Doctor of Occupational Therapy
The Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) degree is a post professional clinical practice degree that engages practicing occupational therapists in leadership for advanced roles as master practitioner, advocate for client populations, and occupational therapy educator. The curriculum is designed to be experienced while active in the profession with learning activities integrated into clinical practice. The program is structured for continuous part time enrollment utilizing distance education methods.
- Current occupational therapy license or registration
- Master level degree
- 3.2 minimum GPA on master level work
- Successful completion of the OTD application process inclusive of written application and interviews
- Faculty mentor agreement
The OTD degree requires a minimum of 90 hours beyond the baccalaureate and 30 hours beyond the master's degree. The curriculum consists of of 33 credit hours, 27 required and 6 elective (selected under the tutelage of a faculty mentor), including a doctoral capstone project. Optimum enrollment in the program is 6-7 hours per semester for a completion of the degree in approximately a year and a half. The entire program must be completed within 6 years of initial registration.
- Students must meet the academic requirements of the Graduate School througout their course of study in the OTD Program
- No course with a grade below B is accepted toward the OTD degree. If a student earns a grade below B in program courses, continuation of the degree program is reviewed by the student's advisory committee.
- Students who earn a D, F, or WF in an OTD course will be dismissed from the OTD program.
- Students placed under academic probation by the Graduate School a second time will be dismissed from the OTD program.
The curriculum consists of 2 components, core coursework and individually mentored professional development in an area of specialization. Core coursework addresses professional leadership in three broad roles of master practitioner, advocate, and educator. While engaged in core coursework, students will simultaneously enroll in a series of individually mentored courses. Through this mentorship, students will create an individualized learning design for specialty emphasis. This design includes experiential learning in the field and a doctoral capstone project. Learning activities are experienced and integrated with clinical work and engagement in occupational therapy practice is an expectation. Courses are conducted primarily online with one or two campus visits per semester.
Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program of Study (33 semester credit hours)
|Fall One: 2 Campus Visits (7 SCH)|
|OT 6823||Current Issues and Trends in Occupational Therapy||3|
|OT 6XX3||Mentored Professional Development I||3|
|OT 6XX1||Professional Development Core I||1|
|Spring One: 1 Campus Visit (6 SCH)|
|OT 6XX3||Advanced Evidenced-Based Occupational Therapy Practice||3|
|Summer One: 1 Campus Visit (7 SCH)|
|OT 6553||Applied Research Design and Methods||3|
|OT 6XX3||Mentored Professional Development II||3|
|OT 6XX1||Professional Development Core II||1|
|Fall Two: 2 Campus Visits (6 SCH)|
|OT 6223||Theory and Knowledge Development in Occupational Therapy||3|
|OT 6243||Learning Designs for Occupational Therapy Knowledge||3|
|Spring Two: 1 Campus Visit (7 SCH)|
|OT 6XX3||Mentored Professional Development III||3|
|OT 6XX1||Professional Development Core III||1|
|Total Semester Credit Hours||33|