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Professional Occupational Therapy Doctorate

Professional Occupational Therapy Doctorate

This fully online, post-professional OTD program is to create exceptionally qualified academic leaders in the occupational therapy education space.  The program will provide occupational therapists with the necessary clinical expertise, who are interested in pursuing a career in academia, the knowledge and the skills to be a highly skilled academic leader or faculty member.  This degree will provide you with a professional edge in academia by uniquely preparing you to oversee academic programs with occupational therapy clinical coursework, apply ACOTE accreditation standards, mentor clinical faculty, and with expertise in financial oversight of clinical programs.

Based on the most recent survey by ACOTE, 76% of faculty are over the age of 40.  Taken together, the increase in number of academic programs and the aging OT population, there is a need to develop a pipeline of qualified OT's who are prepared to step into faculty and academic leadership roles to carry the profession forward.  Currently, most OT professionals who have a doctoral degree have either a clinical OTD for entry to the field or a post-professional doctorate to complement their master's point of entry degree.

Program Details

  • 100% online
  • 30 credit hours
  • Full-time and Part-time options
  • Cohort Model
  • Enrolling for Spring 2023 Cohort
    • Application Deadline: December 9, 2022

Post-Professional Occupational Therapy Doctorate Curriculum

The Post-Professional Occupational Therapy Doctorate program is 9 courses (30 credit hours):

  • 100% Online
  • Full-time and Part-time options
    • Complete the program full-time in 5 semesters taking one course every 7 weeks
    •  Complete the program part-time in 8 semesters taking one course in each semester
  • Cohort Model
  • Enrolling for Spring 2023
    • Application Deadline: December 9, 2022

Learning Outcomes

  • Apply clinical pedagogical theory and evidenced-based scholarship to design, assess, or revise OT or OTA programs.
  • Effectively develop, teach, and evaluate both online and traditional courses.
  • Create OT and OTA curricula with appropriate assessment to effectively document both didactic and competency-based skills.
  • Ensure ACOTE accreditation standards are addressed and embedded throughout the curriculum.
  • Mentor and supervise faculty teaching and scholarship, including those transitioning from clinical backgrounds.
  • Evaluate scholarly literature and engage in evidenced-based research in support of the profession and interprofessional collaboration.

 

Complete the program full-time in 5 semesters taking one course every 7 weeks.

Full-time: 5 Semesters
Spring Semester Year 1
DOTD 720 Pedagogy 3 credits
DOTD 730 Higher Education Leadership 3 credits
Summer Semester Year 1
DOTD 740 Boyers Model of Scholarship 3 credits
DOTD 750 Budgeting 3 credits
Fall Semester Year 1
DOTD 760 Curriculum Development 3 credits
DOTD 770 Effective Assessment 3 credits
Spring Semester Year 2
DOTD 825 Effective Distance Learning 3 credits
DOTD 835 Development of Curriculum to Standards 3 credits
Summer Semester Year 2
DOTD 890 Capstone 6 credits

 

Complete the program part-time in 8 semesters taking one course in each semester.   

Part-time: 8 Semesters
Spring Semester Year 1
DOTD 730 Higher Education Leadership 3 credits
Summer Semester Year 1
DOTD 750 Budgeting 3 credits
Fall Semester Year 1
DOTD 770 Effective Assessment 3 credits
Spring Semester Year 2
DOTD 835 Development of Curriculum to Standards 3 credits
DOTD 720 Pedagogy 3 credits
Summer Semester Year 2
DOTD 740 Boyers Model of Scholarship 3 credits
Fall Semester Year 2
DOTD 760 Curriculum Development 3 credits
Spring Semester Year 3
DOTD 825 Effective Distance Learning 3 credits
Summer Semester Year 3
DOTD 890 Capstone 6 credits

Application Instructions

To be considered you must be a licensed Occupational Therapist and:

  • Hold a master's degree from an accredited program, with 5 years of documented experience in the field of occupational therapy

OR

  • Hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited program, with 8 years of documented experience in the field of occupational therapy; work as a fieldwork educator or teaching experience in an OTA program preferred

Students with a bachelor's degree only:

North Central College provides a pathway into the OTD program for licensed occupational therapists with a bachelor's degree only. Admitted students who hold a bachelor's will be required to start in Fall 2022 and complete 6 credit hours in order to begin the OTD program in January 2023 with the rest of the cohort. 

Steps to Apply

  • Download and complete the application.  Submit completed application to grad@noctrl.edu
  • Submit official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions. 
  • Submit two letters of recommendation that speak to the candidate's commitment to teach in OT or OTA programs.
  • Submit a personal statement addressing your interest in OT or OTA education including how being an educator will satisfy your own professional goals.
  • An interview may be required.

All application materials can be submitted electronically to grad@noctrl.edu or by mail to the School of Graduate and Professional Studies, 30 N. Brainard Street, Naperville, IL 60540.