Program Description

The Post-Professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy (PP-OTD) is an advanced post-professional degree for practicing occupational therapists who have a degree in occupational therapy. The mission of the PP-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 PP-OTD is an online program that will take approximately two 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 2024 Jan 1, 2024 Jul 1, 2024
Autumn of 2024 Jan 1, 2024 Aug 1, 2024

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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Expected Cost of Attendance

The following estimated cost of attendance is based on full-time attendance for the number of months enrolled per academic year. Estimated amounts may vary based on a number of factors. Students may use these estimates when applying for financial aid.

Required Program Costs

Academic Year 2024-2025

Year of Program
Months Enrolled
Year 1
Year 2
Year 3
Tuition & Fees $13,410 $20,110 $9,310
Books, Materials, Supplies & Equipment Allowance
(May or may not be purchased through the school)
$1,100 $700 $500

Other Educational Costs

Non-required costs that can be funded with scholarships/loans.

Year of Program
Months Enrolled
Year 1
Year 2
Year 3
Living Expense (Food & Housing Allowance)
Students will be assigned one of the following Living Expense Budget Options:
  • On Campus Dorm
  • $11,835 $15,780 $7,890
  • LLU Owned Rental Property
  • $18,900 $25,200 $12,600
  • LLU Owned Rental w/ Dependents
  • $19,800 $26,400 $13,200
  • Undergraduate Dependent w/ Parents
  • $7,200 $9,600 $4,800
  • Off Campus
  • $18,900 $25,200 $12,600
    Transportation Allowance $3,150 $3,763 $1,663
    Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $3,150 $3,763 $1,663
    Federal Student Loan Fees $217 $217 $217
    Cost of Obtaining Professional License 0 0 0
    Dependent Care
    (See Budget Revision Request form)
    Available upon Request
    Disability-Related Expenses
    (See Budget Revision Request form)
    Available upon Request


    The cost of attendance varies from year to year. Please contact the office of Student Finance for up-to-date costs.
    • Estimated amounts are for the academic year specified only. Amounts are based on full-time attendance for the number of months enrolled per academic year. International students need to calculate 12 months of living expenses based on these amounts.
    • Amounts are expected to increase each year consistent with inflation in the professional education sector.
    • To qualify for financial aid, most students must be enrolled at least half time in an aid eligible program and be taking degree requirements. Half time is 6 units in a quarter for undergraduate programs and 4 units in a quarter for graduate programs.