Building and using evidence-based skills in occupations spanning all life stages

OT Program Plan

Overview of Course Sequence

The University of Minnesota’s Occupational Therapy Doctorate courses prepare students to understand, analyze, synthesize and apply content about occupational therapy within a variety of contexts including classroom, home, community, and authentic practice settings. Students learn foundational concepts about how occupations impact the health and wellbeing of persons, communities and populations by first analyzing their occupational selves.

Students register for 15-17 credits per semester aligned to themes of lifespan occupations, understanding foundations, becoming an innovative leader, understanding and building evidence, and learning through experience.

Students also develop OT practice skills through nine courses (21 credits) about occupations spanning child, youth, adult, and older adult life stages and provide a foundation in occupations-based assessment and intervention.

During four one-week Level I fieldwork courses, students simultaneously learn the OT role in specific practice areas such as children and youth, adult, older adult, and mental health OT. Students also participate in two 12-week Level II fieldwork courses that occur after the 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 within one of the following areas of advanced practice:

  • clinical practice
  • research
  • administration
  • leadership
  • program & policy development
  • advocacy
  • education
  • theory development

Many of our program graduates ascend to leadership roles, and our OTD courses aim to develop their innovative leadership potential.  Our curriculum includes a series of four professional development courses and six elective credits that prepare them for roles of manager, educator, program developer and practice analyst, supporting individualized learning in their selected area of focused practice.

Students learn to build and use evidence-based skills and knowledge in a series of three research courses focused on:  the importance of research; types and ethics of research; and, quantitative and qualitative approaches. Students additionally experience quantitative and qualitative research in separate courses, followed by a course on professional and grant writing.

The course sequence below is one example of a student’s pathway to attaining the University of Minnesota’s Doctor of Occupational Therapy degree. Students complete semesters 1-5 as a single cohort, then vary their course completion based on individualized enrollment in Level II fieldwork options.

Example Schedules

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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