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Curriculum and Degree Requirements

This program allows students who possess the appropriate prerequisite course work and an undergraduate degree to pursue a three-year clinical doctorate degree that includes academic, practicum, and fieldwork preparation for professional practice in a variety of occupational therapy settings.

Practicum and fieldwork experiences are offered throughout the Kansas City community, the state of Kansas and, in some cases, in states other than Kansas. Upon completion, students are eligible for the occupational therapist certification examination administered by NBCOT. Only students who have successfully completed the entire three-year program are eligible for this certification exam, which is required for legal employment as a practicing occupational therapist.

Degree requirements

  • All students are enrolled as full-time students, and degree requirements are normally completed within three years of admission to the program. All academic preparation and fieldwork in the professional program must be completed within 4.5 years of the first date of matriculation into the program.
  • Cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of at least a 3.0 for all graduate course work.
  • Successful completion of all courses with the grade of “C” or higher.
  • Successful completion of required Level II fieldwork experiences with the grade of “B” or higher. A part-time optional Level II fieldwork experience will not count toward satisfying this requirement.
  • Successful completion of a minimum of 112 credit hours, including academic course work and fieldwork experiences.
  • Successfully complete the oral examination (the Professional Growth Assessment) during the final semester of the program.
  • Enrollment in a minimum of one (1) credit hour the semester the student will graduate.
  • Successful completion of the courses below.


OTDE 700 Foundations in Occupational Therapy 2
OTDE 705 Functional Anatomy and Kinesiology to Support Occupational Performance 3
OTDE 710 Professionalism in Context I: Interpersonal and Interprofessional 2
OTDE 711 Professionalism in Context II: Leadership 2
OTDE 715 Occupational Therapy Scholarship I 2
OTDE 716 Occupational Therapy Scholarship II 2
OTDE 720 Theory to Practice in Occupational Therapy 2
OTDE 725 Fundamentals of Occupation 3
OTDE 730 Population Health & Wellness 3
OTDE 735 Therapeutic Interventions 3
OTDE 740 Neuroscience Foundations to Support Occupational Performance 4
OTDE 750 Interprofessional Experiences I 1
OTDE 755 Occupational Performance and Participation Across the Lifespan I 3
OTDE 760 Policy and Advocacy for Occupational Therapy I 1
OTDE 765 Occupational Performance and Participation Across the Lifespan II 3
OTDE 770 Living with Orthopedic Conditions 4
OTDE 775 Policy and Advocacy in Occupational Therapy II 2
OTDE 780 Assistive Technology to Enhance Occupational Performance and Participation 2
OTDE 795 Research Discovery for Occupational Therapy 2
OTDE 800 Professional Communication 2
OTDE 805 Interprofessional Experiences II 1
OTDE 810 Living with Neurological Conditions 4
OTDE 815 Psychosocial Theory and Practice 3
OTDE 820 Research Implementation in Occupational Therapy 2
OTDE 830 Living with Chronic Conditions 3
OTDE 835 Integration Seminar in Occupational Therapy I 1
OTDE 840 Integration Seminar in Occupational Therapy II 1
OTDE 850 Professionalism in Administration 2
OTDE 860 Research Dissemination in Occupational Therapy 2
OTDE 865 Program Evaluation and Development 2
OTDE 870 Contemporary Community Engagement 3
OTDE 900 Occupational Therapy Level II Fieldwork Part I 10
OTDE 905 Occupational Therapy Level II Fieldwork Part II 10
OTDE 915 Teaching in Occupational Therapy 3
OTDE 950 Capstone Project Planning - I 1
OTDE 951 Capstone Project Planning - II 1
OTDE 952 Capstone Project Planning - III 1
OTDE 990 Capstone Experience 14
Total Hours 112

Specific elective courses may be selected to complement the student's program in consultation with the student's academic advisor.

Last modified: Jan 29, 2019

Applications to this program are accepted Aug. 1–Dec. 1 for the class entering the program the following fall. All application materials must be received by December 1 for an application to be complete and qualified for review.

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