Virginia Commonwealth University

What Our Graduates Say

Hear what our OTD graduates say about the program:

The OTD program has challenged me to raise the bar of clinical practice excellence through the application of advanced critical thinking, research based practice and up-to-date theory. As a practicing clinician it has changed my view on how I approach my therapy practice and has renewed my commitment to the profession of occupational therapy. Sheri Michel, OTD, OTR/L

Being enrolled in the OTD program at VCU has changed me in a way for which I was not prepared. I have the opportunity to learn from both professors and my classmates on a daily basis. I see myself taking on new roles in the OT field and have really felt the desire to step up my game! This program has given me the confidence to follow certain OT dreams that I shied away from previously. I am so happy with my decision to complete my OTD after receiving my masters degree only two years ago. I actually truly enjoy working and learning in the field at the same time! Grace Bitgood, OTD, OTR/L

The OTD program is a wonderful opportunity to connect up-to-date theory and research to practice. Being a clinician, this opportunity makes evidence based practice more rewarding. - Jennifer DeSanto,OTD, OTR/L

The OTD program has come at an excellent time in my professional career and in OT history in providing a unique venue for serious therapists to further develop their expertise in theory, evidence based practice and research as well as developing leaders willing to make a difference in the effectiveness of OT practice in our century. - Cynthia Normandia, OTD, OTR/L

The OTD program is a natural extension of my post-professional degree. It allows me to continue my education to incorporate contemporary theory, evidence based principles, and leadership skills in a challenging and engaging online learning environment. - Anita Wyrick, OTD, OTR/L

OTD Classmates
Dr. Jennifer Desanto celebrates her graduation with her fellow OTD classmates.

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