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)
|Foundations of Occupational Therapy
|Human Occupations and Participation Across the Lifespan
|Occupational Perspective on Health
|Introduction to Fieldwork
|Occupational Therapy Assessment and Theory Across the Life Span
|Human Conditions I
|Occupational Performance and Participation in Groups
|Human Conditions II
|Healthcare Systems and Policy
|Introduction to Capstone I
|Occupational Therapy Practice I
|Level IA Fieldwork
|Leadership and Advocacy
|Theoretical and Clinical Reasoning in Context
|Occupational Therapy Practice II
|Level IB Fieldwork
|Program Development and Grant Writing
|Technology and Innovation in Occupational Therapy
|Occupational Therapy Practice III
|Level IC Fieldwork
|Introduction to Capstone II
|Contemporary Concepts in Occupational Therapy
|Teaching and Learning in Occupational Therapy
|Occupational Therapy Practice IV
|Level ID Fieldwork
|Level IIA Fieldwork
|Level IIB Fieldwork
|Doctoral Capstone Project
|Doctoral Capstone Experience
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.