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Post-Professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy

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Doctor of Occupational Therapy

The O.T.D. is an advanced-practice degree for occupational therapists wishing to upgrade their knowledge and skills to meet the increasing demands of complex practice issues. This program focuses on specialization and professional leadership in practice. A combination of online and evening courses is available, so that therapists can obtain this education while continuing to work in the profession.

Degree Requirements

The student must complete the core and elective course work with an overall grade-point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale. The student must complete 36 credit hours including course work and a focused capstone project. The capstone is an individually designed, mentored project that demonstrates a synthesis of the knowledge and skills developed in the program. Upon completion of the O.T.D., students are prepared for careers in education, advanced practice, or professional leadership and administration.

The curriculum is established from 4 key components:

  • Evidence-based practice,
  • Professional leadership,
  • Specialty practice, and
  • Teaching.

Core Courses. A minimum of 36 credit hours is required. The core curriculum or the individual student’s plan may change to include additional course work.

OTD 835 Quantitative Research for Applied Science 3
OTD 860 Theory and Practice in Occupational Therapy 3
OTD 865 Theory-Based Practice 3
OTD 875 Professional Development 3
OTD 880 Program Evaluation 3
OTD 850 Teaching Practicum 3
OTD 885 Advanced Practicum 3
OTD 890 Capstone Project 3

Elective Options. Each student selects graduate-level elective courses to complement his or her program. These selections must be approved by the student’s adviser.

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