Chatham University

Professional Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (OTD) Curriculum

The Professional Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (OTD) program is designed for occupational therapy clinicians and/or academicians who want to enhance their careers and be professional leaders. Students learn to apply evidence-based literature and bring practice to a heightened level of professional accountability, develop into a professional leader in areas of public policy, professional advocacy, and business management, gain additional theoretical knowledge and clinical competence, and practice concepts of educational theory and measurement as it relates to both clients and students. Each course is intricately connected to the professional student’s practice focus. Student growth is not simply academic; what is learned in “the classroom” can be applied directly to the student’s work setting. The student will grow into an advanced clinician. The professional student’s practice focus may be the setting in which they work, or may extend into the community or an emerging practice area.

Program Requirements

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30 credits:

OTD740 Occupational Science (3)

Professional students examine landmark occupational science literature and apply learned concepts of human nature and meaningful occupation to observation exercises within their practice focus.

OTD741 Evidence-Based Practice (3)

This course is designed to provide the experienced therapist with a systematic method to critically evaluate and integrate the results of current scientific literature into the clinical decision making process. Students will participate in discussions and practical exercises to articulate clinical questions that can be answered through sources of scientific evidence. Strategies for searching relevant data bases, appraising and evaluating sources of evidence will be presented.

OTD742 Advanced Practice Concepts and Skills (3)

Students apply The Occupational Therapy Practice Framework: Domain and Process (AJOT, 2002) and conceptual models most relevant for their practice focus to evaluation and intervention processes. Additionally, students redesign facility forms to reflect The OT Practice Framework’s language and concepts.

OTD750 Occupational Therapist as Entrepreneur (3)

This course provides the professional student with the knowledge and skills necessary to market and man age an occupational therapy practice in either traditional or emerging healthcare systems. Students develop business plans and marketing strategies and research potential financing through grants or loans. Legal and ethical issues impacting practice are also examined.

OTD751 Applied Evidence-Based Practice (3)

Students continue to develop their ability to critically evaluate scientific evidence within their practice focus. Through a critical review of the literature, the professional student generates an evidence-based plan of assessment or intervention, and develops an IRB proposal. This is linked to subsequent capstone courses OTD770 and OTD771.

OTD752 Education Theory and Technology (3)

This course, through an examination of learning theories, provides the therapist with strategies to develop optimal learning experiences for their students, clients, caregivers, or employers. Coursework is applied directly in the professional student’s educational and/or clinical setting. Students gain skills in current technological tools used in the teaching-learning environment.

OTD760 Leadership and Professionalism (3)

This course examines the meaning of leadership from both a personal and organizational perspective. Students explore leadership theories and styles and the meaning of professionalism through narratives of leaders and related literature. Through group discussion of leadership and professional issues, students reflect and on their own leadership strengths, as well as strategies for applying this knowledge in their professional lives.

OTD766 Methods of Evaluation (3)

Students learn to evaluate the effectiveness of their teaching and therapeutic interventions. Methods for survey and test construction are examined and practiced with consumers of our services: students, clients, and/or caregivers.

OTD770 Capstone I: Design and Implementation (3)

The methods of evidence-based practice culminate in the professional student’s design and implementation of an intervention within their practice setting.

OTD771 Capstone II: Evaluation and Presentation (3)

Students evaluate the efficacy of implemented programs and present their findings. Presentations are conducted on the Chatham University campus to the Master of Occupational Therapy Program’s faculty, students, and area clinicians. Additionally, the professional student writes a report for professional publication or grant application.

Experienced Occupational Therapists who hold a Bachelor's degree in Occupational Therapy but no Master's degree, have the option to bridge into Chatham’s Bachelors-to-OTD program. Before entering the 16-month cohort, students will complete the following pre-requisites. All courses may be completed online at Chatham University:
OTH690 Introduction to Evidence-Based Practice for Occupational Therapists (3)

Students acquire evidence based practice literature skills by learning to search data bases for peer reviewed occupational therapy literature and appraising the evidence in terms of a focusied research question. Students acquire knowledge of principles needed to critically read peer reviewed evidence through instructor demonstration of evidence appraisal, online group discussions/critiques of research articles, and writing assignments that require the student to summarize and paraphrase salient information in professional language.

OTH695 Models of Practice in Occupational Therapy (3)

This course presents occupation based models that guide the practice of occupational therapy. Students will analyze and compare selected models via assigned readings and group discussions. Students will become familiar with elements and characteristics, assessment tools and techniques, treatment planning and intervention strategies, and documentation formats associated with the models presented, and apply selected models to their professional practice.

ENG528 Academic Writing (3)

students develop the writing skills necessary for success in graduate school, including proper citations, time management, and the content and format for two types of research proposals. Students become proficient in the APA style and have the opportunity to resolve grammar and structure problems with the professor.

Typical Program Schedule

OTD Course Track
Beginning SPRING 2015

First Semester

Second Semester

Third Semester

Fourth Semester

Spring 2015

Summer 2015

Fall 2015

Spring 2016

OTD740
7 weeks
OTD750
7 weeks
OTD766
7 weeks
OTD770
7 weeks
OTD741
14 weeks
OTD751
14 weeks
OTD760
6 weeks online; 3 days On-Site
OTD771
7 weeks (2-3 days on-site for Capstone)
OTD742
7 weeks
OTD752
7 weeks
   

OTD Course Track
Beginning FALL 2014

First Semester

Second Semester

Third Semester

Fourth Semester

Fall 2014

Spring 2015

Summer 2015

Fall 2015

OTD740
7 weeks
OTD750
7 weeks
OTD766
7 weeks
OTD770
7 weeks
OTD741
14 weeks
OTD751
14 weeks
OTD760
6 weeks online;
3 days On Site
OTD771
7 weeks (2-3 days on site visit for Capstone)
OTD742
7 weeks
OTD752
7 weeks
   

Post Professional OTD Program Course Sequence

Sequence for FALL Cohorts

Fall:

1: OTD 740: 7 weeks
2: OTD 741: 14 weeks
3: OTD: 742: 7 weeks
Occupational Science
Evidence-Based Practice
Advanced Practice Concepts & Skills

Spring:

1: OTD 750: 7 weeks
2: OTD 751: 14 weeks
3: OTD: 752: 7 weeks
OT as Entrepreneur
Applied Evidence-Based Practice
Education Theory & Technology

Summer:

1: OTD 766 : 7 weeks
3: OTD 760: 3 weeks online; 3 days on-site
Methods of Evaluation
Leadership and Professionalism

2nd Fall:

1: OTD 770: 7 weeks
3: OTD 771: 7 weeks (2-3 days on site)
Capstone I: Design & Implementation
Capstone II: Evaluation & Presentation

Sequence for SPRING Cohorts

Spring:

1: OTD 740: 7 weeks
2: OTD 741: 14 weeks
3: OTD: 742: 7 weeks
Occupational Science
Evidence-Based Practice
Advanced Practice Concepts & Skills

Summer:

1: OTD 750: 7 weeks
2: OTD 751: 14 weeks
3: OTD 752: 7 weeks
OT as Entrepreneur
Applied Evidence-Based Practice
Methods of Evaluation

Fall:

1: OTD 766 : 7 weeks
3: OTD 760 : 6 weeks online; 3 days on-site
Methods of Evaluation
Leadership and Professionalism

2nd Spring:

1: OTD 770: 7 weeks
3: OTD 771: 7 weeks (2-3 days on-site)
Capstone I: Design & Implementation
Capstone II: Design & Implementation