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Curriculum and Course Descriptions

Consisting of evidence-based practice, professional leadership, specialty practice and teaching, KU's post-professional occupational therapy program allows busy professionals the opportunity to continue working while expanding their OT knowledge.

Offered entirely online, the post-professional doctor of occupational therapy program focuses on specialization and professional leadership in practice.

Students can complete the coursework while continuing to work in the profession, applying a combination of synchronous learning through online course meetings and assignments and discussion board participation according to the student’s schedule.

Core work and specialization opportunities have been integrated to create a base of both advanced and specialty knowledge, preparing graduates for leadership in their chosen areas of concentration.

Course Schedule
Course Number/Title When course is offered
OTD 835 Quantitative Evidence spring, even years
OTD 860 Theory and Practice spring, odd years
OTD 865 Occupation Based Practice summer, odd years
OTD 875 Professional Development fall, even years
OTD 880 Program Evaluation summer, even 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
Qualitative fall, spring, summer each year*
Leadership fall, spring, summer each year
Teaching fall, spring, summer each year
General fall, spring, summer each year

* OTD 825 Qualitative Research is offered fall semester of odd years.

Courses Overview

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.

**For complete, current information about courses and requirements in our post-professional occupational therapy degree program, please visit the Academic Catalog.

"Have an open mind as you start your journey to becoming an occupational therapist or as a post-professional OTD student looking to strengthen and further your career. Even if you have an idea of what you ultimately want to pursue or gain in the program, expose yourself to as many unique learning opportunities as possible. You never know where your passions may ultimately lie!"

Vaccine Requirements

The University of Kansas Medical Center requires various immunizations for its students. For a detailed list please visit the student health forms webpage or speak with Student Health Services. These immunization requirements help promote health and safety and facilitate clinical placement.Many, if not all, clinical sites who partner with the University of Kansas Medical Center require proof of these vaccines for students engaged in training or other programmatic experiences at clinical sites. Not being vaccinated may preclude students from participating in activities, potentially impeding their ability to complete all program requirements for degree completion. Applicants with questions should speak with a representative from the academic program to which they intend to apply.
KU School of Health Professions

Occupational Therapy Education
KU Medical Center
3901 Rainbow Blvd  MS2003
Kansas City, KS 66160
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