OTD Curriculum

OTD Curriculum

The OTD is a 37 month, 116-credit graduate-level professional program completed over the course of nine semesters. Graduates receive a professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy degree.

Hybrid Curriculum

The curriculum uses a hybrid educational approach that blends distance (technology-enhanced) and face-to-face instruction. Students come to campus varying amounts of time each semester for face-to-face interaction with other students and faculty. Check out the course sequence page for specifics about face-to-face times on campus.

Students must complete 24 weeks of Level II fieldwork as well as an individual 14-week capstone experience within [24] months following the completion of the didactic portion of the program. The doctoral capstone experience must be started after completion of all coursework and Level II fieldwork as well as completion of preparatory activities.  

Objectives of the Program 

Evaluate models, policies and systems in settings where occupational therapy services are emerging or delivered. Appraise current and future directions for health care, education, and social service systems that guide practice and service.


Critique health, education, employment, academic and community models that structure emerging OT services. 


Create innovative practice in emerging OT settings.


Analyze policies and develop, formulate procedures for effective OT services.


Evaluate evidence to drive innovative practice for individuals, communities, and populations.

Apply ethical guidelines to complex practice situations.
Identify a problem for a population-, community- or individual- level practice related problem or question.


Appraise evidence relevant to the question or problem and reframe their questions accordingly.


Formulate a research proposal around their practice-related problem or question.


Achieve proficiency in one of the following areas of advanced practice: clinical practice, research, administration, leadership, program and policy development, advocacy, education, or theory development.

Evaluate outcome(s) of their proposed approach.
Compare and contrast 3-4 potential specialty practice areas.


Investigate knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to possess emerging expertise in specialty area.


Select specialty [advanced] practice area.


Develop capstone project in selected specialty area.


Formulate specific individualized capstone objectives and plan.


Develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to possess emerging expertise in specialty [advanced] practice area.


Inspire, empower and lead others to be agents of beneficial change.

Demonstrate emerging expertise through the application of knowledge, skills, and attitudes in specialty area.
Understand leadership practices and how they impact behavior of individuals and groups in organizations. examples across multiple contexts


Analyze leadership examples across multiple contexts


Confidently facilitate development of a shared vision.


Professionally challenge the status quo (e.g. ask critical questions, take risks in groups, learn from mistakes).


Create an atmosphere of trust and dignity

Academic Benchmarks for Graduation

Students must complete the following benchmarks to graduate with a Doctor of Occupational Therapy degree:

  • 116 credits of required OT courses including Level II Fieldwork and Capstone experience
  • Maintaining satisfactory academic progress
  • Satisfactory completion of the Capstone project
  • Satisfactory professional behaviors

See details about Academic Progress in the current handbook (forthcoming).

The commencement ceremony for the Center for Allied Health Programs is held in December, after students have completed coursework, but before completion of Level II Fieldwork and the Capstone project. Formal graduation and the award of the Doctor of Occupational Therapy degree generally occurs following completion of Capstone project.

Academic Complaints

A complaint may be filed when the conduct of another individual has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an individual's academic performance, or of creating an intimidating, hostile, offensive or disruptive environment in which to learn; unfair or inequitable grading or classroom treatment. Information about the University policy can be found on the UWide Policy Library page.

Determining what constitutes inappropriate conduct under this policy will be accomplished on a case-by-case basis and depends upon the specific facts and the context in which the conduct occurs. After receiving a complaint concerning an incident or behavior, the instructor or advisor will gather background information to help inform discussion. Complaints begin with completion of the academic complaint form found on the Forms/Policies page.