University of Wisconsin–Madison

Doctor of Occupational Therapy

Why a Post-professional OTD?


Market demands for occupational therapy practitioners and health service managers is growing rapidly. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 23% increase in available positions for health service managers over the next decade. Moving the profession forward requires skills in leadership, advocacy, inter-professional practice and research translation. Occupational therapy needs practitioners who will:

  • Be innovative entrepreneurs
  • Train emerging professionals in the classroom and at clinical sites,
  • Apply evidence in support of practice interventions,
  • Fill gaps in health care leadership and management,
  • Respond to policy initiatives
  • Design innovative programs

Could this be you?

The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Post-professional OTD is designed for therapists seeking to advance their career and become a leader in the field. Through flexible online learning designed to meet your personal and professional needs, you can retool for visionary leadership in inter-professional practice settings. Our exceptional faculty will guide and support you as you set professional goals and strive to meet them. This part-time, accessible program enables you to continue working and to advance your career simultaneously.

Built on UW-Madison’s 75-year history of training outstanding occupational therapists at the bachelor’s and master’s levels, the Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) degree program will continue our tradition of excellence. You will have opportunities to engage in inter-professional collaborations to address urgent and complex problems related to health, daily functioning and well-being. You will bring current practice problems to the learning environment, work with peers and faculty to generate strategies and solutions, and apply newly acquired knowledge in your place of employment, your professional activities, or through engagement in the global community.

Through March, we give priority consideration to applications for our class entering in Summer. Learn more about the application process.