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

Foundation for Occupational Therapy

Sequenced in a developmental approach, your first semester will provide the foundation for your occupational therapy practice.

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

Children Care and OT Evaluation

You will gain a greater understanding of 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
OCTV 701 Interprofessional Competencies 0

Your 3rd Semester

Adult Care and Psychosocial Analysis

Your curriculum will continue in the third semester with a focus on adult-based populations as you learn about the psychosocial aspects of Occupational Therapy.

OTDV 630 Occupations of Adults 4
OTDV 630A Level I Fieldwork – Adults and Older Adults 1
OTDV 637 Occupation Skills Lab - Adults 2
OTDV 636 Special Topics: Emerging Practice 3
OTDV 527 Psychosocial Approach to Occupation 1
OTDV 713 Capstone Seminar 1

Your 4th Semester

Older Adult Care and OT Evaluation

Your adult-based curriculum will continue in semester four but will adjust to older adults and focus on the evaluation and treatment through Occupational Therapy.

OTDV 651 Occupations of the Older Adult 4
OTDV 651A Level I Fieldwork – Older Adult 1
OTDV 640 Occupation Skills Lab – Older Adults 2
OTDV 645 Occupational Analysis and Evaluation II 2
OTDV 643 Systematic Reviews of the Literature in Occupational Therapy 3
OTDV 644 Preparation for Professional Practice 1

Your 5th Semester

Occupational Therapy - Fieldwork Study

You will positively impact the local community as fieldwork courses are completed during your fifth semester.

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

Your 6th Semester

Expanding Your Learning

You will complete fieldwork courses designed to instill confidence and competency within the field of Occupational Therapy during your sixth semester.

OCTV 657 Integration of Learning in Occupational Therapy 3
OTDV 662 Fieldwork IIB 6

Your 7th Semester

Advancing Your Development

During this semester, you will actively engage in an exciting environment of higher education and higher expectations. You will practice advanced theoretical applications and research-driven practice to inspire your path.

OTDV 701 Advanced Theoretical Applications in Occupational Therapy 3
OCTV 702 Management in Occupational Therapy 3
OTDV 705 Teaching and Learning in Occupational Therapy 3
OTDV 703 Program Development II for Occupational Therapy 3

Your 8th Semester

Understanding all Aspects

You will develop a greater understanding and appreciation of the cultural nuances inherent within occupational therapy, as you initiate your capstone project.

OTDV 704 Advanced Leadership in Occupational Therapy 3
OTDV 708 Social Justice and Culture Aspects related to Occupational Therapy Practice (3 lecture) 3
OTDV 707 Health and Wellness influences on Occupational Therapy Practice 3
OTDV 706 Capstone I 3

Your 9th Semester

Becoming a Doctor

During your final semester, you will engage in your doctoral experiential component and complete your capstone project.

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.