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Occupational Therapy, Post-professional Occupational Therapy Doctorate (O.T.D.)

Curriculum

The program is a part-time distance education post-professional program for students with an occupational therapy degree. It combines Web-based instruction with on-campus meetings twice a year, in August and January. This program follows the traditional fall and spring semester schedule; summer courses are required for students entering with a bachelor’5s degree and are optional for students entering with a master’s degree. The curriculum consists of leadership, research/scientific foundation and theory practice foundation core courses, along with electives for concentrated study.

The curriculum for an occupational therapist entering with a baccalaureate degree includes the following 47 credit hours of courses:


Leadership core
Credits
OCCT 736 Developing Fundable Projects
3
OCCT 739 Program Development and Evaluation
3
OCCT 740 Concepts in Disability Leadership for Occupational Therapists 
3
OCCT 741 Disability Leadership Applications for Occupational Therapists
3
OCCT 742 Practicum in Leadership for Occupational Therapists
4
OCCT 743 Synthesis and Evaluation of Capstone Leadership Project
2
Total
18
Research/scientific foundation core 
OCCT 710 Quantitative Research Processes
4
OCCT 735 Evidence Bases for Occupational Therapy Practice
3
Total
7
Theory/practice foundation core
OCCT 671 Advanced Theory in Occupational Therapy
4
OCCT 673 Health-care Delivery and Occupational Therapy Practice Models
3
OCCT 685 Advanced Clinical Reasoning: Asking the Right Questions
3
OCCT 686 Advanced Clinical Reasoning Applications
3
Total
13
 
Electives
9
Program total
47

The curriculum for an occupational therapist entering with a master’s degree includes the following 32 credit hours of courses:


Leadership core
Credits
OCCT 736 Developing Fundable Projects
OCCT 739 Program Development and Evaluation
3
3
OCCT 740 Concepts in Disability Leadership for Occupational Therapists 
3
OCCT 741 Disability Leadership Applications for Occupational Therapists
3
OCCT 742 Practicum in Leadership for Occupational Therapists
4
OCCT 743 Synthesis and Evaluation of Capstone Leadership Project
2
Total
18
Research/scientific foundation core 
OCCT 710 Quantitative Research Processes
4
OCCT 735 Evidence Bases for Occupational Therapy Practice
3
Total
7
Theory/practice foundation core
OCCT 671 Advanced Theory in Occupational Therapy
4
OCCT 673 Health-care Delivery and Occupational Therapy Practice Models
3
Total
7
Program total
32

For additional information, visit the Department of Occupational Therapy Web site at www.sahp.vcu.edu/occu.

 

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