The successful completion of the RMU OTD program has enabled many of our recent graduates to make significant contributions in the OT field and has propelled their careers to a higher level of success.

Our graduates have established impactful community-based programs, proposed and advocated for legislation at the national level, and secured influential seats on boards of local and state government-run programs. They have founded private practices, established programs linking clinics to entry-level academic programs to foster collaboration, and served in positions of leadership for AOTA, state associations, and licensure boards. Others are teaching and leading in entry-level or post-professional occupational therapy settings and publishing in peer-reviewed journals.

“Attending RMU was a professional life-altering experience. The OTD curriculum was challenging and instilled in me the ability and confidence to become a stronger educator and mentor in academia. As a practitioner, it provided me with discernment in ethics and the ability to advocate evidence-based practice. Since graduating as an OTD, I am actively writing a manual and have mentored MOT students in performing qualitative research. One if our research projects has been selected for presentation at the AOTA conference.”

-- Rita Troxtel, OTD, OTR/L

“RMUoHP provided me with a stellar OTD education that enhanced my ability to be an evidence-based practitioner and OT educator. This experience enabled me to grow professionally and personally while shaping my confidence. In addition to the amazing faculty, I developed close relationships with peers in my cohort. The rich, student-centered learning experience made my time at RMUoHP enjoyable and exciting. Although the majority of my class time was spent through online learning experience, I never felt alone. The on-campus visits were set-up scheduled in a way that made it easy for me to continue working my full-time job as an OTA program. I would encourage anyone to follow their dream of becoming an OTD. RMUoHP can certainly help you achieve your goals with a reasonable, high quality, and cost-effective education.”

-- Jennifer K. Renshaw, OTD, OTR/L

“Rocky Mountain University provided me with an amazing and enriching education. I am fully prepared to handle future challenges we can expect to face in the healthcare industry. I felt stagnant and behind in practice trends when I first began my journey. I am leaving, feeling renewed and confident. I am excited to share my knowledge of evidence-based practice and to inspire other occupational therapists to advance their careers as well. What an amazing journey.”

-- Candice Baker, OTD, OTR/L

“I took a seven-year gap in my career to raise my family, and when I returned, I sensed changes in the field of occupational therapy. I tried to “catch up” by attending continuing education courses and adjusting myself to my service delivery context. Finally, I realized I needed to intentionally re-invest in my career so that I could provide the best quality care for my clients. I am currently half way through my OTD program, and already I see a difference in the way I practice occupational therapy. I feel more confident, capable, and connected to the incredible field of occupational therapy. RMUoHP provides quality, fascinating, and challenging education for the occupational therapist who wants to feel and be competent in a rapidly changing world!”

-- Shelly Noel, OTR/L, CPAM

What does “Limited-Residency” mean?

The RMUoHP OTD program brings the best of online and residential learning together in its limited-residency model. In this model, instruction and coursework for the OTD program is conducted online, with the addition of students coming to campus for an average of four immersion days on campus during each of the first three semesters of the OTD program.

Our limited-residency model allows us to attract and retain the most qualified faculty and students from around the country. Because our students and faculty come to campus for only a select few days every semester, they can spend more time in their practice helping patients and applying new methodologies throughout their work.

No relocation needed;
limited-residency program
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