The entry-level occupational therapy clinical doctorate: The next education wave of change in Canada?

Ted Brown, Jeffrey L. Crabtree, Joe Wells, Keli Mu

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Background. Currently, Canada and the United States are the only two countries that mandate entry to the occupational therapy profession at the master's level. There was a recommendation considered by the American Occupational Therapy Association that by 2025 all education programs would move to the clinical doctorate level. In August 2015, the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education made the formal decision that for now, the entry-level qualification for occupational therapists in the United States will remain at both the master's and clinical doctorate levels. Purpose. This article presents an overview of the types of doctorates available, the pros and cons of moving to the clinical doctorate, and some potential questions that will need to be considered. Key issues. Is the next step in the educational progression of occupational therapy in Canada the entry-level clinical doctorate? What are the potential implications for the profession, our clients, and funders? Implications. Further discourse and investigation of this issue is needed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)306-316
Number of pages11
JournalCanadian Journal of Occupational Therapy
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2016


  • Allied Health Occupations
  • Education
  • Graduate education
  • Professional education
  • Students

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