Students in the Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) program take a total of 117 credits which include 79 credits of core courses, 22 credits of Fieldwork and 16 credits representing the doctoral experiential component of the program.
|Core Courses||Credit Hours|
Total OTD Program Credit Hours
|OCT 5135C Anatomy Applied to Occupation||5|
|HSC 5130C Patient/Client Care Management||3|
|HSC 5135 Evidence - Informed Practice||2|
|OCT 5140 Domain of Occupational Therapy||3|
|OCT 5145 Occupational Engagement and Theories of Practice||3|
Total Credit Hours
|OCT 5225C Process of Occupational Therapy||4|
|OCT 5230C Conditions Impacting Occupational Performance||4|
|OCT 5210 Scholarly Design||2|
|OCT 5215C Human Movement for Occupational Performance||3|
|HSC 5310C Clinical Neuroscience||4|
Total Credit Hours
|OCT 5340 Scholarly Implementation and Dissemination||2|
|OCT 5335C Clinical Applications in Psych and Community||5|
|OCT 5355C Clinical Applications in Pediatrics/Adolescence||5|
|OCT 5330C OT Methods I: Assistive Technology||3|
|HSC 5665 Wellness and Health Promotion||3|
|OCT 6310 OTD Seminar 1||1|
Total Credit Hours
|OCT 5410C Clinical Applications in Adulthood||5|
|OCT 5425C Clinical Applications in Gerontology||5|
|OCT 5445C OT Methods II: Orthotics, Prosthetics and Modalities||3|
|HSC 5670 Administration & Management in Rehabilitation Services||3|
|OCT 6420 OTD Seminar 2||1|
Total Credit Hours
|OCT 5550 Fieldwork IIA (min 12 weeks)||11|
|OCT 6530 OTD Seminar 3||1|
Total Credit Hours
|OCT 5660 Fieldwork IIB (min 12 weeks)||11|
|OCT 6640 OTD Seminar 4||1|
Total Credit Hours
|OCT 6700 Capstone Project||2|
|OCT 6745 Scholarship of Practice||3|
|OCT 6720 Leadership & Advocacy||3|
|OCT 6731 Capstone Experience 1 (last 4 weeks)||4|
Total Credit Hours
|OCT 6832 Capstone Experience 2||12|
Total Credit Hours
OCT 5135C – Anatomy Applied to Occupation
Applies knowledge of human anatomy to occupational performance. Covers assessments related to palpation, muscle testing, and goniometry with a focus on analyzing the impact of dysfunction to occupational performance.
HSC 5130C – Patient/Client Care Management I
Introduces principles and techniques of basic patient care, therapeutic communication and touch, and interprofessional collaboration skills.
HSC 5135 – Evidence-Informed Practice
Combines instruction in clinical problem solving and critical thinking to introduce evidence informed skills of practice: logic, problem synthesis, hypothesis generation, reflective-practice, and decision making. Includes analysis of evidence and research design.
OCT 5140 – Domain of OT
Examines the historical foundation and philosophical base of occupational therapy. The profession’s core values and code of ethics are introduced. The Occupational Practice Framework is examined with a focus on occupations, client factors, performance skills, and the influences and effects that environment, context, and performance patterns have on persons, groups, and populations. Explores the importance of lifelong learning in developing professional behavior and communication skills.
OCT 5145 – Occupational Engagement and Theories of Practice
Introduces typical occupational activities that individuals and groups engage in throughout the lifespan. Topics include discussion of developmental stages and how occupations are influenced by changes, normal and atypical.
OCT 5225C – Process of Occupational Therapy
Examines the Occupational Practice Framework with emphasis on the components of evaluation, intervention, and target outcomes. Explores the service-delivery settings, frames of reference, and models that guide occupational therapy treatment. Explores various professions that work on health care teams with occupational therapists. Ethical considerations in regards to treatment and documentation within the health care system are explored. An experiential lab component integrating foundational concepts in varied community settings is included.
OCT 5230C – Conditions Impacting Occupational Performance
Selected medical conditions throughout the lifespan and how they impact occupational performance are discussed. Diagnosis, clinical features, and medical treatment including pharmacology are reviewed. Case studies, student presentations of evidence-based articles on medical management, and hands-on practice of appropriate diagnostic assessments are included.
OCT 5210 – Scholarly Design
Focuses on the development of writing and reasoning skills related to research planning and design. Skills progress through an evaluation of existing research to developing a scholarly project/study, inclusive of understanding the components of an IRB proposal and sound research plan.
OCT 5215C – Human Movement for Occupational Performance
Focuses on foundational knowledge regarding kinesiology and movement task analysis. Presentation of historical and contemporary motor control theories to synthesize how occupation based treatment is influenced and supported by motor control principles.
HSC 5310C – Clinical Neuroscience
Focuses on foundations of neuroanatomy and neurophysiology and their applications to neurological conditions seen in clinical practice.
OCT 5340 – Scholarly Implementation and Dissemination
Focuses on the development, integration, and implementation of data collection skills and the evaluation of the quality and equity of data related to research design and methodology.
OCT 5335C – Clinical Applications in Psychosocial & Community Settings
Presents the theory and rationale of competency and evidence based OT assessment and intervention for psychosocial dysfunctions across the lifespan. Examines community based settings, lifestyle redesign, and therapeutic use of self. Level I fieldwork experiences enable students to observe, integrate, and apply concepts of the course in clinical situations.
OCT 5355C – Clinical Applications in Pediatrics/Adolescence
Presents the theory and rationale of competency-based assessments and interventions for physical, developmental, sensory integrative, perceptual/cognitive, and psychosocial dysfunctions as they apply to early lifespan development. Applies pediatric frames of reference to specific problems, including gross, fine and oral-motor skills; behavioral and social issues, handwriting, sensory integrative, visual, cognitive, and psychosocial problems within the framework of the multicultural family. Fieldwork Level I experiences integrate course content and clinical application.
OCT 5330C – OT Methods I: Assistive Technology
Introduces a variety of assistive technology devices with application throughout the lifespan. Universal design and environmental modifications are explored in depth. Focuses on the role of the occupational therapist’s use of technology to assist and prepare a client for independence in occupational engagement and performance.
HSC 5665 – Wellness and Health Promotion
Focuses on ways to promote health and wellness through behavioral change and identification of barriers to change. Health promotion planning will include individual, group, and population-based interventions. Examines risk behaviors that can compromise health throughout the lifespan. Applications to clinic/home/community situations and participation in selected complementary and alternative health interventions are included.
OCT 5410C – Clinical Applications in Adulthood
Presents the theory and rationale of evidence based assessment and intervention for physical, developmental, sensory, perceptual/cognitive, psychosocial, and neurological dysfunctions as they apply to middle lifespan. Fieldwork Level I experiences will integrate course content and clinical application.
OCT 5425C – Clinical Applications in Geriatrics
Presents the theory, rationale, and evidence supporting assessments and interventions with aging adults, including sensory, physical, perceptual/cognitive, and psychosocial dysfunctions as they apply to late lifespan. Fieldwork Level I experiences integrate course content with clinical application.
OCT 5445C – OT Methods II: Orthotics, Prosthetics, and Modalities
Presents the theory and rationale of evidence-based clinical application of physical agent modalities, orthotics, and prosthetics. Emphasizes principles of differential diagnosis and wound/tissue healing when selecting and applying the appropriate physical agent modality. Focuses on the design and application of orthotic devices to enhance occupational performance and participation.
HSC 5670 – Administration and Management in Rehabilitation Services
The application of managerial and administrative principles to rehabilitation services within a changing health care environment and the impact upon the delivery of services in a variety of practice settings. Primary topics addressed include organizational and legal structures, supervision and management, quality assurance, fiscal management, human resources, collaboration and team functions, and marketing.
OCT 6430 – Scholarly Dissemination
Identifies potential avenues for the dissemination of the results of the project developed in the Scholarly Design course. Directions for future career research and potential resources are discussed, including processes for locating and securing grants.
OCT 5550 – Fieldwork IIA
The first of two off-campus fieldwork experiences with an emphasis on the application of occupational therapy theory and skills acquired in the didactic course work to a clinical setting. Students will demonstrate entry level competency and standards of practice within this practice area. Weekly online interaction with faculty facilitates student learning through reflective practice.
OCT 5660 – Fieldwork IIB
The second of two off-campus fieldwork experiences with an emphasis on the application of occupational therapy theory and skills mastered in IIA in a different clinical setting. Students will demonstrate entry level competency and standards of practice within this second practice area. Includes weekly online interaction with faculty to facilitate student learning through reflective practice.
OCT 6310 – OTD Seminar 1
Integrate knowledge of delivery models, policies, and systems related to various current and emerging practice settings. Make clinical decisions through application and synthesis of theory and evidence-based reasoning for individuals and populations.
OCT 6420 – OTD Seminar 2
Plan and participate in professional development, leadership, and advocacy opportunities related to current and emerging practice areas including interprofessional practice. Compose a scholarly report identifying, adapting, or developing new strategies to address occupational therapy’s ability to respond to society’s changing needs.
OCT 6530 – OTD Seminar 3
Collaborate and reflect on issues related to clinical practice including service delivery, supervision, and ethical considerations across a variety of practice settings. Participate in scholarly inquiry to reinforce evidence-based practice and support knowledge translation.
OCT 6640 – OTD Seminar 4
Collaborate and reflect on issues related to clinical practice including service delivery, supervision, and leadership and management across a variety of practice settings. Formulate program development plans and consider adapting service delivery models to respond to society’s needs.
OCT 6700 – Capstone Project
The student develops their plan (objectives, actions, responsibilities and performance outcomes) and background information to develop and document advanced skills, and a scholarly
basis for their Capstone Experience, in one of the following areas: clinical practice skills, research skills, administration, leadership, program and policy development, advocacy, education, or theory development. The objectives, schedule of deliverables to match objectives, and IRB approval if needed, will be approved by the Doctoral Coordinator and as needed by other mentors/supervisors.
OCT 6720 – Leadership and Advocacy
Provides students with the opportunity to apply leadership strategies needed to shape the role of occupational therapy in our national health care delivery system. Reflection, critique and self-directed learning are used to enhance student’s leadership skills. Principles and importance of advocacy are presented as essential for individual and professional growth.
OCT 6731 – Capstone Experience 1
The capstone experience provides an opportunity to apply theoretical and empirical knowledge from foundation courses in the implementation of a focused area of OT practice. Students will prepare for and initiate an in-depth experience in one of the following areas: clinical practice skills, research skills, administration, leadership, program and policy development, advocacy, education, or theory development. Students will have the opportunity to apply OT practice to different populations and cultures based on an expanded view of OTs role in healthcare. The experiential component of the capstone experience will be consistent with the objectives of the student’s capstone project and provide the application piece of their capstone project in order to enhance the field of occupational therapy.
OCT 6745 – Scholarship of Practice
Students explore the spectrum of “scholarship” (discovery of new knowledge; development of new technologies, methods, materials, or uses; and the integration of knowledge leading to new understanding) and its relationship to clinical practice. Primary focus is on the importance of generating knowledge that is responsive to the priorities of society, consumers and clinicians, and which explicitly supports and advances clinical practice. Students will explore the literature to identify their profession’s research priorities as well as best practices in clinically-focused scholarship. Emphasis is to instill in students the importance of developing collaborative relationships to promote scholarship in support of practice.
OCT 6832 – Capstone Experience 2
Students will complete their in-depth experience initiated in OCT 6731 Capstone Experience 1 in their focused area of study. The capstone experience will be consistent with the objectives of the student’s capstone project and provide the application piece of their capstone project in order to enhance the field of occupational therapy. Students are expected to disseminate their capstone experience in a manner appropriate to their project focus. A formal evaluation of the student’s performance will be conducted at the end of the Capstone Experience 2 course.