Occupational Therapy Doctorate - O.T.D.

On June 11th, 2019, the following course requirements were updated: OTD7230 was replaced with OTD7180 Occupational Performance and Participation in Context, OTD7280 was replaced with OTD7170 Occupational Performance and Participation in Groups, and OTD8290 was replaced with OTD7070 Introduction to Fieldwork. OTD8390, OTD9820 and OTD9870 were removed.

Additionally, there were title and/or course description changes (including changes to co-requisite and pre-requisite courses) to the following courses: OTD7010 Foundations of Occupational TherapyOTD7030 Human Occupations and Participation Across the LifespanOTD7060 Occupational Perspective on HealthOTD7080 The Scholarship of Teaching Occupational TherapyOTD7110 Kinesiology and LabOTD7130 Occupational Therapy Assessment and Theory Across the LifespanOTD7160 Human Conditions IOTD7190 Research IOTD9910 CapstoneOTD9920 Doctoral Specialty ExperienceOTD9810Fieldwork IIA , and OTD9860 Fieldwork IIB.

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 degree outcome.

Upon completion of the program, graduates are expected to:

Assist clients with maximizing health, well-being, and Quality of Life (QOL) through interventions that support normal human development and functioning.

  • Demonstrate knowledge as a generalist occupational therapist with broad exposure to delivery models, systems, and settings, where occupational therapy practitioners provide services and in settings with the potential to provide occupational therapy services, such as emerging or creative practice areas.
  • Demonstrate the knowledge and skills required to succeed as an entry-level occupational therapy professional through successful completion of academic and fieldwork education.
  • Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of delivery models, policies, and systems, where occupational therapy practitioners provide services and in settings and systems with the potential to provide occupational therapy services, such as emerging or creative practice areas.

Provide effective client-centered solutions utilizing evidence-based practice.

  • Show they have a breadth and depth of knowledge in the liberal arts and sciences necessary for a foundation for professional study and an understanding of issues related to diversity.
  • Articulate and apply occupational therapy theory and evidence-based evaluations and interventions to achieve expected outcomes as related to occupation.
  • Articulate and apply therapeutic use of occupations with individuals, groups, communities and/or populations for the purpose of participation in roles and situations in home, school, workplace, community and other settings.
  • Become an active and effective consumer of evidence-based practice by demonstrating thorough knowledge of evidence-based practice.
  • Complete an in-depth doctoral experiential component in one or more of the following areas: clinical practice skills, research skills, administration, leadership, program and policy development, advocacy, education, and theory development.

Facilitate and support client participation in occupations.

  • Plan and apply occupational therapy interventions to address the physical, cognitive, psychosocial, sensory and other aspects of performance in a variety of contexts and environments to support participation and engagement in everyday life activities that affect health, well-being and quality of life.
  • Advocate as a professional for access to occupational therapy services, for recipients of occupational therapy services, and for related issues for the profession, such as coverage, reimbursement, and licensure-related issues.
  • Become an active and effective consumer of the latest research and knowledge bases that support practice and contribute to the growth and dissemination of research and knowledge.
  • Articulate the value of occupation as a determinate of health.
  • Complete a capstone project that relates theory to practice and demonstrates synthesis of advanced knowledge in a practice area with theory.

Practice collaborative leadership as an OTD professional.

  • Explain and apply the knowledge and skills necessary for lifelong learning, including competence in communication, critical and creative thinking, qualitative, quantitative and scientific reasoning, evidence-based practice, and the ability to evaluate, integrate and apply current knowledge from multiple perspectives when making decisions and solving problems.
  • Demonstrate the necessary skills, including an awareness of ethical responsibility, values, attitudes of the occupational therapy profession, and cultural/global diversity, to live and work collaboratively as contributing members of society and the occupational therapy profession.
  • Explain and apply the distinct roles and responsibilities of the occupational therapist and occupational therapy assistant in the supervisory process.
  • Effectively communicate and work inter- and intra-professionally, with those who provide care for individuals, communities and/or populations in order to clarify each member’s responsibility in executing components of an intervention plan.
  • Actively participate in professional development, leadership and advocacy to promote occupational justice.

Occupational Therapy Doctorate 

Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD)      

Core Courses
OTD7010Foundations of Occupational Therapy3
OTD7030Human Occupations and Participation Across the Lifespan2
OTD7060Occupational Perspective on Health3
OTD7080The Scholarship of Teaching Occupational Therapy3
OTD7110Kinesiology and Lab4
OTD7130Occupational Therapy Assessment and Theory Across the Lifespan4
OTD7160Human Conditions I3
OTD7180Occupational Performance and Participation in Context3
OTD7190Research I2
OTD7260Human Conditions II4
OTD7290Evidence-Based Practice2
OTD8120Research I3
OTD8140Healthcare Systems and Policy3
OTD8160Writing for Publication3
OTD8210Management and Program Development3
OTD8220Research II3
OTD8240Occupational Therapy Practice I5
OTD8250Occupational Therapy Practice II5
OTD8290Professional Practice I1
OTD8310Leadership and Advocacy3
OTD8320Research III3
OTD8360Occupational Therapy Practice III5
OTD8370Occupational Therapy Practice IV5
OTD9920Doctoral Specialty Experience8
Field Work
OTD9810Fieldwork IIA9
OTD9860Fieldwork IIB9
Total Credits110.0

The Johnson & Wales University Entry-Level Occupational Therapy Doctorate Program has applied for accreditation and has been granted Candidacy Status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is 301-652-AOTA.

The program must have a preaccreditation review, complete an on-site evaluation, and be granted Accreditation Status before its graduates 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.