Program Description

The Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) is an advanced post-professional degree for practicing occupational therapists who have a degree in occupational therapy. The mission of the OTD program is to graduate leaders in occupational therapy who are entrepreneurs in advancing practice and promoting health and participation at the individual, community, and societal levels. The OTD is an online program that will take approximately three years to complete. It is a combination of online classes, research, and professional rotation developed by the student in a specific area of interest - this is the capstone of the program.

State laws across the nation require universities to be authorized to legally deliver online education to students residing in states other than the home state of the institution. To view the list of states authorizing Loma Linda University online students, go to:

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Program Length

2+ years (9 quarters)

Possible Careers

Teaching, Administration, Research, Hospital settings, Community, School-based, private practice.

Application Deadlines

Quarter Application Open Priority Deadline Final Deadline
Summer of 2023 Jan 1, 2023 Jun 30, 2023
Autumn of 2023 Jan 1, 2023 Aug 1, 2023

Admissions Requirements

To be eligible for admission, the applicant must have the following:

1. A master’s degree in occupational therapy or a related field, from an accredited institution

2. Six months of professional practice preferred

3. Minimum GPA of 3.0 in graduate studies

4. Certified in occupational therapy in the United States, or an occupational therapy degree from a World Federation of Occupational Therapy (WFOT) approved program outside of the United States

5. Copy of current state license/certification in a US jurisdiction as a registered OT, and NBCOT certification if US applicant

6. Copy of current state licensure if US applicant, and country licensure and education verification if a foreign applicant


There are no specific courses required. Please reference the Admissions Requirements.

Discipline Accrediting Agency

Loma Linda University is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501; telephone: (510) 748-9001.
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Loma Linda University educates and encourages a balanced life by living our values of humility, compassion, justice, integrity, excellence, freedom and self- control. You will be surrounded by faculty who are committed to healthcare innovation and research while engaging your spirituality.

Expected Cost of Attendance

Academic Year 2023-2024

Year of Program: Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
Tuition $13,410 $17,880 $8,195
Books & Supplies $1,100 $700 $500
Misc (e.g., Boards, Licensing exam, Uniforms)
Total $14,510 $18,580 $8,695


The cost of attendance varies from year to year. Please contact the office of Student Finance for up-to-date costs.

Estimated Living Expenses

Academic Year 2023-2024, off campus, with a roommate

Year of Program: Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
Months enrolled 9 12 6
Room & Board $15,885 $18,974 $8,384
Transportation $3,150 $3,763 $1,663
Personal Expenses $2,250 $2,688 $1,188


  • Amounts are what a student can apply to borrow for the number of months shown in each academic year based on living off campus with a roommate and not with a relative.
  • International students need to calculate 12 months of living expenses based on the numbers listed here.
  • In general, to qualify for financial aid a student must be enrolled at least half time taking degree requirements. Half time is 6 units in a quarter for undergraduate programs and 4 units in a quarter for graduate programs.