Occupational Therapy Doctorate Program

Course Delivery Model

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The curriculum consists of eight consecutive semesters.  The first five semesters include a full-time load of academic classes. Classes are held on weekdays, including some evenings.  While the schedule varies, classes are usually grouped to leave at least two half days open for Level I fieldwork experiences, research projects, group projects, and meetings.  The last three semesters are for Level II fieldwork and the Capstone Experience.  Each of these require full-time participation during the typical working hours/days of the facility offering the experience.

The philosophy of the graduate faculty teaching in the OTD degree program is to make the most effective use of class and laboratory contact time. Therefore, we expect that students will actively engage in independent study, inquiry, and fieldwork outside the classroom to augment learning. We expect students to actively contribute to classroom discussion and laboratory simulations as a means of enriching their own and each other's learning.

We do not recommend that any student attempt to attend the OTD degree program while continuing to be employed full-time. We do not recommend that a student attempt to commute from long distances without an adequate support system in place.

Last Updated: 4/22/21