Curriculum and Course Descriptions

Course Number/Title

When course is offered



OTD 865 Occupation Based Practice

fall, odd years

OTD 835 Quantitative Evidence

spring, even years

OTD 880 Program Evaluation

summer, even years

OTD 875 Professional Development

fall, even years

OTD 860 Theory and Practice

spring, odd years

* can be offered 1-3 credits per semester


OTD 850 Teaching Practicum

fall, spring, summer each year

OTD 885 Advanced Practicum

fall, spring, summer each year

OTD 890 Capstone

fall, spring, summer each year




fall, spring, summer each year


fall, spring, summer each year


fall, spring, summer each year


fall, spring, summer each year


OTD 835 Quantitative Research for Applied Science (3)
Research relevant to therapeutic intervention comes from a variety of disciplines involving varied research designs and analysis strategies. Students in this course will examine selected research studies and gain skill in analyzing methods and results as well as in applying research findings to practical problems. Students will conduct a systematic review on a specific area of occupational therapy practice.

OTD 860 Theory and Practice in Occupational Therapy (3)
This course will cover major theoretical frameworks and practice models in occupational therapy. The history of occupational therapy will be included to provide a basis for understanding the evolution of the profession as well as past and current issues and trends. Students will learn how to critically analyze theories, evaluate research evidence related to specific theories and practice models, and assess pragmatic issues in applying practice models to specific settings and populations.

OTD 865 Theory Based Practice/Occupation Based Practice (3)

This course is designed to critically review Occupational Therapy theories, research, practice models and frameworks using the tenets of occupation based practice. Students will analyze seminal literature from occupational science and relate theory and evidence to practice. Students will review their specified
area of practice to develop a proposed method of practice that incorporates empirical evidence and
practice methods. Finally, students will select a mentor from their practice area to review their proposal. Critical feedback will be incorporated into a final presentation and paper.

OTD 875 Professional Development (3)
This course will explore professional development from an advanced practice perspective. Students will examine aspects of advanced practice such as leadership (both work and professional) , management, group and system communication and change agency. They will explore these topics  within their current practice settings and select an area of advanced skills to explore in more depth. Students will develop an understanding of how they can impact systems and contribute to the development of the occupational therapy profession. No prerequisites are required.

OTD 880 Program Evaluation (3)
Leadership in areas of specialty practice will require our graduates to critically evaluate their practice programs. In this course, students will explore the traditional and innovative ways to evaluate professional services and systems, and they will develop skills to conduct program evaluations. Students will examine the purpose and process of program evaluations in a variety of clinical settings. Through lecture, discussion and a project they will develop and execute a program evaluation in their area of practice.


OTD 850 Teaching Practicum (3)
The purpose of this course is to provide practical learning whereby students receive individual mentorship for the development, implementation and evaluation of a teaching experience. Students will be responsible for developing the material, instructing students, grading assignments and evaluating the teaching experience.  The teaching experience is expected to include at least 12 hours of face to face instruction (or the equivalent in on-line teaching or written materials). Teaching experiences can
include MOT program lectures or labs, continuing education workshops, patient education programs, or staff inservices or another experience that meets the time and competency requirements. Prerequisite: A graduate level teaching methods course such as NSG 873, NSG 874, C & T 740, C & T 840

OTD 885 Advanced Practicum (3)
This practicum is designed to span 400 hours. Students will identify an area of practice through which they want to develop clinical initiatives and leadership. Selected field experiences will provide opportunities for program development, leadership, and information dissemination. Upon completion, the students will provide his or her clinical team with a program, or research based initiative, along with specified program evaluation methods. Permission of department & continuous enrollment until completion of competencies.

OTD 890 Capstone Project (3)
The capstone project will comprise a written report that involves both literature and field research activity. A capstone project report represents the application of knowledge as well as the search for it, and differs from a thesis such that student opinion and experience is involved. The student must negotiate capstone objectives, evaluation standards and any potential approvals prior to her or her practicum. Prerequisite: Permission of department and continuous enrollment until competencies totaling 6 credit hours are completed


OTD 899 Special Projects (3)
This is an elective course that allows students to pursue areas of special interest under the direction of a doctoral faculty member of his or her choice. This course is designed to support doctoral training. Academic options range from research based studies and/or activities to critical analysis of clinical practice methods. Students will complete special projects relevant to their designated practice area of interest. Students must negotiate learning objectives, academic projects and evaluation standards with their mentor. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Permission of department

Pre-OTD Credits when entering with Bachelor’s degree (24 credit hours)

OTD 750 Clinical Reasoning and Problem Based Learning (3)

Students will apply a clinical reasoning process to individuals with occupational performance needs. Cases will be presented from students’ clinical experiences. In a problem solving format, students will evaluate models of service delivery, evaluation and intervention delivery and dissemination of information received by the individual. Students will identify and discuss alternatives given a variety of situations and environments.

OTD 770 Knowledge for Specialty Practice Area (3) (Taken for 6 credit hrs.)
This course is designed to support and correspond with OTD 780. Students will be matched with a faculty mentor as they develop a literature review in an area of clinical interest. This experience is designed to supplement students’ ongoing clinical practice as they develop a library of pertinent empirical readings. Students will be mentored as they develop skills in analytical reading and identification of information that informs best practice.

OTD 776 Population Based Health Care (3)
This course will coordinate with OCTH 776. The purpose of this course is to introduce concepts and theories related to providing health care to complex systems and aggregates in the community, state and nation. Emphasis is placed on the promotion, maintenance and restoration of health and wellness and the prevention of disease.  Internal and external environmental components which include historical, political, social, cultural and economic factors are presented. The role of the health care provider in identifying, prioritizing and meeting the health and life participation needs of aggregates is discussed.

OTD 780 Practicum in Specialty Practice Area (3) (Taken for 6 credit hours)
This course is designed to support and correspond with OTD 770. Students will complete this course as
they work in a clinical environment. They will meet with a faculty mentor to support the analysis and dissemination of their empirical information gathered during OTD 770. They will present their empirical literature findings to their professional colleagues via a clinical research forum. Students will be expected to create three forms of information dissemination and critically review the professional feedback they receive.

OTD 783 Evidence Based Practice(3)
This course will coordinate with OTCH 783. Students will address the parameters and criteria for evidence-based practice. They will build a library of information that facilitates their evaluation of the status, beliefs, and practice of Occupational Therapy. They will develop skill in the synthesis of empirical evidence and explore dissemination options to service recipients. Students’ work will culminate in the formulation of a decision-making paradigm for their future practice decisions.

OTD 799 Practice and Research (3)

This is an elective course that allows students to pursue areas of special interest under the direction of a faculty member of his or her choice. This course is designed to support students’ learning as they complete their pre-doctoral studies. Investigation of special issues relevant to an aspect of occupational therapy practice will include study of pertinent practice factors. Students will complete special projects relevant to the practice areas of interest, such as an oral presentation, written paper, or case analysis. May be repeated for credit.  Prerequisite: Permission of department

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