The College of Health Professions will offer baccalaureate, masters and professional doctoral level educational programs. In addition to the continuation and expansion where possible of existing programs, new academic programs will be established.
New degree programs to be established by 2016 are:
The Accreditation Council for occupational Therapy Education has adapted new standards for the Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) degree.Should the OTD become the entry-level degree for Occupational Therapy, we will consider developing a proposal to offer an OTD program:
Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)
The Doctorate program is a professional education program leading to a clinical doctorate in occupational therapy (OTD) as the entry level degree for professional practice.The program is three years in length post the baccalaureate degree and requires graduate admission to the Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program, successful completion of the Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program and successful completion of supervised clinical fieldwork required to be eligible to sit for the national certification examination administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).
The mission of the practice doctorate (OTD) program is to prepare occupational therapists to become effective leaders in the practice of occupational therapy and has a strong theory and research focus. The program is built on problem-based learning to facilitate advanced critical thinking, generation of knowledge in occupation and occupational therapy, and use of evidence-based research as a basis for research, theory development, and practice.