Entry-level occupational therapy doctoral degree courses

First Year

Summer II (9 credits)

OT 6001 - Foundations in Occupational Therapy (3 credits)
Course Description: Introduction to the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework (OTPF) and guiding principles of practice. Selected theoretical foundations that relate to professional practice will be emphasized.

OT 6002 - Art of Occupational Therapy Practice (3 credits)
Course Description: Introduction to holistic care in all areas of practice with emphasis on professional behaviors, respect for cultural diversity, therapeutic use of self, ethics, and professional reasoning.

OT 6003 - Science of Occupational Therapy (3 credits)
Course Description: Exploration of scientific inquiry concepts while developing introductory research skills and an understanding of assessment tool psychometrics. It will include principles of literature review, research questions, ethical research practices, and an introduction to research designs.

Fall (15 credits)

OT 6101 - Occupational Analysis & Evaluation in Childhood (4 credits)
Course Description:  Considering the person, the occupation, and their environment, students will analyze occupations and learn about screening and evaluation of pediatric clients. Students will learn about a multitude of populations from varying cultural backgrounds with diverse physical and mental health needs.

OT 6102 - Occupational Analysis & Evaluation in Adulthood (4 credits)
Course Description:  Considering the person, the occupation, and their environment, students will analyze occupations and learn about screening and evaluation of adult clients. Students will learn about a multitude of populations from varying cultural backgrounds with diverse physical and mental health needs.

OT 6103 - Occupational Analysis & Evaluation in Older Adulthood (4 credits)
Course Description: Considering the person, the occupation, and their environment, students will analyze occupations and learn about screening and evaluation of older adult clients. Students will learn about a multitude of populations from varying cultural backgrounds with diverse physical and mental health needs.

OT 6110 – Functional Neuroanatomy (3 credits)
Course Description: Students will learn about the applied study of human neurologic function with emphasis on the development of normal occupational performance and the conditions that affect occupation.

Spring (16 credits) 

OT 6120 - Therapeutic Use of Technology (3 credits)
Course Description: Students will learn foundational concepts relating to technology use within OT practice, with a focus on frameworks associated with technology provision, equipment types, documentation skills, and legislation. 

OT 6201 - Occupational Interventions & Outcomes in Childhood (4 credits)
Course Description: Examining the person, the occupation, and their environment, students will learn about treatment planning, intervention, outcomes, and discharge planning of pediatric clients. Students will learn about a multitude of populations from varying cultural backgrounds with diverse physical and mental health needs.

OT 6202 - Occupational Interventions & Outcomes in Adulthood (4 credits)
Course Description:  Examining the person, the occupation and their environment, students will learn about treatment planning, intervention, outcomes, and discharge planning of adult clients. Students will learn about a multitude of populations from varying cultural backgrounds with diverse physical and mental health needs. 

OT 6203 - Occupational Interventions & Outcomes in Older Adulthood (4 credits)
Course Description:  Examining the person, the occupation and their environment, students will learn about treatment planning, intervention, outcomes, and discharge planning of older adult clients. Students will learn about a multitude of populations from varying cultural backgrounds with diverse physical and mental health needs.

OT6405 -Research Project Preparation (1 credit)
Course Description: In order to continue their research planning, students will speak with faculty members to help finalize a clear research question and locate and analyze appropriate background literature. Students will begin first draft of an HSIRB proposal in preparation for upcoming quantitative and qualitative research courses. 

Summer I (5 credits)

OT 6410 - Quantitative Reasoning (3 credits)
Course Description: Students will build the research skills necessary to engage in scholarly scientific inquiry focused on the results and discussion sections of quantitative research. It will include data analysis, basic statistical procedures, critique of research, funding, and basic computer use for statistical analysis.

OT 6501 - Level I Fieldwork A (2 credits)
Course Description: Students will provide occupational therapy evaluation and treatment under the supervision of a faculty member. Students will develop professional behaviors, documentation skills and clinical skills as they participate in the OT process with clients in the community. A group supervision model is used to facilitate peer learning.

Second Year

Summer II (6 credits)

OT 6420 - Qualitative Reasoning (2 credits)
Course Description: Students will build the research skills necessary to engage in scholarly scientific inquiry focused on the methods, results, and discussion sections of qualitative research. It will include data analysis, interpretation of findings, critique of research, and funding.

OT 6502 - Level I Fieldwork B (2 credits)
Course Description: Students will provide occupational therapy evaluation and treatment under the supervision of a faculty member. Students will develop professional behaviors, documentation skills and clinical skills as they participate in the OT process with clients in the community. A group supervision model is used to facilitate peer learning.

OT 6601 - Leadership, Development, & Advocacy (2 credits)
Course Description: Students will build leadership capacity and identify avenues to intentionally and mindfully inspire others as a practicing occupational therapist. Explore the purpose of advocacy and engagement in strategic actions that influence others within and outside of the field of occupational therapy.

Fall (15 credits)

OT 6430 - Research Dissemination (2 credits)
Course Description: The purpose of this course is to learn the principles of dissemination of research (publication and presentation) including the use of guidelines, procedures, ethics, and feedback.  Development of a presentation will be required. 

OT 6503 - Level I Fieldwork C (4 credits)
Course Description: Students will provide occupational therapy evaluation and treatment under the supervision of a faculty member. Students will develop professional behaviors, documentation skills and clinical skills as they participate in the OT process with clients in the community. A group supervision model is used to facilitate peer learning.

OT 6640 - Theory Application through Professional Reasoning (3 credits)
Course Description: Students will explore the development of various frames of reference, theories and models of practice and learn how to critique and apply them appropriately. Various opinions in the profession and development of the OT body of knowledge will be examined. An emphasis will be placed on the development of professional identity and critical thinking regarding the core tenets of the profession.

OT 7010 - Applications of Therapeutic Modalities (1 credit)
Course Description: Students will understand principles and applications of therapeutic modalities including various superficial and deep thermal agents, cryotherapy, electrotherapeutic modalities and mechanical devices. Training will consist of education on precautions, indications, and contraindications of physical agent modalities. Students will receive constructive feedback on administration of modalities through a proficiency to promote skill development.

OT Elective (3 credits)

Spring (16 credits)

OT 6301 - Advanced Occupational Therapy in Childhood (4 credits)
Course Description: Students will apply advanced clinical reasoning to evaluation, intervention, outcomes, and discharge planning of pediatric clients. Students will learn about a multitude of populations from varying cultural backgrounds with diverse physical and mental health needs. Students will also consider intraprofessional and interprofessional dynamics in various practice settings.

OT 6302 - Advanced Occupational Therapy in Adulthood (4 credits)
Course Description: Students will apply advanced clinical reasoning to evaluation, intervention, outcomes, and discharge planning of adult clients. Students will learn about a multitude of populations from varying cultural backgrounds with diverse physical and mental health needs. Students will also consider intraprofessional and interprofessional dynamics in various practice settings.

OT 6303 - Advanced Occupational Therapy in Older Adulthood (4 credits)
Course Description: Students will apply advanced clinical reasoning to evaluation, intervention, outcomes, and discharge planning older adult clients. Students will learn about a multitude of populations from varying cultural backgrounds with diverse physical and mental health needs. Students will also consider intraprofessional and interprofessional dynamics in various practice settings.

OT 6504 - Level I Fieldwork D (4 credits)
Course Description: Students will provide occupational therapy evaluation and treatment under the supervision of a faculty member. Students will develop professional behaviors, documentation skills and clinical skills as they participate in the OT process with clients in the community. A group supervision model is used to facilitate peer learning.

Summer I (5 credits)

OT 7201 - Capstone Preparation (2 credits)
Course Description: Student will complete a literature review, needs assessment, goals/objectives, and an evaluation plan. Preparation should align with the curriculum design and sequence and is completed prior to the commencement of the 14-week doctoral capstone experience.

OT 7900 - Practice Competency (1 credit)
Course Description: Students will prepare for level II fieldwork by participating in experiential learning with opportunities for reflection to enhance professional growth. Students will receive constructive feedback through a proficiency to promote skill development.

OT 6602 - OT Practice Management (2 credits)
Course Description: Students will build on leadership and advocacy tools to enhance understanding of administration and management including reimbursement systems, supervision of staff, program evaluation, quality management, and development of business plans.

Third Year

Summer II (3-12 credits)

OT 7901- Level IIA Fieldwork (3-12 credits)
Course Description: A twelve-week, full-time affiliation at a community fieldwork site providing the student experience in designated areas of the occupational therapy practice.

Fall (3-12 credits)

OT 7902 - Level IIB Fieldwork (3-12 credits)
Course Description: A twelve-week, full-time affiliation at a community fieldwork site providing the student experience in designated areas of the occupational therapy practice. 

Spring (6 credits)

OT 7202 - Capstone (6 credits)
Course Description: Under the guidance of the departmental Capstone Coordinator, students will complete an approved 14-week doctoral capstone experience in one of the following tracks:  clinical practice skills, research skills, administration, leadership, program and policy development, advocacy, education or theory development.