New England Tech to offer first-ever doctoral degree this fall

EAST GREENWICH – New England Institute of Technology in East Greenwich will launch its first-ever doctoral program this fall, which will be offered online, NEIT said in a press release.

Douglas H. Sherman, NEIT senior vice president and provost, called the Post-Professional Doctorate of Occupational Therapy a “major milestone.”

“We are very excited to add our first professional doctorate degree. … We have designed the 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,” said Sherman, especially occupational therapists looking for new roles in research or academia.

The program’s differentiator, according to NEIT, is that it can be completed full time in 12 months – the shortest such program in the United States – and does not include a required residency, according to the press release. It was designed to fit schedules of working practitioners, who engage in a “fully supported online learning environment” with 10-week academic terms that offer occupational therapists the ability to build on their specific expertise and collaborate with a mentor.

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“Terminal doctoral degrees are intended to expand one’s knowledge in their chosen profession by allowing … a chance to engage in rigorous inquiry in a given area of practice,” said Carol Doehler, NEIT department chair and program director, in a statement. “The doctoral degree design at New England Tech is crafted to meet the individualized goal of the post-professional doctoral student.”

The deadline to register for the new online doctoral degree program is July 15.

Susan Shalhoub is a PBN contributing writer.