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Occupational Therapy Doctorate - Entry Level

Occupational Therapy Doctorate - Entry Level

The mission of the Occupational Therapy program is to prepare highly-competent, entry-level occupational therapy practitioners committed to holistic, client-centered, science-informed practice who value health equity, diversity, team-based healthcare, and community-based practice designed to enhance the life participation and social inclusion of individuals, families, groups and vulnerable populations across the lifespan.

A.T. Still University’s (ATSU) entry-level Doctor of Occupational Therapy program is a 36-month, full-time residential program. Graduates of this program will be prepared to practice in traditional settings as well as trained for innovative and visionary practice to meet society’s occupational needs. They will be equipped to not only work with individuals, groups, and populations but will be prepared for leadership, activism and advocacy with program development as a focus area of study.

Offered through ATSU’s Arizona School of Health Sciences (ATSU-ASHS) on the Mesa, Arizona campus, students will be trained by expert faculty who will model the professional behaviors, attitudes and skills needed to provide client-centered services, build community partnerships, and collaborate on interprofessional teams. Students will be trained in occupation-based, theory-driven and evidence-informed practice. In support of the ATSU mission, the program will prepare students to embody social responsibility and develop knowledge and skills to address occupational and health inequities in society.

Students and faculty will work together in communities of learning to critically evaluate, analyze, interpret and apply information. This systematic and scientific process will be utilized throughout the curriculum and will guide the doctoral experiential component of the program. The doctoral experience will involve building relationships and collaborating with community agencies and their clients to develop occupation-based programs that address the needs of service recipients.

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In addition to required fieldwork experiences distributed throughout the program, Entry-Level Doctor of Occupational Therapy students will have early opportunities to engage in community work in preparation for their doctoral experience. This early exposure will not only prepare students to effectively engage in collaboration with community agencies and develop proficiency in cross-cultural interactions, but will enhance their understanding of social issues that contribute to occupational and health inequities.

Following graduation, students are eligible to sit for the OT certification examination developed by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). Upon passing the NBCOT exam, Entry-Level Doctor of Occupational Therapy graduates are then eligible to apply for state licensure in their state of residence. All states within the United States require licensure in order to practice occupational therapy.

The Entry-Level Doctor of Occupational Therapy program provides graduates with the knowledge and skills to function and practice beyond what is required for entry-level practice. Practitioners will be equipped to meet the evolving needs of dynamic systems and an increasingly diverse society.

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  • Accreditation +

    • A.T. Still University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

      230 S. LaSalle Street; Suite 7-500
      Chicago, IL 60604

      Phone: 800.621.7440 | Fax: 312.263.7462
      Email: info@hlcommission.org

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      The Entry-Level Doctor of Occupational Therapy program has been approved by the Arizona State Board for Private Post-Secondary Education.

      The Entry-Level Doctor of Occupational Therapy program at ATSU has applied for accreditation and has been granted Candidacy Status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449, ACOTE’s telephone number, c/o AOTA is 301.652.2682. ACOTE website: www.acoteonline.org. Letter from ACOTE to prospective applicants.

      The program must have a preaccreditation review, complete an on-site evaluation, and be granted Accreditation Status before its graduates will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT), located at One Bank Street, Suite 300, Gaithersburg, MD 20878, phone: 301.990.7979, fax: 301.869.8492, web: www.nbcot.org. Upon passing the NBCOT exam, Entry-Level Doctor of Occupational Therapy graduates are then eligible to apply for state licensure in their state of residence. All states within the United States require licensure in order to practice occupational therapy. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

      OTD Accreditation Timeline

      Candidacy Approved December 2015
      First Class Starts July 2016
      Initial Report of Self-Study due November 1, 2017
      First class begins Level II Fieldwork January 2018
      ACOTE Preaccreditation Decision April 2018
      Initial on-site evaluation August-November 2018
      ACOTE Accreditation Decision December 2018
      First class begins doctoral experiential component January 2019
      First class graduates August 2019
      NBCOT Certification Examination 2019


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      Information about ACOTE including upcoming events, advocacy & policy, publications, and how to file a complaint can be found at www.aota.org.

  • NBCOT Examination Rates +

    • The first entry-level Doctor of Occupational Therapy cohort will take the NBCOT exam after graduating in June 2019. Therefore, pass rate data is not available at this time and will be posted as it becomes available. For NBCOT certification exam pass rates, please click on the following link: https://secure.nbcot.org/data/schoolstats.aspx.

Occupational Therapy Doctorate - Entry Level Degree Faculty

  • Dean +

      • Randy D. Danielsen, PhD, DFAAPA, PA-C Emeritus Randy D. Danielsen, PhD, DFAAPA, PA-C Emeritus
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        Dr. Danielsen is dean of the Arizona School of Health Sciences. Since graduating from the University of Utah Physician Assistant (PA) Program in 1974, Dr. Danielsen has distinguished himself as a clinician, PA educator, author, and editor. He received his BS in health science (cum laude) from the University of Utah in 1978, his master’s in PA studies (MPAS) from the University of Nebraska with an emphasis on internal medicine in 1997, and his PhD from the Union Institute & University in 2003 with an emphasis on medical education. He completed 16 years with A.T. Still University as academic coordinator (1995-1997), chair of physician assistant studies (1997-2004), and as dean of the Arizona School of Health Sciences (2004-2010) and recently returned as Dean of ASHS. He was honored in 2010 by A.T. Still University with Emeritus Professor status. He has served on the board of directors of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) and as a board member and chairman for National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.

        Earlier in his career, Dr. Danielsen served as president of the Utah Academy of Physician Assistants, the Arizona State Association of PAs, and as chair of the Arizona Regulatory Board for PAs. Retired after 28 years of service in the US Air Force and Army National Guard with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, Dr. Danielsen also is a former president of the Veterans Caucus of the AAPA and was honored with the Caucus’ Civilian PA of the Year Award in 2003.

        Dr. Danielsen was named Outstanding PA of the Year by the AAPA in 1993 and by the Arizona State Association of Physician Assistants in 2011. He currently serves as PA editor-in-chief for Clinician Review. Dr. Danielsen has published over sixteen peer-reviewed articles, eighteen journal editorials, two book chapters, and most recently his first book, entitled The Preceptor’s Handbook for Supervising Physician Assistants, published by Jones & Bartlett Learning. Recently he was selected as a Senior Consultant with the Academy for Academic Leadership.

  • Vice Dean +

      • Annlee Burch, PT, MPH, EdD Annlee Burch, PT, MPH, EdD
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        Dr. Burch is Vice Dean of the Arizona School of Health Sciences. Her primary responsibility is to serve as Chief Operating Officer of the School under the direction of the Dean. In addition, she leads several University- or School- wide initiatives including the Diversity Initiative Task Force and the ASHS Adelante Project. In her role, Dr. Burch represents the School in the Dean’s absence.

        Dr. Burch received her doctor of education (EdD) from Columbia University, Teachers College in 2005. She received her master’s of public health (MPH) from Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health in 2002 and her master’s of physical therapy (MS) from Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1989. She was a postdoctoral fellow with the Research Group on Health Disparities at Teachers College, Columbia University.

        Dr. Burch received her BA in psychology from the University of Rochester. Prior to her appointment as Vice Dean, Dr. Burch served as the Chair of Physical Therapy from 2008-January 2012. Prior to coming to ATSU, Dr. Burch was the Director of Physical Therapy at the University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences Campus in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She has held administrative and/or faculty positions at the International Center for the Disabled in NY, NY, Mercy College in NY, and Long Island University in Brooklyn, NY.

  • Chair and Program Director +

      • Jyothi Gupta, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA Jyothi Gupta, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

        Jyothi Gupta PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, is a tenured full professor and chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy at A.T. Still University in Mesa, Arizona. Dr. Gupta received her doctorate in biological sciences at the University of Windsor, Canada and has held post-doctoral Fellowships at various Canadian universities in biology (University of Waterloo), pharmacology (Dalhousie University), biochemistry and pathology (McMaster University). She obtained her occupational therapy degree from McMaster University. Prior to taking up her current position, Dr. Gupta was tenured professor at St. Catherine University in the Department of Physical Therapy, and held a joint appointment in Occupational Therapy. She developed many local, national and global community partnerships during her tenure at St. Catherine University for inter-professional service learning courses, and for her scholarship.

        Dr. Gupta’s primary scholarly interest is understanding the contextual influences on participation and their impact on community health and well-being. Some of her published studies include workplace experiences of individuals with disabilities, women and children living in chronic poverty, and cross-cultural occupational issues of immigrants and refugees. Naturally, her studies led her into social justice arena and social determinants of health; her current focus is on bridging public health and occupational science, in particular, the life course health development model in the context of racial segregation in rural Mississippi. Her passion for social inclusion and strong interest in sociocultural issues culminated in Culture and Occupation, 3rd Edition (AOTA Press).

        Dr. Gupta has been elected to various positions in the American Occupational Therapy Association. She has served as the research liaison and chair of the Education Special Interest Section, and as chair of the Commission on Education. She served on the lead team for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Institute (2013-2017) and serves on the Multicultural Diversity Initiative. She has authored many official documents of the association. Dr. Gupta was conferred the Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association (FAOTA) in 2013.

  • Faculty +

      • Rachel Diamant, PhD, OTR/L, BCP Rachel Diamant, PhD, OTR/L, BCP
        Professor
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      • Aaron Bonsall PhD, OTR/L Aaron Bonsall PhD, OTR/L
        Assistant Professor
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      • Rebecca L. Wolf, JD, MPH, OTR/L Rebecca L. Wolf, JD, MPH, OTR/L
        Assistant Professor
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      • Michael Gerg, DOT, OTR/L, CHT, CEES, CWCE Michael Gerg, DOT, OTR/L, CHT, CEES, CWCE
        Assistant Professor
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      • Natasha Smet, OTD, OTR/L Natasha Smet, OTD, OTR/L
        Assistant Professor
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      • Jim Farris, PT, PhD Jim Farris, PT, PhD
        Associate Faculty
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      • Kellie C. Huxel Bliven, PhD, ATC Kellie C. Huxel Bliven, PhD, ATC
        Associate Faculty
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      • Chelsea Lohman, PhD, ATC, CSCS Chelsea Lohman, PhD, ATC, CSCS
        Associate Faculty
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      • Sarah Everman, PhD Sarah Everman, PhD
        Associate Faculty
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      • John Imundi, PT, DPT John Imundi, PT, DPT
        Associate Faculty
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  • Staff +

      • Darien Belluomini, BS Darien Belluomini, BS
        Program Coordinator

      • Tami Lofland Tami Lofland
        Administrative Assistant

Occupational Therapy Doctorate - Entry Level Degree Admissions

  • Requirements +

    • Admission Requirements

      1. Candidates accepted for admission will have earned a baccalaureate degree from an U.S. regionally accredited institution prior to matriculation.
      2. Applicants must have achieved a minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA, and a 3.00 science GPA (on a 4.00 scale). Applications will not be considered unless both the cumulative and the science GPA scores meet the stated minimum requirements. Additionally, the ATSU Admissions department does not recalculate GPA.
      3. Applicants are required to submit all official college or academic transcripts.
      4. Applicants are required to obtain a minimum of 30 contact/observation hours in the occupational therapy field. More than one setting is recommended.
      5. Applicants must secure three (3) letters of reference. One of these letters must be written by: a present or former faculty member, academic advisor, or employer. One reference letter should come from a professional from the occupational therapy field or another clinical supervisor. The final letter can come from a reference of your choice, but may not be from a friend or family member. Letters from an educational consulting service will not be accepted. New letters of reference must be submitted for each application year.
      6. Applicants who are considered potential candidates will be invited to participate in an applicant interview process.
      7. Applicants must complete all prerequisite courses by the end of the academic term prior to matriculation at ATSU.
      8. Applicants are expected to be computer literate and experienced in word processing. All curricula require extensive computer usage. Accepted applicants are required to have a laptop computer prior to the first day of class.
      9. Students must obtain and maintain Health Care Provider level of CPR certification from either the American Heart Association (Basic Life Support, CPR and AED for Healthcare Professionals) or the American Red Cross (CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer & Health Care Provider). Verification must be submitted to the Occupational Therapy department prior to enrollment.
      10. Applicants are required to submit to a criminal background check at their own expense. Applicants need to be aware that having a felony conviction might impact a graduate’s future ability to sit for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy Exam and/or ability to obtain state licensure to practice.
      11. All students are required to demonstrate proficiency in English when applying to the Arizona School of Health Sciences, A.T Still University. You can find information on the methods by which you can demonstrate your English Proficiency in the General Admissions section. International Admissions Requirements
      12. Applicants who wish to be considered for more than one ATSU-ASHS program, including both entry-level Occupational Therapy programs, MSOT and OTD (and including Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant, Audiology), must submit separate application fees, transcripts and references. Acceptance to ATSU-ASHS is to a specific program and is not transferable to any other program. Application materials are not transferable from one application year to another.
      13. Applications for the entry-level Doctor of Occupational Therapy program are processed on a rolling admissions basis, which means that seats are offered to qualified applicants beginning in October and ending when all seats are filled. For that reason, applicants are encouraged to apply early as seats fill quickly. Point of entry into the program is only once each academic year with classes beginning in mid-July.

      Prerequisite Courses

      1. Human Anatomy: one course with lab, minimum of 4 semester/6 quarter hours.
      2. Human Physiology: one course with lab, minimum of 4 semester/6 quarter hours (Note: Human Anatomy/Physiology I and II may be substituted for the above courses).
      3. Science: In addition to numbers one and two above, one course for a minimum 3 semester/4 quarter hours from one of the following: Biology, Chemistry, or Physics.
      4. Statistics: one course for a minimum 3 semester/4 quarter hours. Course must be behavioral, education, psychological or mathematical statistics. Business statistics does not fulfill this requirement.
      5. Lifespan Human Development: This requirement can be met by having one course, for a minimum 3 semester/4 quarter hours that covers human development from birth through gerontology. Or it can be met by having a Child development or Child Psychology course, for a minimum 3 semester/4 quarter hours, in addition to a Gerontology or Psychology of Aging course, for a minimum 3 semester/4 quarter hours.
      6. Introduction or General Psychology: one course for a minimum 3 semester/4 quarter hours.
      7. Abnormal Psychology: one course for a minimum 3 semester/4 quarter hours.
      8. Introduction to Sociology OR Cultural Anthropology: One course either in Introduction to Sociology, Introduction to Anthropology or Cultural Anthropology for a minimum 3 semester/4 quarter hours.
      9. English: Two courses of composition, grammar/literature, for a minimum 6 semester/8 quarter hours.
      10. Humanities: Two courses (e.g., philosophy, religion, literature, art, dance, music, logic, ethics, or foreign language), for a minimum 6 semester/8 quarter hours.
      11. Medical Terminology: one course for a minimum 1 semester hour/1 quarter hour.

      Review minimum technology requirements

      For questions, please contact Residential Admissions office at 480.219.6000 or email admissions@atsu.edu.

      Graduation Requirements

      To earn the entry-level Doctor of Occupational Therapy degree, all students must:

      1. Complete with a passing grade, all didactic coursework and maintaining a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75.
      2. Complete with a passing grade, all Level II fieldwork within 24 months of completion of didactic coursework.
      3. Complete with a passing grade, the experiential component of the OTD capstone within 12 months of completion of all Level II fieldwork.
      4. Complete with a passing grade, directed research project and required artifacts.
      5. Discharge all financial obligations to ATSU-ASHS.
      6. Participate in the NBCOT certification exam workshop.
      7. Attend commencement activities and graduation.
  • Application +

    • Applicants will apply online via the Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS). Applications for the entry-level Doctor of Occupational Therapy program are processed on a rolling admissions basis, which means that seats are offered to qualified applicants beginning in October and ending when all seats are filled. Applicants are encouraged to apply early as seats fill quickly. Applications can be submitted to OTCAS beginning in July. Point of entry into the program is only once each academic year with classes beginning in mid-July.

      Once ATSU-ASHS receives a completed OTCAS application and determines that minimum requirements are met, the applicant is notified by email to submit a secondary application fee of $70 for final processing. Upon receipt of this fee, the application then receives full consideration by the Occupational Therapy department.

      For additional information please contact Admissions:
      480.219.6000 or admissions@atsu.edu

  • Tuition+

    • Current tuition for the Doctor of Occupational Therapy program is listed below. Students are also responsible for annual educational supply fees of $1,150. These fees are not included in the tuition figures below and do not include the cost of books and other supplies.

      Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
      $33,116 $33,116 $32,170



      Tuition and fees are subject to change.

  • Frequently Asked Questions+

    • 1. What is the difference between an entry-level master’s degree and the entry-level Occupational Therapy Doctorate degree at ATSU?

      The occupational therapy profession has two options for entry-level practice, a master’s degree or a clinical doctorate degree (OTD). While both the degrees prepare graduates for taking the certification exam required for entry-level practice, the OTD additionally prepares graduates for a focused area of study beyond the entry-level master’s program. In our program, the choices are in innovative practice, activism and advocacy, skills for program development and advanced leadership.

      2. How does the OTD curriculum differ from that of a master’s?

      Key aspects in the OTD curriculum that differentiate it from a master’s curriculum are:

      • Students will work in groups to complete a directed research study and experience the complete research process.
      • The OTD curriculum has a unique 16-week doctoral experiential component, which is an in-depth experience in one or more of the following student-selected areas: advanced clinical practice, research, policy and advocacy, or education.

      3. Does it take longer to complete the OTD degree compared to the master’s?

      Yes, the OTD is a 36-month full-time residential program that has additional curriculum requirements compared to the master’s degree. The OTD degree has a total of 117 credits that is inclusive of a required 12 credit Public Health Certificate. The MSOT is a 27-month program (79 credits).

      4. Why would I want to do one extra year of study when both degrees are entry-level?

      The answer depends on your current life situation and your career goals. If you see yourself holding leadership roles, want to practice in non-traditional areas of practice, go into private practice, consult, etc. OTD will prepare you for these roles.

      5. If a student were to complete at least 27 months of the program but not all 36 would they be granted a master’s degree?

      Currently this is not an option for students who enroll in the OTD program.

      Other aspects of the OTD program include:

      • Full-time residential program, meaning faculty are in the classrooms.
      • Student-centered teaching and accessible faculty.
      • Focus in innovative practice to meet society’s occupational needs as well as prepare students for traditional areas of practice.
      • Students will work in the community to develop programs for diverse groups and populations.
  • Financial Aid+

    • Investing in your future as a student is one of the most important steps you will take in your life. ATSU can help you put together a financially sound aid package that will let you focus on your education instead of worrying about how you will finance it.

      Learn more about your Financial Aid options.

      The Office of Student Aid-Enrollment Services helps with your finances so you can concentrate on your academics. We are here to serve you. Email us at enrollmentservices@atsu.edu or call 660.626.2019.

The Family and Culture


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  • Blackboard Demo Course +

    • An iPad logging into ATSU's app with an open book displayed in the backgroundATSU has set up a demo course of our Blackboard
      Learning Management System for interested students.

      Please go to our guest demo site, and login with:

      Username: OTDEdemo
      Password: guest


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Entry-Level Doctor of Occupational Therapy Curriculum Overview

The entry-level Doctor of Occupational Therapy coursework explores models and skill sets needed for clinical and community practice in unique and emerging healthcare arenas with concurrent demonstration of knowledge and practice skills in traditional settings. The program helps students understand the importance of promoting health and wellbeing, quality of life, and prevention in a variety of practice areas. Specialized coursework coupled with experiential learning in the community ensures that graduates of the program possess the knowledge and skills needed to prepare them to function and practice beyond what is required for entry-level practice as an OT generalist.

*Course titles and descriptions subject to change.

  • Curriculum Plan Overview+

    • Year 1-Fall Semester

      Course Abbreviation Course Number Course Titles Credit
      Session I
      ASHS 6100 Human Anatomy I 4
      OCTH 5210 Foundations I: History and Philosophy of Occupational Therapy 2
      Session II
      ASHS 6200 Human Anatomy II 4
      OCTH 5220 Foundations II: Occupation-Activity Analysis & Synthesis 2
      Semester
      OCTH 5120 Pathophysiology and Conditions 3
      OCTH 5410 Professional Development I: Professionalism 2
      OCTH 5310 Fundamentals of Service Provision: Across Continua of Care 3
      Total Credits: 20


      Year 1-Spring Semester

      Course Abbreviation Course Number Course Titles Credit
      Session I
      OCTH 5140 Analysis of Human Movement 3
      Session II
      OCTH 5320 Basic Patient Care Skills 2
      Semester
      OCTH 5130 Neuroscience: Foundations of Human Behavior 4
      OCTH 5230 Foundations III: Evidence-based Practice 3
      OCTH 5520 Practice Immersion I: Mental Health & Psychosocial Approaches 6
      OCTH 5710 Fieldwork Level I A 1
      Total Credits: 19


      Year 2-Fall Semester

      Course Abbreviation Course Number Course Titles Credit
      Session I
      *PUBH 5000 Introduction to Public Health Concepts 3
      OTDE 7910 Doctoral Seminar I 1
      OCTH 5720 Fieldwork Level I B 1
      OCTH 5730 Fieldwork Level I C 1
      Session II
      OCTH 6550 Modalities 2
      OTDE 7810 Directed Research I 2
      OTDE 6420 Professional Development –II: Health Promotion & Prevention 1
      Semester
      OCTH 6530 Practice Immersion II: Children & Youth 6
      OCTH 6540 Practice Immersion III: Adult Physical Rehabilitation 6
      Total Credits: 23


      Year 2-Spring Semester

      Course Abbreviation Course Number Course Titles Credit
      Semester
      OCTH 6740 Fieldwork Level II A (12 weeks) 6
      Session II
      OTDE 6440 Professional Development III: Administration & Management 3
      OTDE 6450 Professional Development IV: Leadership, Advocacy, & Public Policy 3
      OTDE 6560 Maintaining Health & Wellbeing: Chronic Disease Management 3
      *PUBH 6100 Identifying Community Needs 3
      OTDE 7920 Doctoral Seminar II 2
      OTDE 7820 Directed Research II 2
      Total Credits: 22


      Year 3-Fall Semester

      Course Abbreviation Course Number Course Titles Credit
      Session I
      *PUBH 7500 Development of Community-Based Programs 3
      *HLTH 6500 Behavioral Sciences Health Education Concepts 3
      OTDE 7930 Doctoral Seminar III 3
      OTDE 7830 Directed Research III 3
      Session II
      OCTH 7750 Fieldwork Level II B (12 weeks) 6
      Total Credits: 18


      Year 3-Spring Semester

      Course Abbreviation Course Number Course Titles Credit
      Semester
      OTDE 7940 Doctoral Experience (14 weeks) 8
      OTDE 7950 Doctoral Summit 3
      OTDE 7840 Directed Research IV 3
      OCTH 7460 Practice competency: Certification Exam Prep Course 1
      Total Credits: 15
      OTD degree: 105 credit hours, *Public Health Certificate: 12 credit hours
      Grand Total Credits: 117



      OTDE = Doctoral program only courses OCTH = Courses common to Masters and Doctoral programs

      *Certificate in Public Health (included in the OTD curriculum) All OTD students will be required to obtain the Certificate in Public Health through the College of Graduate Health Studies at A.T. Still University unless a Master’s in Public Health has been previously awarded. These classes are offered online beginning in the fall of the Year 2 OTD. The additional courses are included in the OTD tuition fee. There will not be any tuition reimbursements if you have already been awarded a MPH degree.

      Program Caveat: ASHS-OTD Program reserves the right to require students with a Master’s in Public Health to complete courses in the Certificate in Public Health to fulfill the OTD degree requirements.

      • PUBH 5000 Introduction to Public Health Concepts, Year 2 Fall semester 3 credit hours
      • PUBH 6100 Identifying Community Needs, Year 2 Spring semester 3 credit hours
      • PUBH 7500 Development of Community-Based Programs, Year 3 Fall semester 3 credit hours
      • HLTH 6500 Behavioral Sciences Health Education Concepts, Year 3 Fall semester 3 credit hours

First Year Fall Semester

  • ASHS 6100 Human Anatomy I (4 credit hours)+

    • This blended lecture and lab course is designed to prepare health professions students with appropriate knowledge of the structure, function, and clinical application of human anatomy. Prosected human cadaver laboratory is a required and essential component of the course. Following this course, students should be able to identify and discuss the clinical correlation of specific structures of the head, neck, back, thorax and abdomen.

  • ASHS 6200 Human Anatomy II (4 credit hours)+

    • This blended lecture and lab course is designed to prepare health professions students with appropriate knowledge of the structure, function, and clinical application of human anatomy. Prosected human cadaver laboratory is a required and essential component of the course. Following this course, students should be able to identify and discuss the clinical correlation of specific structures of the pelvis, perineum, lower extremity and upper extremity.

  • OCTH 5120 Pathophysiology and Conditions (3 credit hours)+

    • This course will discuss the etiology, pathogenesis, and disease manifestation in body structures/body functions with emphasis on the signs and symptoms of disease and their subsequent impairments. Conditions typically seen by occupational therapists will be discussed to form connections between impairment, activity limitations, occupational and performance issues.

  • OCTH 5220 Foundations II: Occupation-Based Activity Analysis & Synthesis (2 credit hours)+

    • This course will introduce students to activity analysis for the therapeutic use of everyday occupation in health development, healing, recovery and enhancing quality of life. Historical and contemporary use of creative activities will be discussed. Students will experience and gain insight into the person factors (physical, affective, and cognitive) and contextual demands of various tasks, activities, and occupations.

  • OCTH 5310 Fundamentals of Service Provision: Across the Continua of Care (3 credit hours)+

    • This course takes a health development and life course perspective to address occupational transitions and disruptions. The occupational therapy practice contexts will span from neonatal care, school, and work to aging-in-place and end of life and hospice care. Students will learn the impact of occupational loss and gains on health, well-being, and quality of life. The fundamental role of context to access and opportunities for occupational engagement and occupational therapy services will be addressed.

  • OCTH 5410 Professional Development I: Professionalism (2 credit hours)+

    • This course will focus on bridging theoretical concepts and practice in working with individuals in their everyday contexts. Students will learn the basics of clinical reasoning; critically examine client-centered practice and ethical decision making, cultural humility, and the therapeutic use of self in the creation of the reflective practitioner.

First Year Spring Semester

  • OCTH 5130 Neuroscience: Foundations for Human Behavior (4 credit hours)+

    • This course introduces students to the development, structure, and function of the central and peripheral nervous systems. A systems approach will be used to describe neuroscience as a basis of human behavior. Implications of neurological dysfunction to performance of daily occupations will demonstrate relevance to practice. This course will adopt a case-based approach to analyze neurological conditions commonly encountered in rehabilitation.

  • OCTH 5140 Analysis of Human Movement (3 credit hours)+

    • Students will understand theoretical concepts and principles of kinesiology and biomechanics as it relates to occupational performance. Relevant clinical conditions will be used to apply biomechanical concepts to disorder of movement in osteoarthritis, spinal cord injury, hip fracture, connective tissue injury, peripheral nerve injury, and work related musculoskeletal injury. Requisite: ASHS6100, ASHS6200

  • OCTH 5230 Foundations III: Evidence-Based Practice (3 credit hours)+

    • This course is designed to enable the occupational therapy clinical decision-making process from the evidence based practice perspective. The course will cover topics related to the EBP process, framing clinical questions to enhance clinical decision-making, searching literature, critical appraisal, integration and evaluation of evidence, grading levels of evidence and strength of recommendations, and statistical terminology related to EBP.

  • OCTH 5320 Basic Patient Care Skills (2 credit hours)+

    • This course will include the performance of basic patient care skills required by rehabilitation personnel. Course includes blood borne pathogens, universal safety precautions, vital signs, positioning, draping, transfers, lifting, an introduction to sterile procedure and isolation techniques, wheelchair handling, ambulation with assistive devices, environmental barriers, and basic patient care equipment. Professional issues of documentation and role differentiations are also introduced.

  • OCTH 5520 Practice Immersion I: Mental Health & Psychosocial Practice (6 credit hours)+

    • The overall purpose of this course is to prepare the student to assess and provide occupation-based interventions that address the psychosocial needs of clients across the lifespan. Students will be able to design and deliver occupational therapy services based upon appropriate theoretical models and frames of reference that can be used across a variety of systems and settings, including but not limited to behavioral health/psychiatric, community and education based settings. Students will develop an understanding of group dynamics, phases of group development, group roles, conflict resolution, problem solving, and therapeutic groups are discussed. Students will develop intervention group protocols typically used in mental health, lead groups, and process the outcomes.

  • OCTH 5710 Fieldwork Level I A (1 credit hour)+

    • Each Level I Fieldwork is a one-week full-time experience. The purpose of the Level I Fieldwork experiences are to expose students to experiences so that they get comfortable working with clients in a variety of settings, apply and enhance their didactic learning through observation and participation in some aspects of the occupational therapy process.

Second Year Fall Semester

  • PUBH 5000 Introduction to Public Health Concepts (3 credit hours)+

    • This course is a comprehensive introduction to public health within the context of the U.S. healthcare system. Contents include the concept of public health, its problems in the context of social and community factors, its development from a historical perspective, the role and mission of public health organizations, and an overview of current public health concepts, models, and policy.

  • OCTH 5720 Fieldwork Level I B (1 credit hour)+

    • Each Level I Fieldwork is a one-week full-time experience. The purpose of the Level I Fieldwork experiences are to expose students to experiences so that they get comfortable working with clients in a variety of settings, apply and enhance their didactic learning through observation and participation in some aspects of the occupational therapy process.

  • OCTH 5730 Fieldwork Level I C (1 credit hour)+

    • Each Level I Fieldwork is a one-week full-time experience. The purpose of the Level I Fieldwork experiences are to expose students to experiences so that they get comfortable working with clients in a variety of settings, apply and enhance their didactic learning through observation and participation in some aspects of the occupational therapy process.

  • OCDE 6420 Professional Development II: Health Promotion and Prevention (1 credit hour)+

    • This course is designed to stimulate critical thinking about occupation as a health determinant, and its relationship to well-being, participation, and social inclusion. The relevance of contextual factors and social determinants of health on occupational access and opportunities will be the central theme of this course. Concepts of social justice, occupational justice, and health justice will be the key constructs introduced in this course.

  • OCTH 6530 Practice Immersion II: Children & Youth (6 credit hours)+

    • The course will introduce students to aspects of the occupational therapy process in a variety of pediatric settings with special attention to family-centered care and collaborations with other professionals. Typical and atypical development will be discussed within the context of community, family, and school environments. Students will explore occupational therapy process with children and youth, relevant theories, models and frames of reference, and learn evidence-based practice and clinical guidelines. This practice course will help students with client-centered, evidence-based, and ethical decision making with children and youth. Requisite: OCTH5130, OCTH5140

  • OCTH 6540 Practice Immersion III: Adults Physical Rehabilitation (6 credit hours)+

    • This course will introduce students to the occupational therapy process for adults with physical dysfunction who experience difficulties with everyday occupations. Students will be prepared as generalists in physical rehabilitation for adults with different conditions, in a variety of current practice settings [e.g. hospital (acute, sub-acute), community (outpatient, home and long-term care)], and service delivery models. Students will learn relevant evidence-supported theoretical perspectives, models and frames of references, evidence-based practice literature, and clinical guidelines in physical rehabilitation. This practice course will help students with client-centered, evidence-based, and ethical decision making with adults. Requisite: OCTH5130, OCTH5140,

      OCTH5220, OCTH5320

  • OCTH 6550 Modalities (2 credit hours)+

    • This course provides instruction on preparatory therapeutic interventions for occupational engagement. Course content will include the instruction, application and assessment of the use of physical agent modalities, splinting, and taping techniques. Indications and contraindications will be discussed for each technique or modality presented. Reimbursement and documentation for use of modalities will be discussed.

  • OTDE 7810 Directed Research I (2 credit hours)+

    • This course is the first in the directed research series, and introduces students to the research process. Students will participate in faculty-led research projects and develop an understanding of the area of study and begin the literature review process.

  • OTDE 7910 Doctoral Seminar I (1 credit hour)+

    • In this doctoral experience component (DEC) preparatory course, students will identify a project idea and conduct a review of literature incorporating works from within and outside the body of OT literature. Based on literature review, students will prepare the proposal for their Doctoral Experience component.

Second Year Spring Semester

  • OTDE 6440 Professional Development III: Administration & Management (3 credit hours)+

    • This class focuses on the principles of organization and management in the health care system today. Administration and management in occupational therapy across practice settings with focus on an overview of payment systems, departmental organization, marketing, supervision, quality improvement and program evaluation. Models covered include nonprofit, proprietary, entrepreneurial, and corporate facilities. Systems of managed care and changes in health care delivery are examined.

  • OTDE 6450 Professional Development IV: Leadership, Activism & Advocacy (3 credit hours)+

    • Leadership theories and their application in occupational therapy are explored. This course will explore avenues of leadership for novice occupational therapists. Students will learn advocacy skills needed to represent individual, community, and population-based concerns. Students will be exposed to activism strategies necessary to influence systems, current policy/legislation, and promoting social change for under-served populations.

  • OTDE 6560 Maintaining Health & Wellbeing: Chronic Disease Management (3 credit hours)+

    • Students will learn how as occupational therapists they can enhance the quality of life for those who experience age-related changes and/or chronic disease conditions. Students will examine topics within public health and epidemiology and expand their knowledge of the OT’s capacity to prevent disability and activity limitations and to promote health, participation, and social inclusion.

  • PUBH 6100 Identifying Community Health Needs (3 credit hours)+

    • Needs and capacity assessment strategies are designed for people planning to practice within the fields of public health, health promotion, or health education. Students take an in-depth look at individual, group, and self-directed assessment strategies. This course gives students an opportunity to practice learned skills, decipher what assessments are best for a given situation, and learn how to implement their new skills within their professional environments.

  • OTDE 7820 Directed Research II (2 credit hours)+

    • In this segment of the directed research series, students will focus on writing the final literature review, and understand the research study design and methods best suited to answer the research question.

  • OTDE 7920 Doctoral Seminar II (2 credit hours)+

    • Students will continue the preparatory work started in OTDE 7910 and further refine their project ideas and proposal. Students will explore different sites for their experiential learning, and site mentor. By the end of the course, students will be expected to propose a draft plan for a program development relevant to meeting an identified need at their practice site or with a community partner. Requisite: OTDE 7910

Third Year Fall Semester

  • HLTH 6500 Behavioral Sciences and Health Education Concepts (3 credit hours)+

    • Social and epidemiological basis of health education overviews are provided. Tools are developed for assessment of community, institutional, and individual educational needs. Planning, implementation, and evaluation of health education programs designed to develop and reinforce positive health promotion and prevention practices are explored.

  • OTDE 7830 Directed Research III (3 credit hours)+

    • In this phase of the directed research series, students will develop the research proposal and obtain IRB approval for conducting research. Data collection may commence at this stage pending approval from IRB.

  • OTDE 7930 Doctoral Seminar III (3 credit hours)+

    • Students in this course will finalize plans for their doctoral experience component (DEC), prepare all materials needed for the 14-week capstone project implementation, and identify outcome measures for their project. Requisite: OTDE 7910 and OTDE 7920

Third Year Spring Semester

  • OCTH 7460 Practice Competency: Certification Exam Prep Course (1 credit hour)+

    • Students will attend a two-day course that will provide information, learning activities, practice questions, and study strategies to use in preparation for taking the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy. This course is a programmatic requirement to establish competency for entry-level practice prior to graduation.

  • OTDE 7840 Directed Research IV (3 credit hours)+

    • In this penultimate course of the directed research series, students will focus on data analysis and interpretation of results of their faculty led research study. Students will develop the final product of the directed study and prepare to disseminate it in a public forum.

  • OTDE 7940 Doctoral Experience (8 credit hours)+

    • The doctoral experiential component is an in-depth experience that prepares students beyond the entry-level (advanced), in one or more of the following: clinical practice skills, research skills, administration, leadership, program and policy development, advocacy, education, or theory development. Students will work closely with assigned faculty advisor to implement and evaluate the project they have developed in collaboration with their community site, with oversight from their faculty advisor. Requisite: OTDE 7910, OTDE 7920 and OTDE 7930. Additionally, all Fieldwork experiences must be completed before a student can start their doctoral experiential component (DEC).

  • OTDE 7950 Doctoral Summit (3 credit hours)+

    • This seminar will include the public dissemination of the Doctoral experience capstone project. Formal presentations that showcase the work and outcomes will be made to the campus community. Students will be required to prepare the final product (report/manuscript) to be ready for submission in a peer-reviewed professional venue (i.e. professional journal, state or national professional conference, etc.).

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