Curriculum | Occupational Therapy

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. The program is designed as a full-time cohort model.

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 14-week doctoral internship.

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 health, 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.

Additional Education Opportunities

Gerontology. Planning to work with older adults? Along with the OTD, the School of Occupational Therapy also partners with the School of Healthcare Administration and Leadership to offer a graduate certificate in gerontology option that focuses on the science and experience of aging and how to improve quality of life in older adults.

Interprofessional Education. Explore models of person-centered healthcare. Students who choose to pursue interprofessional experiences beyond what is required by their degree program can earn the Concentration in Interprofessional Education, offered by the College of Health Professions.