The Occupational Therapy Post-Professional Doctorate is offered as a  part-time program, with all courses distance-delivery. By remaining in the work setting while engaging in advanced education, you'll discover problems, explore solutions, expand knowledge and develop skills in a manner that has ongoing real-world application.

As a student in the OTD program, you'll

  • Submit weekly postings critiquing professional literature and relating it to practice. 
  • Work with faculty, who will provide individual feedback on the your knowledge, critical analysis and integration of knowledge with practice.
  • Interact with peers and faculty to form a learning community.
  • Collaborate with a practice mentor and faculty adviser to complete focused activities (residency*) in the work setting.
  • Visit campus to present your final portfolio at the end of the program.

*One residency focuses on specialty practice and one residency focuses on program improvement. Education residencies focus on instruction and course design. Leadership residencies focus on coaching and program development.

Course Work

The Post-Professional Doctorate in Occupational Therapy program has 26 credits and takes 21 months to complete (additional prerequisites may apply).

Year 1 - Fall

OCT 800 Professional Doctorate Plan - 2 credits Identify goals for advanced specialty practice and service delivery knowledge and competencies in physical rehabilitation, pediatrics, gerontology, mental health, education or leadership.
OCT 810 Advancement of Occupational Therapy Practice - 2 credits Demonstrate comprehension of advanced specialty practice knowledge related to targeted conditions, evaluation, intervention and context that is grounded in evidence. Education track emphasizes knowledge of instruction. Leadership track emphasizes knowledge of coaching.

Year 1 - Spring

OCT 812 Specialty Practice Residency - 4 credits Demonstrate advanced specialty practice skills related to targeted conditions, evaluation, intervention and context. Education track emphasizes instruction. Leadership track emphasizes coaching.
OCT 814 Specialty Practice Competencies - 2 credits Document evidence of specialty practice competencies (linking knowledge, evidence and skills) through case studies.

Year 1 - Summer

OCT 816 Specialty Practice Portfolio - 2 credits Demonstrate application of synthesized knowledge to analyze, evaluate and transform occupational therapy practice (instruction in education, coaching in leadership).
OCT 820 Occupational Justice, Advocacy and Leadership - 2 credits Demonstrate advanced practice knowledge of population needs, service delivery models, regulatory issues and program evaluation for targeted specialty practice area. Education track emphasizes course development. Leadership emphasizes program development.

Year 2 - Fall

OCT 822 Service Delivery Residency - 4 credits Demonstrate advanced practice skills in program development including population needs, service delivery models, regulatory issues and program evaluation for targeted specialty practice area. Education track emphasizes course development. Leadership emphasizes program development.
OCT 824 Service Delivery Competencies - 2 credits Document evidence of advanced practice competencies in program development (linking knowledge, evidence and skills) through program components and case studies.

Year 2 - Spring

OCT 826 Service Delivery Portfolio - 2 credits Demonstrate application of synthesized knowledge to analyze, evaluate and transform occupational therapy service delivery.
OCT 830 Professional Doctorate Portfolio - 4 credits Demonstrate evidence of professional accomplishments (AOTA board certification criteria) in knowledge, critical reasoning, interpersonal and performance skills in advanced practice and service delivery for targeted area.

Additional Prerequisites May Be Required

Applicants with a master's degree in occupational therapy from an educational institution other than Mount Mary University or with a master’s degree in a related field will need to transfer related courses or take the following prerequisite courses. Decisions about prerequisites are made by the Doctoral Program Director.

OCT 710 Research in Occupational Therapy - 3 credits Analysis and synthesis of professional literature related to selected practice area. Emphasis on occupational therapy.

OCT 720 Theory and Practice - 2 credits Analysis of models, theory, frames of reference and professional reasoning to enhance reflective practice. Emphasis on occupational therapy.

OCT 795 Culminating Project - 3 credits Completion of an evidence-based case study or project that shows the impact of occupational therapy on a client’s function and participation.

Applicants with a bachelor's degree in occupational therapy need 12 credits of prerequisite courses that are completed in one year. A master’s degree in occupational therapy is awarded upon successful completion of these courses.

Fall

OCT 700 Perspectives on Occupation - 2 credits Examination of perspectives on occupation that underlie occupational therapy practice.

OCT 710 Research in Occupational Therapy - 3 credits Analysis and synthesis of professional literature related to selected practice area. Emphasis on occupational therapy.

OCT 720 Theory and Practice - 2 credits Analysis of models, theory, frames of reference and professional reasoning to enhance reflective practice. Emphasis on occupational therapy.

Spring

OCT 734 Leadership - 2 credits Examination of leadership theories and their application to provision of occupational therapy services.

OCT 795 Culminating Project - 3 credits Completion of an evidence-based case study or project that shows the impact of occupational therapy on the client’s function and participation.