Occupational Therapy Doctorate - OTD

The entry-level Occupational Therapy Doctorate degree program is for students with an earned baccalaureate degree, who have completed explicit prerequisites, to enter the profession of occupational therapy. Students receive an entry-level practice degree at the clinical doctoral level. The doctoral degree in the profession includes extensive education and training in normal development, structure, function and impairments in body systems and body functions, and participation problems, concerns and solutions. There is also work focused on advanced practice including clinical reasoning, occupational therapy theory, evidence-based practice, research, and advocacy and leadership. Graduates are prepared to work with individuals, groups, communities and populations to implement programs inclusive of occupational therapy services. Inter- and intra-professional education and practice models are emphasized. The culminating project is the doctoral capstone and experience.

Upon completion of the program, graduates are expected to:

  • Assist clients with maximizing health, well-being, and quality of life through interventions that support normal human development and functioning.
  • Provide effective client-centered solutions utilizing evidence-based practice.
  • Facilitate and support client participation in occupations.
  • Practice collaborative leadership as an occupational therapy professional.

Occupational Therapy Doctorate 

Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD)   

Core Courses
OTD7015Foundations of Occupational Therapy3
OTD7030Human Occupations and Participation Across the Lifespan2
OTD7060Occupational Perspective on Health3
OTD7070Introduction to Fieldwork1
OTD7130Occupational Therapy Assessment and Theory Across the Life Span3
OTD7160Human Conditions I3
OTD7170Occupational Performance and Participation in Groups3
OTD7190Research I3
OTD7260Human Conditions II3
OTD8140Healthcare Systems and Policy3
OTD8215Introduction to Capstone I2
OTD8220Research II3
OTD8235Occupational Therapy Practice I5
OTD8280Level IA Fieldwork1
OTD8310Leadership and Advocacy3
OTD8320Research III3
OTD8330Theoretical and Clinical Reasoning in Context3
OTD8345Occupational Therapy Practice II5
OTD8380Level IB Fieldwork1
OTD8395Program Development and Grant Writing2
OTD8420Technology and Innovation in Occupational Therapy2
OTD8455Occupational Therapy Practice III5
OTD8480Level IC Fieldwork1
OTD8520Introduction to Capstone II3
OTD8540Contemporary Concepts in Occupational Therapy2
OTD8560Teaching and Learning in Occupational Therapy2
OTD8660Occupational Therapy Practice IV5
OTD8720Level ID Fieldwork1
OTD9810Level IIA Fieldwork9
OTD9860Level IIB Fieldwork9
OTD9910Doctoral Capstone Project3
OTD9920Doctoral Capstone Experience10
Total Credits115.0

The Johnson & Wales University entry-level occupational therapy doctoral (OTD) degree program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, Maryland 20852-4929. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its web address is ACOTEonline.org.

Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).

After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.