Doctor of Occupational Therapy

Total Semester Credit Hours Required

33 semester credit hours

Fall One: 2 Campus Visits
OT 6823Current Issues and Trends in Occupational Therapy3
OT 6103Mentored Professional Development I3
OT 6101Professional Development Core I1
Spring One: 1 Campus Visit
OT 6201Professional Development Core II1
OT 6203Mentored Professional Development II3
OT 6553Applied Research Design and Methods3
Summer One: 1 Campus Visit
OT 6133Advanced Evidence-Based Occupational Therapy Practice3
Fall Two: 2 Campus Visits
OT 6223Theory and Knowledge Development in Occupational Therapy3
OT 6401Mentored Professional Development III1
Spring Two: 1 Campus Visit
OT 6243Learning Designs for Occupational Therapy Knowledge3
OT 6301Professional Development Core III1
OT 6402Mentored Professional Development IV2
Total SCHs33

 Degree Requirements

The OTD degree consists 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 core curriculum in 5 semesters, program completion and graduation are contingent upon successful completion of the capstone project.  The entire program must be completed within 6 years of initial registration.

Progression Requirements

  • Students must meet the academic requirements of the Graduate School throughout 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.

Curriculum Design

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 a professional development plan for specialty emphasis.  This plan 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.