Occupational Therapy Doctorate Curriculum

The Occupational Therapy Doctorate is a 36-month, year-round program. You will receive a comprehensive education in occupational, behavioral, and basic sciences. Upon graduation, you will be prepared for success as an entry-level doctoral occupational therapist.

Your 1st Semester

First Semester Courses

OTDV 500 Fundamentals and Foundations of Occupational Therapy 4
OTDV 504 Research I: Introduction to Quantitative and Qualitative Research 2
OTDV 506 Clinical Reasoning about Occupation 2
OTDV 508 Introduction to Fieldwork and Capstone 3
OTDV 514 Human Structure and Occupation 5

Your 2nd Semester

Child-based Practice

Your second semester will continue with the developmental sequence of the curriculum and focus on evidence-based practices, evaluation, and treatment related to children during this semester.

OTDV 526 Occupations of Children/Adolescents 4
OTDV 526A Level I Fieldwork – Children/Adolescents 1
OTDV 520 Occupation Skills Lab – Children and Adolescents 2
OTDV 525 Occupational Analysis and Evaluation I 1
OTDV 528 Brain, Behavior and Occupation 3
OTDV 528A Occupational Performance for Neurological Conditions 1
OTDV 523 Research II: Applications for the Research Process 1
IPEV 701 Interprofessional Competencies 0

Your 3rd Semester

Adult-based Practice

Your third semester will continue with the developmental sequence of the curriculum and focus on evidence-based practices, evaluation, and treatment related to adults during this semester.

OTDV 630 Occupations of Adults 4
OTDV 630A Level I Fieldwork – Adults and Older Adults 1
OTDV 637 Occupation Skills Lab - Adults 2
OTDV 645 Occupational Analysis and Evaluation II 2
OTDV 527 Psychosocial Approach to Occupation 1
OTDV 713 Capstone Seminar 1

Your 4th Semester

Older Adult-based Practice

Your fourth semester will continue the developmental sequence of the curriculum and focus on evidence-based practices, and treatment related to older adults during this semester.

OTDV 651 Occupations of the Older Adult 4
OTDV 651A Level I Fieldwork – Special Populations 1
OTDV 640 Occupation Skills Lab – Older Adults 2
OTDV 636 Emerging Practice 3
OTDV 643 Research III: Systematic Reviews of the Literature in Occupational Therapy 3
IPEV 702 Interprofessional Activities 0

Your 5th Semester

Students will have the opportunity to learn about professional practice, begin planning phases of their capstone project, and apply what they have learned in the previous four semesters during their first level II fieldwork experience.

OTDV 711 Program Development I for Occupational Therapy 2
OTDV 664 Preparation for Professional Practice 1
OTDV 660 Fieldwork IIA 6

Your 6th Semester

Students will continue to apply their knowledge and skills in level II fieldwork and application-based synthesis courses.

OTDV 662 Fieldwork IIB 6
OTDV 657 Integration of Learning 3

Your 7th Semester

During this semester, you will actively engage in an exciting environment of higher education and higher expectations. You will practice advanced application of content and creation of your path for the doctoral capstone.

OTDV 701 Advanced Theoretical Applications for Occupational Therapy 3
OTDV 703 Program Development II for Occupational Therapy 3
OTDV 705 Teaching and Learning in Occupational Therapy 3
OTDV 652 Management in Occupational Therapy 3

Your 8th Semester

Students will continue to refine their capstone projects in preparation for the final culminating semester and explore cultural influences on occupational therapy practice as well as health promotion principles.

OTDV 704 Advanced Leadership in Occupational Therapy 3
OTDV 706 Capstone I 3
OTDV 707 Health and Wellness Influences on Occupational Therapy Practice 3
OTDV 708 Social Justice and Cultural Aspects Related to Occupational Therapy Practice 3

Your 9th Semester

During your final semester, you will engage in your capstone experience and complete your capstone project. Emphasis will be placed on the dissemination of the capstone project and preparation for a career in occupational therapy.

OTDV 709 Doctoral Capstone Experience 8
OTDV 710 Capstone II 3

Available throughout the Occupational Therapy curriculum are opportunities for Independent Study.

Disclaimer: The above information is subject to change. Please contact the program for the current curriculum.

Good Standing Status Policy

Students are considered in Good Standing and making acceptable progression towards graduation when the following items are present: 

Graduation Requirements

Upon successful completion of all OTD courses with a grade of 73% or higher, no more than nine-course credits of a grade below 80%, achievement of Good Standing Status, and any stipulations listed within the TUN Catalog, the student will have completed the necessary requirements to graduate.  Upon graduation, the student is eligible to sit for the National Board for Certification for Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) exam.  Thereafter, the graduate will be eligible for state licensure which varies by state.

A student's history of a  criminal conviction can affect the student's ability to become nationally certified and licensed.  Additional information can be found on the www.NBCOT.org website. Students can also contact their state regulatory boards in regard to any criminal convictions to determine eligibility for licensure.