OTD Program

A brief overview of the entry-level Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) Program:

  • Applicants must have completed a bachelor's degree
  • Applicants must meet additional admissions prerequisites
  • The first two years are on campus, a third year is distance-based
  • Entrance to the program is in the fall semester only
  • Fieldwork integrated throughout the curriculum (31 weeks plus internship)
  • International fieldwork placements are possible
  • This is not a PhD program; no dissertation is required
  • This is a clinical doctorate program focused on advanced clinical development

Program Overview

The curriculum consists of academic, laboratory and distance-based learning experiences integrated with both part-time and full-time professional fieldwork. Entrance to the program is in the fall semester only; all courses and fieldwork are taken sequentially and completed prior to graduation.

After successful completion of all requirements for the degree, the student is eligible to take the National Board of Certification for Occupational Therapists (NBCOT) certification examination.

Upon successful completion of this examination, the examinee becomes a nationally registered occupational therapist, certified for practice and eligible for state licensure.

Design of the Curriculum

The ultimate goal of our occupational therapy transformational education is to prepare occupational therapists to serve people to participate in the full range of life's everyday activities, or occupations. Scientific evidence shows that meaningful occupational engagement leads to improved health and well-being. The curriculum is supported by the School of Occupational Therapy’s mission, vision,  values, philosophy and design.

Clinical Education

The School of Occupational Therapy's distinctive clinical education program involves three components beginning with practicum experiences in the community and progressing to Level I and Level II fieldwork experiences (over 24 weeks of full-time fieldwork education, plus a 16-week doctoral internship in the student's specialty focus).

The two Level II fieldwork experiences are opportunities to apply academic learning to the practice of occupational therapy in a variety of practice arenas such as developmental disabilities, mental, physical rehabilitation, K-12 schools and geriatrics.

The School of Occupational Therapy affiliates with numerous facilities within the Portland Metropolitan area, Oregon and the United States. Clinical sites are offered in diverse geographic locations. Approximately 20 percent of students have the opportunity to complete fieldwork in a foreign country. New clinical sites are continually added in order to provide variety and quality to the student's clinical experience.

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