Occupational Therapy, OTD

Program Description

Occupational therapy is an evidence-based healthcare profession deeply rooted in science that helps people across the lifespan adapt to injury, illness, or disability through therapeutic intervention. The proposed Occupational Therapy Doctoral Degree (OTD) is a 108 credit, entry-level program that emphasizes the understanding that engagement in everyday activities is essential to the development, adaptation, and well-being of individuals and populations across the lifespan. The entry-level nature of the program is interpreted to mean that entering students need only a bachelor's degree to be admitted and reflects the direction of the discipline as further explained below. The program will prepare students to assist clients who are limited by physical, cognitive, psychosocial, developmental, and environmental conditions in order to maximize their independence and maintain optimum health and wellness. Students will engage in exemplary learning activities and training opportunities within an interdisciplinary team working with multiculturally diverse populations and engaging in rural and global health services within the context of community based practices. 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) for licensure in Utah. In Utah, occupational therapists are licensed by the Utah Board of Occupational Therapy (https://dopl.utah.gov/ot/). Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

Apply through the Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS). 
B.A. or B.S. from a regionally accredited institution or the equivalent for international students with the following prerequisites (with a grade of C or higher) or equivalent from other institutions: 

  • Human Anatomy and Human Physiology 
  • Kinesiology or Biomechanics
  • Statistics
  • Sociology or Anthropology
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Human Development Across the Lifespan
  • Medical Terminology 

 Additional Requirements:

  • 20 hours of occupational therapy observation 
  • Three letters of recommendation one of which must be from an occupational therapist 
  • Personal Essay 
  • International students must demonstrate language proficiency in Standard American English.
  • Criminal background check**
  • Technical standards form (will be made available upon acceptance)
  • Coursework completed at another university within the past five (5) years will be reviewed by the faculty admissions committee to determine whether students should receive credit 

 Note: ** Can be completed between acceptance and program start. 

Program Curriculum

108 credits

OTD 7111Analysis and Measurement of Movement5
OTD 7112Foundations of Occupational Therapy Practice3
OTD 7113Human Conditions3
OTD 7114Foundations of Research3
OTD 7115Fieldwork Seminar1
OTD 7121Neuroscience for Occupational Therapy Practice4
OTD 7122Occupational Development Across the Lifespan3
OTD 7123 Occupational Analysis3
OTD 7124Advanced Research 3
OTD 7125Capstone Seminar I1
OTD 7131Assessments of Occupation3
OTD 7132Behavioral Health Interventions and Group Process 6
OTD 7133Fieldwork IA 1
OTD 7134 Capstone Seminar II 1
OTD 7211Leadership, Ethics, and Advocacy in Occupational Therapy3
OTD 7212Children and Youth Interventions 6
OTD 7213 Fieldwork IB 1
OTD 7214Technology in Practice2
OTD 7215Rural and Population Health3
OTD 7216Capstone Seminar III1
OTD 7221Clinical Reasoning3
OTD 7222Adult Interventions 6
OTD 7223Fieldwork IC1
OTD 7224Business Practices3
OTD 7225Capstone Seminar IV 2
OTD 7231Fieldwork IIA11
OTD 7232Capstone Seminar V1
OTD 7311Fieldwork IIB11
OTD 7312Capstone Seminar VI1
OTD 7321Capstone13
Total Hours108

Graduation Requirements

  1. Complete 108 required credits with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, no individual course grade lower than a C, a final grade of S for those courses that are S/N, and satisfactory professional behaviors.
  2. Complete all program and university requirements.
  3. Apply for graduation by the dates posted.