Occupational Therapy (OTD) Courses

OTD7100 Evidence Based Practice

This course expands student knowledge of principles of evidence-based practice and policy, practice guidelines, and information utilization to promote evidence-based practice in clinical practice, education, research and advocacy. In this course, students explore, build knowledge of, and apply the concepts underlying evidence-based practice and the skills necessary to incorporate evidence to support and/or justify clinical practice, education, research and advocacy. Content addresses defining evidence-based practice, finding the evidence, assessing the evidence and using the evidence in occupation-based practice. This course emphasizes incorporating evidence-based practice and occupation-based practice into students’ current occupational therapy practice and developing creative methods to teach and advocate for evidence-based practice. (OL)
Offered at Online
3 Semester Credits

OTD7150 Application of Theory

In this course, the learner chooses and shares knowledge of published, practice-specific occupational therapy theories and critiques the assumptions and outcomes, based on evidence-based practice. Students have opportunities to compare and contrast theoretical perspectives and apply them to occupational therapy assessment and treatment planning for clients with a variety of occupational needs. The overarching theme of the course is the importance of the context of occupation in practice and educational settings, with a focus on promotion of health and well-being as well as on the prevention of disease and disability. (OL)
Offered at Online
3 Semester Credits

OTD7200 Policy and Ethics

This course is designed to introduce students to topics that involve ethical issues in decision-making for health and clinical education issues. Students are exposed to a variety of issues in healthcare and education settings. Scenarios are used to engage students in problem solving and articulating what occurs during ethical trade-offs before decisions are made. Topics include issues of conflict with values held by some stakeholders or members of the public; political and social circumstances; and when to impose restrictions on the freedom of individuals to protect the health of the community and the duties and obligations owed by citizens to the wider community. Students participate in political advocacy through a state or national level initiative that affects or shapes policy and has an impact on the community or population that is the focus of their doctoral concentration (higher education or clinical practice). (OL)
Offered at Online
3 Semester Credits

OTD7400 Clinical Professional Seminar

This course is a course of knowledge synthesis and application of OT Clinical specialty practice and not of instruction. This program is designed to teach students new knowledge identification, reflection and transformation of the topic into leadership in clinical practice in OT. In this course, students synthesize what they have learned throughout the program, reflect on that knowledge and apply it to an Advanced Clinical OT scholarly project. This first seminar course is dedicated to identification of the area of interest for their culminating capstone topic and refinement of the topic area for their doctoral concentration in Advanced Clinical Practice in OT. (OL)
Offered at Online
1 Semester Credit

OTD7450 Education Professional Seminar

This is a course of knowledge synthesis and application of higher education topics (instead of instruction). Students are taught new pedagogical knowledge identification, reflection and transformation of the topic of their OTD project into leadership in education. In this course, students synthesize what they have learned throughout the program specifically with reference to OT education, reflect on that knowledge, and apply it to a scholarly project (within the domain of the scholarship of teaching and learning). This first seminar course is dedicated to identification of the area of interest for their culminating capstone topic, and refinement of the topic area for their doctoral concentration in OT higher education. (OL)
Offered at Online
1 Semester Credit

OTD7500 Clinical Doctoral Seminar I

The doctoral-level seminars in occupational therapy are core courses designed to provide the OTD student with a firm foundation in the role of occupational therapy in their specific area of Advanced Clinical Practice or Leadership interest. Students work with a mentor to combine interests with a doctoral project that will be an outcome of learning upon the completion of their OTD degree. The projects may vary in focus depending on the student’s chosen area of clinical specialization, or sub-specialization. The culminating project of the first doctoral seminar is a doctoral project application that delineates the plan for the doctoral experience and deliverables associated with the plan. (OL)
Offered at Online
2 Semester Credits

OTD7550 Education Doctoral Seminar I

The doctoral-level seminars in occupational therapy are core courses designed to provide the OTD student with a firm foundation in the role of occupational therapy in a specific area of OT higher education interest. Students work with a mentor to combine capstone interests with a doctoral project that will be an outcome of learning upon the completion of their OTD degree. The projects may vary in focus depending on the student’s chosen area of OT Higher education. The culminating project of the first doctoral seminar is a doctoral project application that delineates the plan for the doctoral experience and deliverables associated with the plan. (OL)
Offered at Online
2 Semester Credits

OTD8100 Teaching In Occupational Therapy

This course focuses on the theories and educational approaches utilized in clinical and classroom settings in occupational therapy. Students read a variety of learning theories and discuss how each relates to current students in practice and higher education settings in the field. Bloom’s Taxonomy of Educational Objectives and Boyer’s model of scholarship are introduced. Students review educational research in health settings and pedagogical trends. Students are able to develop educational models inclusive of interprofessional (with traditional and non-traditional partners) and intraprofessional education (with multiple education and practice levels of OT practitioners). Strategies are presented, discussed and included in course designs that each student develops throughout the semester. Students identify how the strategies they choose to teach reflect Boyer’s model and how outcomes in teaching approaches can be measured. Specific to the field, students also review the ACOTE, WFOT and regional accreditation standards that apply to their practice and education standards in specific settings. During the course, students develop a syllabus and lesson plans, assignments and rubrics for a course in their chosen area of clinical or education specialization. (OL)
Offered at Online
3 Semester Credits

OTD8200 Mixed Methods and Translational Research in Occupational Therapy

In this course, students examine processes for critical thinking and contextual problem-solving to improve their understanding and evaluation of clinical practice information while using research tools. This course builds upon the student’s entry-level knowledge of the research process, which should have included preliminary data-gathering techniques to problem identification and hypothesis development, data collection and analysis. The course broadens the research lens and provides knowledge and experience with mixed-method research design and translational research design that can be used in clinical, education or diverse practice settings. Particular attention is given to the student’s perspective of the applicability of research to the student's own career and practice setting(s), or development of novel practice. Students develop their individual plans for the research methods to support their proposals for their doctoral experience. (OL)
Offered at Online
3 Semester Credits

OTD8400 Advanced Clinical Practice Practicum

Students create practicum experiences for themselves to help discover the real environment of their doctoral project's focus. This is done under the mentorship of a JWU faculty member as well as a site/specialization mentor. Practicum experiences may include shadowing one or more assigned employee(s) who will guide them through the on-site experience. Participation at the practicum site (physically or virtually, such as with telehealth/virtual software platforms or business platforms such as Skype) is typically two or three times per week for an hour or more per session. No remuneration is expected for a practicum, but it does qualify for academic credit. If a student is focused on changing an administrative or clinical practice approach, it is possible that the practicum could include virtual on-site experiences through a distance platform and should include participation in, for example, faculty meetings or planning meetings at the site where the student is engaging in the practicum. (OL)
Offered at Online
4 Semester Credits

OTD8450 Higher Education Practicum

This course provides students the opportunity to create practicum experiences to help with the discovery of the real environment of the focus for a doctoral project. This is done under the mentorship of a faculty member and site/specialization mentor. Practicum experiences may include shadowing 1 or more assigned employee(s) who will guide them through the on-site experience. Participation at the practicum site (physically or virtually, such as with telehealth/virtual software platforms or business platforms such as Skype) is typically 2–3 times per week for an hour or more per session. No remuneration is expected for a practicum, but it does qualify for academic credit. If a student is focused on teaching, it is possible that the practicum could include virtual on-site experiences through a distance platform and should include participation in, for example, faculty meetings or planning meetings at the practicum site. (OL)
Offered at Online
4 Semester Credits

OTD8500 Doctoral Seminar II for Advanced Clinical Practice

Students work independently, but will regularly and systematically submit progress on their doctoral experience to their mentor and faculty adviser. (Deadlines will be established). The student and mentor/faculty adviser will meet electronically or by phone to discuss the project and progress at regular intervals throughout the course. The culminating project of the second doctoral seminar is completion of the doctoral project. Students conceptualize and prepare at least one paper for publication in a peer reviewed journal and submit a draft of a presentation for submission to a peer reviewed venue in order to disseminate the outcome of doctoral work to a national or international platform.
Prerequisite(s): OTD7400, OTD7500. (OL)
Offered at Online
2 Semester Credits

OTD8550 Doctoral Seminar II for Higher Education

This course provides students the opportunity to work independently while regularly and systematically submitting progress on a doctoral project to their mentor and faculty advisor. Deadlines are established. The student and mentor/faculty advisor meet electronically or by phone to discuss the project and progress at regular intervals throughout the course. The culminating project of the second doctoral seminar is completion of the doctoral project. Students conceptualize and prepare at least 1 paper for publication in a peer-reviewed journal and submit a draft of a presentation for submission to a peer-reviewed venue in order to disseminate the outcome of their doctoral work to a national or international platform.
Prerequisite(s): OTD7450, OTD7550. (OL)
Offered at Online
2 Semester Credits

OTD8600 Effective Leadership and Management for Advanced Clinical Practice

This course draws upon a variety of research-based theories and applications that are core to the study of management and leadership. Theoretical paradigms of motivation are discussed and applied to communication methods and styles, decision making, risk taking, team building, conflict resolution, negotiation, diversity and inclusion. Leadership traits, leadership styles and roles are examined in the context of ethics, power and social responsibility. Students develop individual leadership plans and goals and work with a mentor toward an individual, self-directed growth plan to implement in their own work and practice settings.
Prerequisite(s): OTD7100, OTD7150, OTD7200, OTD7400, OTD7500. (OL)
Offered at Online
3 Semester Credits

OTD8650 Effective Leadership and Management for Higher Education

This course draws upon a variety of research-based theories and applications that are core to the study of management and leadership in higher education. Strategies for career progression and process in higher education settings are included. Theoretical paradigms of motivation are discussed and applied to communication and styles, decision making, risk taking, team building, conflict resolution, negotiation, diversity and inclusion. Leadership traits, leadership styles and roles are examined in the context of ethics, power and social responsibility. Students develop individual leadership plans and goals and work with a mentor toward an individual, self-directed growth plan to implement in their own higher education work settings.
Prerequisite(s): OTD7100, OTD7150, OTD7200, OTD7450, OTD7550. (OL)
Offered at Online
3 Semester Credits

OTD8800 Capstone in Advanced Clinical Practice

This course, a continuation of the capstone project, is a course of knowledge synthesis and application and not of instruction. This program is designed to teach students new knowledge identification, reflection and transformation of the topic into leadership in advanced clinical practice in occupational therapy. In this capstone course, students synthesize what they have learned throughout the program, reflect on that knowledge, and complete a scholarly project. Students complete their capstone project under the supervision of their capstone mentor. At the end of 2 semesters, students present their capstone projects in an online capstone symposium. The paper completed in this course should be publication and presentation ready. Students submit their work for publication consideration to scholarly journals and to professional venues where they can present their work. Students work toward a submission of at least one paper for publication in a peer reviewed journal. Students also prepare to submit a presentation to disseminate the outcome of their doctoral work to a national or international peer reviewed platform.
Prerequisite(s): OTD7400, OTD7500. (OL)
Offered at Online
3 Semester Credits

OTD8850 Capstone in Higher Education

This course is a continuation of the capstone project. Emphasis is on knowledge synthesis and application, not instruction. Students learn new knowledge identification, reflection and transformation of the topic into leadership in occupational therapy higher education. In this capstone course, students synthesize what they have learned throughout the program, reflect on that knowledge, and complete a scholarly project. Students complete a capstone project under the supervision of a capstone mentor. At the end of 2 semesters, students present capstone projects in an online capstone symposium. The paper completed in this course should be publication and presentation ready. Students submit work for publication consideration to scholarly journals and professional venues where work can be presented. Students work toward a submission of at least 1 paper for publication in a peer-reviewed journal. Students also prepare and submit a presentation to disseminate the outcome of their doctoral work to a national or international peer-reviewed platform.
Prerequisite(s): OTD7450, OTD7550. (OL)
Offered at Online
3 Semester Credits

OTD9100 Writing For Publication in Occupational Therapy

This course guides the doctoral student through the process of writing for publication. Students work through a series of drafts they wish to develop into a manuscript to submit for publication. Each student is assigned to a mentor throughout the course. Students work independently with a faculty member and 1–2 additional students in an individual cluster (that is specific to their doctoral concentration) to develop and review manuscripts and refine their knowledge and assumptions. Students also work on refining their writing style to be compliant with APA style and format (or the style and format required by the intended journal for publication, if APA is not the normal style method). Students peer review other students' manuscripts in their cluster. Electronic/virtual chats with experts in the field may be available to students. Electronic/virtual chats are also available to collaborate with classmates for peer reviews. Students primarily use virtual classroom discussion board interactions to share resources and ideas.
Prerequisite(s): All 7000 and 8000 level coursework. (OL)
Offered at Online
3 Semester Credits

OTD9200 Occupational Therapy Doctorate Independent Study

This course offers the opportunity for doctor of occupational therapy students to become involved in a specific topic or specialized course of study under the direction and guidance of a faculty member in lieu of a portion of the practicum requirements of the OTD program. Students may choose to 1) pursue, in depth, an area covered more generally in the curriculum; 2) explore a topic not normally covered in the curriculum; 3) provide occupational therapy services to diverse and under-served populations; or 4) assist with or conduct original problem-oriented or technique-based research in an occupational therapy area of interest. This study may be in any occupational therapy-related area or practice. In all cases, it is the student's responsibility to fully identify the topic and to acquire enough information to ensure its worthiness for independent study.
Prerequisite(s): All 7000 and 8000 level coursework. (OL)
Offered at Online
3 Semester Credits