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.

Program results from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT):

https://secure.nbcot.org/data/schoolstats.aspx

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 1
OTD-530: OT Process with Adults: Psychosocial Challenges I 3
CHP-510/CHP511: Interprofessional 1
Total 15
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-521: Introduction to OT Doctorate 1
OTD-535: OT Process with Adults: Psychosocial Challenges II 3
Total 17
Summer Credits
OTD-640: Management of Occupational Therapy Services 3
OTD-680: Scholarship and Evidence-Based Practice II 3
OTD-645: Professional Cultural Agility 2
OTD-552: Level IB FW international option 1
Total 9

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-771: Doctoral Experiential Internship & Capstone:  Introduction 1
OTD-XXX:  Assistive Technology in Practice 2
OTD-552: Level IB Fieldwork or OTD-654: Level IC Fieldwork or OTD-656: Level ID Fieldwork  (1 or 2 possible 8 week modules in 16 week term) 1
Total 15
Winter/Spring Credits
OTD-625: Occupational Therapy Process with Older Children & Adolescents 4
OTD-660: Competencies for OT Practice 3
OTD-631: Community Based Practice II 3
OTD-772: Doctoral Experiential Internship & Capstone: Scholarship 1
OTD-675: OT Process with Older Adults 4
OTD-552: Level IB Fieldwork or OTD-654: Level IC Fieldwork or OTD-656: Level ID Fieldwork  (1 or 2 possible 8 week modules in 16 week term) 1
Total 16
Summer Credits
OTD-750: FW IIA Fieldwork 12
Total 12

Year 3

Fall — Cohort A Credits
OTD-773: Doctoral Experiential Intership & Capstone: Partnership 1
OTD-752: FW IIB Fieldwork 12
OTD-610 Practitioner as Educator 3
Total 16
Fall  — Cohort B Credits
OTD-773: Doctoral Experiential Intership & Capstone: Partnership 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
Total 10
Winter/Spring — Cohort A Credits
OTD-774: Doctoral Experiential Intership & Capstone: Management 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
Total 10
Winter/Spring — Cohort B Credits
OTD-774: Doctoral Experiential Intership & Capstone: Management 1
OTD-752: FW IIB Fieldwork 12
OTD-610: Practitioner as Educator 3
Total  16
Summer Credits
OTD-850: Doctoral Experiential Internship 16
OTD-785: Capstone Project/Scholarship 4
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.

Elective Offerings

Elective list

Course descriptions are available in the course listings.