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  • Occupational Therapy

    • Bruce Hall, Room 110
    • tel: 610-499-4372
    • fax: 610-499-4277
  • Wendy Wachter-Schutz, OTD, MS, OTR/L

Doctor of Occupational Therapy

Why Widener?

The OTD program engages students in dynamic experiential learning methodologies, student-faculty scholarship activities, intentioned personal interactions, facilitated leadership opportunities, and service activities in the culturally diverse local community throughout the curriculum.

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Achieve Your Career Goals Faster

Widener OTD students can complete the professional, full-time day program in three years. The program only requires 111 credits for degree completion for students starting in the summer semester.

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Faculty Mentorship & Interprofessional Learning

At Widener, you won’t just learn from industry experts, you’ll build relationships with them as they support and prepare you for career success. In addition, students and faculty will connect interprofessionally across the physical therapy, human sexuality, social work, clinical psychology, and education departments through shared academic and experiential opportunities supporting a holistic approach to client care.


Clinical Experiences

At Widener, you can expect a meaningful education with unique clinical experiences including working with diverse and underserved local communities through the student-run community therapy clinic as well as opportunities to serve and participate in other community-based clinics established and conducted by a variety of other Widener programs in the School of Human Service Professions.

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Where You Learn Matters

Widener University is located 15 minutes from Philadelphia on a picturesque campus that features quality classroom and clinical facilities, pairing a quality learning environment with access to limitless health care networks and opportunities.



Widener Students Help Patient Walk Again

In Widener’s student-run, pro bono Chester Community Physical Therapy Clinic, occupational and physical therapy students are helping patients like William Beachem regain their mobility and restore their lives.

Areas of Specialization

Occupational therapists may specialize in a variety of different areas including:

  • Gerontology
  • Mental Health & Psychiatry
  • Pediatrics
  • Physical Rehabilitation
  • Driving and Community Mobility
  • Environmental Modification
  • Feeding, Eating, and Swallowing
  • Low Vision
  • School Systems

Potential Employers

  • Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • School District of Philadelphia
  • Fox Rehabilitation
  • Einstein Healthcare Network
  • Main Line Health
  • Crozier Medical Center
  • Austill’s Rehabilitation Services Inc.
  • EBS Healthcare
  • Delaware County Intermediate Unit
  • Good Shepard/Penn Partners

ACOTE accreditation logoThe entry-level occupational therapy doctoral degree program has applied for accreditation and has been granted Candidacy Status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is


The program must have a pre-accreditation review, complete an on-site evaluation, and be granted Accreditation Status before its graduates will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT®). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.