Occupational Therapy Post-Professional Doctorate
About This Program
Utica College’s post-professional Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) offers practicing licensed occupational therapists the post-professional degree they need to advance their careers. The program is offered in a hybrid manner with courses offered in both online and on-ground format. The OT courses within the core competencies require weekend mini-residencies (virtual attendance is possible). Electives are provided either on-ground or online. Students may study either full-time or part time.
Why Utica College
Designed specifically for licensed occupational therapy professionals, students are provided with course options allowing them to plan their program of study to focus on individual career goals. Centered on the view of an occupational therapist as change agent, requiring knowledge and skills in a variety of roles, successful graduates complete coursework in advanced practice, education, advocacy, theory development and leadership. A capstone project provides an opportunity to demonstrate achievement of program goals.
Students admitted into the Post-Professional Occupational Therapy Doctorate program must:
- hold a current unencumbered license in occupational therapy,
- either be currently employed in, or have 2 years of experience in, Occupational Therapy,
- have a masters’ degree in occupational therapy or related field with a GPA of 3.0 or above,
- have earned at least 42 credit hours of graduate level work
- provide two (2) recommendations from graduate faculty members or professionals in the field, and
- submit evidence of writing ability (master’s thesis/capstone project or a portfolio of substantial documents) with your application.
What You'll Learn
Successful graduates from this program will become change-agents demonstrating the knowledge and skills to competently perform as:
- Advanced Best-Practice Occupational Therapists - Graduates will be able to analyze and evaluate best practices, synthesizing information from a variety of sources in order to apply those practices to individuals, populations and communities in multiple contexts and across systems.
- Educators - Graduates will be able to analyze and evaluate educational theory, applying that understanding, as well as instructional design, to the creation of educational experiences.
- Advocates - Graduates will be able to apply an understanding of systems analysis to identify when such systems either impede or facilitate occupational justice and health equity. Students will select and appraise strategies for their ability to advocate for systems change.
- Theory Developers - Graduates will be able to apply the process of theory development to an identified area that would benefit from an alternative perspective or model of practice to ensure occupational justice for individuals, populations and communities.
- Leaders - Graduates will be able to analyze and evaluate current models of leadership in order to adopt a model appropriate to a specific context, enabling them as leaders to enact beneficial changes.