Post Professional Occupational Therapy - OTD

Please note that this program will not be offered for the 2018-2019 Academic Year.

The post-professional clinical Doctor of Occupational Therapy program provides master's-educated occupational therapy practitioners with both the practical and research skills needed to become highly competent advanced clinical practitioners or higher education occupational therapy educators. With mentorship, students set personal goals to form their individual professional growth and development plans. Students who wish to focus on building advanced clinical skills learn how to transform their clinical practices to create high-quality best-practice care delivery, and achieve practice specialization and advanced certifications. Individuals working toward competence as occupational therapy educators advance communication, analytical and critical-thinking skills through the study of pedagogical theory, core planning as academic scholars, applied educational and clinical research, and structures and systems that affect occupational therapy educators in higher education settings. Graduates are prepared to add value to their organizations through scaffolding of knowledge and skill building. For those seeking faculty positions in higher education, the post-professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy program is a terminal degree.  

Upon completion of the program, graduates are expected to:

  • Critically analyze and use evidence from professional literature to guide decision making and clinical/systems choices to promote best practices. (Read, analyze and apply research to OT practice/doctoral project.)
  • Employ advanced communication skills to strategically analyze, utilize and present complex information, organizational vision and actionable guidelines. (Communicate as an occupational therapist who is a leader in inter-professional settings.)
  • Formulate ethical and strategic solutions to challenges faced by senior leadership within competitive practice environments. (Critically think, problem solve, understand and rely upon professional ethics, be an effective executive decision maker.)
  • Use knowledge of occupational therapy theory, core functions and evidence-based practice to develop strategies to foster organizational change and innovation. (Attain habits and skills to seek and use new and tested discipline-specific knowledge, develop strategy that fosters change, and promote innovation.)

Upon completion of the Advanced Clinical Practice Development concentration, graduates are expected to:

  • Develop and implement strategies to improve outcomes for individuals, groups, communities and populations of care through evidence-based practice.

Upon completion of the Higher Education Knowledge & Skill Development concentration, graduates are expected to:

  • Design and deliver effective instructional programs to advance learning of current and future OT practitioners at the post-professional doctoral level. 

Post Professional Occupational Therapy Doctorate

Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD)

Core Courses
OTD7100Evidence Based Practice3
OTD7150Application of Theory3
OTD7200Policy and Ethics3
OTD8100Teaching In Occupational Therapy3
OTD8200Mixed Methods and Translational Research in Occupational Therapy3
OTD9100Writing For Publication in Occupational Therapy3
OTD9200Occupational Therapy Doctorate Independent Study3
Select a concentration:15
Advanced Clinical Practice
Clinical Professional Seminar
Clinical Doctoral Seminar I
Advanced Clinical Practice Practicum
Doctoral Seminar II for Advanced Clinical Practice
Effective Leadership and Management for Advanced Clinical Practice
Capstone in Advanced Clinical Practice
Higher Education
Education Professional Seminar
Education Doctoral Seminar I
Higher Education Practicum
Doctoral Seminar II for Higher Education
Effective Leadership and Management for Higher Education
Capstone in Higher Education
Total Credits36.0