Is the OTD a PhD?

No. The OTD is a clinical, practice-oriented doctorate for the advanced clinician. Our OTD program requires you to prepare a professional portfolio. The PhD is a research degree for individuals pursuing a research and/or an academic career and requires students to complete a scholarly dissertation. The Department of Occupational Therapy offers a PhD program for those who wish to pursue a rigorous program of research and scholarship in preparation for such a career.