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PP-OTD FAQs Online and Hybrid Degree

When do my classes meet?
The PP-OTD courses are offered completely online. There are no times when students are required to meet in a traditional on-campus classroom. Faculty may schedule (at their discretion) online discussions or other activities through the online learning software that may require you to attend a synchronous virtual class at a specific time. These sessions may be recorded for students to access at a later time. However, most online work is expected to be completed based on the student's schedule within the context of the course requirements.

How large will my classes be?
Classes will average between 10 and 15 students per course.

How is taking an online course different from an on-campus course?
Online courses offer you flexibility in the scheduling of your class and study time. However, online courses also require self-discipline and self-motivation to do the work that is expected of the course. Since there will be no “lecture” time and no class time to attend, you will need to dedicate an appropriate amount of time to review the course content on the Canvas learning management system, complete the readings, participate in the online discussion forums, and complete other assignments. Instead of meeting at a fixed time and location, your online course will run on a weekly schedule starting on a Monday and ending on a Sunday evening. Generally, there are no set meeting times during which the entire class meets. Despite this flexibility, you are required to login to your course regularly as described in the course syllabus. Additionally, there may be some assignments when specific due dates must be met.

Do online courses take more time than on-campus courses?
No. Online courses require the same amount of work as an on-campus course. However, the time you spend in an online course will be different than in an on-campus course. For example, more time may be spent on reading and completing the assignments and responding to electronic posts from both the instructor and other students and less time will be spent on driving to and from campus and no time will be spent in class.

Do I need to be a registered occupational therapist to enter the PP-OTD program?
Yes, this program is tailored only to practicing occupational therapists, who have achieved certification status to practice as an occupational therapist by the NBCOT. In addition, candidates for this program must have an earned master’s degree in occupational therapy to begin the program. For specific information regarding admissions, please contact the admissions department. Special note:  International students do not need to be NBCOT-certified unless their goal is to practice in the United States. Those candidates should first obtain national certification as a registered therapist by NBCOT before applying for this program. If the international candidate does not intend to practice as a registered occupational therapist in the United States, they may enter the program without meeting the requirement of NBCOT exam completion.

How long should it take me to complete my program?
The shortest time to complete the program is 4 academic terms or 12 months. Students may enroll part time, allowing 2 years to complete the program.

Is New England Institute of Technology accredited?
Yes. NEIT is accredited by the  New England Commission of Higher Education (formerly the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.).  Accreditation by NECHE is recognized by the federal government and entitles NEIT to participate in federal financial aid programs. For more information on accreditation, see NEIT’s catalog.

Do I need a certain grade point average to enter the program?
Yes. A minimum GPA of 3.0 must be attained in a master’s degree program in Occupational Therapy to be considered for entry to this program.

Can I transfer credits earned at another college to NEIT?
No. All credits must be taken at NEIT to comply with residency policies.

Can I transfer credits that I earn at NEIT to another college or university?
The transferability of course credit is always up to the institution to which the student is transferring. Students interested in the transferability of their credits should contact the Office of Teaching and Learning for further information.

Do I need to maintain a certain grade point average?
Yes. A GPA of 3.0 will be required for all terms.

What happens if I do not earn a B in one of the courses?
All student will be required to earn a grade of a B or better in all coursework. Any student unable to attain a B in a course will be required to repeat the course. Students may only retake one course in the program. Program dismissal would occur for any student who is unable to pass one course the second time. Re-entry to the program will only be considered if done within one year of withdrawal or dismissal from the program. A guide for re-entry is provided in the PP-OTD Student Manual.

Is a doctoral thesis required to complete the program?
No. Students are required to complete an Individualized Doctoral Project and will be required to defend the project to a doctoral committee.

What are the hardware and software requirements for the program?

  Recommended Minimum
Operating System: Windows 10 or Macintosh OS X (10.14)
Processor: 2+ GHz
Memory: 4GB
Plug-ins: Adobe PDF Reader, Flash Adobe PDF Reader, Flash and others as required by specific courses
Players: QuickTime, Java Player, Java
Browser: Chrome, IE, Safari, Edge, Firefox (all latest versions)
Display: 1024x768
Software: Office 365 (2016)
Internet Connection: FiOS/DSL/CABLE DSL/CABLE
Email Account: New England Tech student email account
Sound Card: Required
Other (some programs): -A webcam (the one built into your laptop or iPad should be fine).
-A microphone (built into the computer or headset is handy).
-A digital camera (the one on a smart phone is fine).


Online students must be capable of installing and maintaining their own computer’s hardware and software. New England Tech does not assist students with the setup of their computers.

Information about obtaining the software (if any) will be made available to you at the start of each course.

Note: Tablets and smartphones can be convenient for reading course materials and email but will not be sufficient for doing all of your course work.