OTD Course Sequence

Overview of Course Sequence

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OTD courses prepare students to understand, apply, analyze and synthesize content about occupational therapy while applying these concepts in a variety of contexts ranging from classroom, home, community, and authentic practice settings. Students first learn foundational concepts about how occupations impact health and wellbeing of persons, communities and populations by first analyzing their occupational selves.

Students develop OT process skills for persons, communities and populations in 9 courses about occupations across the lifespan. These courses occur across three sequential semesters and provide a foundation in occupations-based assessment and intervention. Simultaneously, students participate in four one-week level I fieldwork experiences, each pertaining to one core developmental stage and one focused on mental health practice. Students also participate in two 12-week Level II fieldwork experiences that occur after spring semester of their second year and before they start a final Capstone experience and project.

All OTD students conduct a final Capstone experience and project in one of the following areas of advanced area of practice: clinical practice, research, administration, leadership, program & policy development, advocacy, education, or theory development. Students complete 6 elective credits to support individualized learning in their selected area of advanced practice.

The OTD courses aim to develop innovative leaders, first through a series of 4 professional development courses and then within 6 courses that prepare them for roles of manager, educator, program developer and practice analyst.

Students learn to build and use evidence in a series of 3 research courses where students first learn the importance of research, types and ethics of research, and quantitative and qualitative approaches. In addition, students experience quantitative research and qualitative research in separate courses followed by a course on professional and grant writing.

The course sequence below is one example of a pathway to the OTD degree. Students complete semesters 1-5 as a single cohort, then vary course completion based on individualized enrollment in Level II fieldwork options. The example below is one such option.

 

 

Example Schedule

 

Year One 

Fall - Semester One

Course 
Credits 
 Orientation to CAHP and OT Program (completed in summer)  0
 OT 7111 Professional Development in OT I  2
 OT 7121 Foundations of OT  8
 OT 7122 Mind & Body: Aspects of OT Practice  2
 OT 7175 Level I Fieldwork: Child/ Youth OR OT 7176 Level I Fieldwork: Adults OR OT 7177 Level I Fieldwork: Older Adults  1
 OT 7141 Body Structure & Function I  3
Total Credits 16

 

Spring - Semester Two

Course Credits
OT 7211 Professional Development in OT II 2
OT 7221 OT Process: Child & Youth I 3
OT 7222 OT Process: Adults I 3
OT 7223 OT Process: Older Adults I 3
OT 7175 Level I Fieldwork: Child/ Youth OR OT 7176 Level I Fieldwork: Adults OR OT 7177 Level I Fieldwork: Older Adults OR OT 7271 Level I Fieldwork: Mental Health 1
OT 7231 Critical Inquiry in OT 2
OT 7242 Body Structure & Function II 2
Total Credits 16


Summer - Semester Three (8 weeks)

Course 
Credits 
OT 7332 Quantitative Research in OT 2
OT 7343 Body Structure & Function III 4
Total Credits 6

 

Year Two 

Fall - Semester Four

 Course  Credits
 OT 7411 Professional Development in OT III  2
 OT 7421 OT Process: Child & Youth II  3
 OT 7422 OT Process: Adults II  3
 OT 7423 OT Process: Older Adults II  3
 OT 7175 Level I Fieldwork: Child/ Youth OR OT 7176 Level I Fieldwork: Adults OR OT 7177 Level I Fieldwork: Older Adults OR OT 7271 Level I Fieldwork: Mental Health  1
 OT 7431 Qualitative Inquiry in OT  2
 OT 7451 OT Capstone Preparation I  1
 OT 7891 Electives (can be Independent Study)  0-6
 Total Credits  16

 

Spring - Semester Five

 Course  Credits
 OT 7511 Professional Development in OT IV  2
 OT 7521 OT Process: Child & Youth III  3
 OT 7522 OT Process: Adults III  3
 OT 7523 OT Process: Older Adults III  3
 OT 7175 Level I Fieldwork: Child/ Youth OR OT 7176 Level I Fieldwork: Adults OR OT 7177 Level I Fieldwork: Older Adults OR OT 7271 Level I Fieldwork: Mental Health  1
 OT 7541 Assistive Technology & Orthotics in OT Practice  4
 OT 7552 OT Capstone Preparation II  1
  OT 7891 Electives (can be Independent Study)  0-6
 Total Credits (recommended maximum credits)  17 

 

Summer - Semester Six (8-12 weeks)

 Course  Credits
 OT 7653 OT Capstone Preparation III  1
 OT  7641 Management of OT Practice  2
 OT 7821 Systems of OT Practice  2
 OT 7831 Professional & Grant Writing for Occupational Therapists  2
 OT 7841 Program Development for Occupational Therapists  2
 OT 7842 Teaching & learning in Occupational Therapy  1
 OT 7695 Level II Fieldwork  6-9
 OT 7891 Electives (can be Independent Study)  0-6
 Total Credits (recommended maximum credits)  12 

 

Year Three

 

Fall - Semester Seven

 Course  Credits
 OT 7754 OT Capstone Preparation IV  1
 OT 7641 Management of OT Practice  2
 OT 7821 Systems of OT Practice  2
 OT 7831 Professional & Grant Writing for Occupational Therapists  2
 OT 7841 Program Development for Occupational Therapists  2
 OT 7842 Teaching & Learning in Occupational Therapy  1
 OT 7695 Level II Fieldwork   6-9
 OT 7891 Electives (can be Independent Study)  0-6
 Total Credits (recommended maximum credits)  17 

Spring - Semester Eight

 Course  Credits
 OT 7855 Seminar in Current OT Practice Issues  1
 OT 7821 Systems of OT Practice  2
 OT 7831 Professional & Grant Writing for Occupational Therapists  2
 OT 7841 Program Development for Occupational Therapists  2
 OT 7842 Teaching & Learning in Occupational Therapy  1
 OT 7695 Level II Fieldwork II  6-9
OT 7891 Electives (can be Independent Study)  0-6
Total Credits (recommended maximum credits)  17 
   

Summer - Semester Nine

 Course  Credits
 OT 8995 OTD Advanced Practice Capstone Experience & Project  10
 Total Credits  10
 Total Curriculum Credits  
116

Of note, the program plans four different level II fieldwork sequence options for students once they have finished the OT process course series, believing that these fieldworks are when students can most easily integrate more advanced concepts. Options are based on whether students complete two level II fieldwork courses in series or if they complete one eight week fieldwork across each of three semesters (see attached options). The Program strives towards its mission of enhance health and wellbeing of the community by supporting level I and level II fieldwork in community settings across 12 months to support continuity of care. We believe this will enable our Program to be innovative leaders in our community by better supporting community fieldworks.