Occupational Therapy | OTD

The School of Occupational Therapy offers an entry-level Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) program for applicants who have completed a bachelor’s degree and prerequisites.

Occupational therapists help people do the things they want to do, improving their sense of satisfaction and contributing to their subsequent well-being. They work in business and industrial workplaces, community-based programs, health agencies, hospitals, schools and rehabilitation centers. There are a growing number of career opportunities available to occupational therapists.

The first two years of the program are delivered on campus in Hillsboro, Ore., while Year 3 is offered in a distance-based learning environment. Integrated fieldwork opportunities offer local, national and international experience.

Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the National Certification Examination for Occupational Therapists, administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of the exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). Most states also require licensure to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. For additional details, see the certification and licensure page.

The School of Occupational Therapy also offers a re-entry program for OTs re-entering the profession after their licenses have lapsed, as well as a dual-degree track to a graduate certificate in gerontology along with the OTD.

Year 1

Fall Credits
OTD-500: Foundations of Occupation and Occupational Therapy I 4
OTD-510: Human Movement for Occupation 3
OTD-515: Neuroscience for Occupational Performance 3
OTD-520: Introduction to OT Doctorate 2
OTD-530: OT Process with Adults: Psychosocial Challenges I 3
CHP-510: Interprofessional .5
Total 15.5
Winter/Spring Credits
OTD-550: Level IA Fieldwork 2
OTD-505: Foundations of Occupation and Occupational Therapy II 4
OTD-570: Occupational Therapy Process with Adults: Physical Challenges 4
OTD-580: Scholarship and Evidence-Based Practice I 3
OTD-520: Introduction to OT Doctorate 1
OTD-535: OT Process with Adults: Psychosocial Challenges II 3
CHP-511: Interprofessional .5
Total 17.5
Summer Credits
OTD-610: Practitioner as Educator 3
OTD-680: Scholarship and Evidence-Based Practice II 3
OTD-552: Level III Fieldwork 2
Total 8

Year 2

Fall Credits
OTD-670: Occupational Therapy Process with Adults: Neurological Challenges 4
OTD-620: Occupational Therapy Process with Children 4
OTD-630: Community Based Practice I 3
OTD-640: Management of Occupational Therapy Services 3
OTD-654: Level IC Fieldwork 1
Total 15
Winter/Spring Credits
OTD-625: Occupational Therapy Process with Older Children & Adolescents 3
OTD-660: Competencies for OT Practice 3
OTD-631: Community Based Practice II 3
OTD-781: Preparation for Capstone 1
OTD-675: OT Process with Older Adults 4
OTD-656: Level ID Fieldwork 1
Elective(s) Option *
Total 15
Summer Credits
OTD-781: Preparation for Capstone 1
OTD-750: FW IIA Fieldwork 12
Elective(s) Option *
Total 13

Year 3

Fall — Cohort A Credits
OTD-752: FW IIB Fieldwork 12
Total 12
Fall  — Cohort B Credits
OTD-781: Preparation for Capstone 1
OTD-780: Scholarship and Evidence-Based Practice III 3
OTD-710: Leadership, Advocacy and Ethics Applied 3
OTD-720: Advances in OT Practice 3
Elective(s) Option *
Total 10
Winter/Spring — Cohort A Credits
OTD-781: Preparation for Capstone 1
OTD-780: Scholarship and Evidence-Based Practice III 3
OTD-710: Leadership, Advocacy and Ethics Applied 3
OTD-720: Advances in OT Practice 3
Elective(s) Options *
Total 10
Winter/Spring — Cohort B Credits
OTD-752: FW IIB Fieldwork 12
Total  12
Summer Credits
OTD-850: Doctoral Experiential Internship 16
OTD-785: Capstone Project/Scholarship 4
Elective(s) Option *
Total 20

In the Fall of the third year, half of the students are on fieldwork while the other half are doing distance-based coursework. In the Winter/Spring term, the halves switch activities.

In addition to core courses, students take six credits of electives. Electives may be taken at any time. Second year Summer term and third-year Fall and Spring terms were designed to best accommodate electives. Students are discouraged from taking electives in their first semester.

Elective Offerings

OTD-599: Mental Health in a Contemporary Context: An Arts & Health Perspective

OTD-690: Advanced OT Practice in Pediatrics

OTD-694: Advanced OT Psychosocial Practice

OTD-696: Interprofessional Global Health

OTD-698: Teaching & Learning in Higher Education

OTD-730: Health Policy, Disability & Population Practice

GERO-525: Health Literacy & Communication

GERO-550: Aging Brain and Body

GERO-575: Dementia and Memory

GERO-600: Aging and Disability

GERO-625: Health Disparity in Aging

MHA-510: Policy, Regulation & Politics in Healthcare

HCC-610: Introduction to Healthcare Compliance

HCC/MHA-640: Legal Aspects of Healthcare

HCC-630: Privacy and Security

CHP-560: Interprofessional International Experience-Nicaragua I

CHP-561: Interprofessional International Experience-Nicaragua II

Course descriptions are available in the course listings.