Entry-Level Occupational Therapy Doctorate Degree
The purpose of the Occupational Therapy Doctorate is to build a strong culture of forward thinking occupational-based practitioners who will develop and sustain programs while implementing primary care models and redefining healthcare with health & wellness approaches.
Students complete all of the Master of Occupational Therapy degree requirements prior to entering the Occupational Therapy Doctoral program. Only one degree is awarded for entry into the occupational therapy profession – Master’s or Doctoral. Courses in the Occupational Therapy Doctorate program specifically address advanced clinical practice, research, administration, leadership, program and policy development, advocacy, and education skills. Students will complete course assignments and their capstone project in collaboration with a community setting including the 16-week Doctoral Experiential Component.
Graduates of the Occupational Therapy Doctorate program will become advanced practice generalists with expertise in specialty and/or emerging practices areas with an ability to translate evidence into practice and contribute to the occupational therapy body of research. Students will engage in the creation of their own unique path via mentored learning and rich opportunities in a diverse community.
Doctoral Experiential Component
Each student is required to complete a Doctoral Experiential Component (DEC) as part of the OTD academic program and curriculum. The DEC offers the student the opportunity to extend and refine knowledge acquired in the curriculum and utilize it meaningfully in the community as a means of critically analyzing occupational therapy practice. A student may target one or more of the following areas during the DEC: clinical practice skills, research, administration, leadership, program/policy development, advocacy, and education. This component of the curriculum is designed to promote professional development through both community and faculty mentorship.