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New England Institute of Technology Offers New Doctoral Program

New England Institute of Technology Offers New Doctoral Program in Response to Societal Needs

By Larry Rondeau, Executive Producer, Discover Rhode Island

Program Brings Trained Therapists to Needed Field in just 12 Months

New England Institute of Technology’s first doctoral program, the Post-Professional Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (PP-OTD),  is designedto deliver advanced practitioners as well as highly trained researchers and teachers to a field that needs them in as little as 12 months for those students who enroll on a full-time basis.  Students can earn this degree online in 6-12 months less time than similar degrees at competing institutions.  Registered occupational therapists can focus their studies in the specific practice area that interests them the most.  This can provide highly-trained professionals to care for a growing population of seniors.  It also gives practicing occupational therapists a clear path to careers as educators or researchers.

This online doctoral program offers the flexibility needed by occupational therapists who have already earned their master’s degree in the field and are certified by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).

Dr. Douglas Sherman, Senior Vice President and Provost at New England Institute of Technologyin East Greenwich said, “We are very excited to add our first professional doctorate degree to our program offerings.  This represents a major milestone in our continued academic growth as a university. We have designed the PP-OTD program to meet the needs of practicing, registered occupational therapists who are looking for an advanced degree program that is flexible, cost effective and allows them to grow within their chosen profession.”

Students can complete the degree program without a required residency in a mere 12 months if they enroll full-time.  They can also complete it on a part-time basis.  All students will participate in successive 10-week academic terms in a highly supportive learning environment that allows them to study on their own schedules. Students can draw on their own unique knowledge base, the expertise of a mentor from New England Institute of Technology’saccomplished faculty and their classmates’ knowledge to expand their understanding of a chosen area in this vital field.  Class sizes are kept small (10 to 15 students) to help participants reap the greatest benefits.


“Terminal doctoral degrees are intended to expand one’s knowledge in their chosen profession by allowing the post-professional doctoral student a chanceto engage in rigorous inquiry in a given area of practice” according to Department Chair Carol Doehler, OTD, OTR/L, FAOTA.  “The doctoral degree at New England Institute of Technologyis crafted to meet the individualized goal of the post-professional doctoral student and its design makes this program unique to the student whose goal is to enhance their practice, advance their knowledge and develop further skills necessary for their future path.


Those seeking more information on this exciting new program can contact Lynn Fawthrop, Vice President of Enrollment Management at (800) 736-7744 x3315 or by email at   Theycan also visit the website at