Occupational Therapy Clinical Doctorate

Occupational Therapy Clinical Doctorate Courses

MS-OTD Track BS-OTD Track
Core (12 CR) Choose 3-Course Minor
(9 CR)
Capstone (9 CR) Additional (9 CR)

Doctoral Inquiry Seminar

Applied Leadership

Advanced Evidence-Based Practice

Interprofessional Partnerships

Educational Theory & Practice

Technology & Educational Methods

Accessible Living

Funding & Grantsmanship

Emerging Practice & Entrepreneurship

Directed Inquiry Seminar

Research Methods (through Advisement)

I: Design & Outcomes

II: Implementation

III: Analysis & Presentation

Contemporary Practice Concepts

Research Methods for Clinical Practice

Evidence-Based Practice

OTD 732. Contemporary Practice Concepts (3 cr.)

In this course students explore and apply contemporary practice concepts, language, and models to the practice of occupational therapy. Through a series of learning activities, students develop digital age information literacy to support scholarship and clinical reasoning development. 

OTD 733. Research Methods for Clinical Practice  (3 cr.)

This course will provide an overview of the theory and methods utilized in conducting clinical research. Students will learn to apply terminology and methods associated with measurement in experimental-type research including statistical analysis of quantitative data. The course will also review qualitative research, using a process-oriented approach to explore theories, approaches (Phenomenology, Ethnography & Grounded Theory), and data collection methods.  Students will participate in the design of a group research study and explore potential methods for use in their own clinical settings.

OTD 734. Evidence-Based Practice (3 cr.)

This course helps students to become skillful consumers of research for the purposes of evidence-building and assessing outcomes of occupational therapy. Students are introduced to the research perspective and evidence-based practice as a basis for professional competence. Utilizing the critical appraisal process, students critique and analyze the literature to answer clinical practice questions.  Course experiences include examining the basic research elements of single subject, experimental, quasi-experimental and qualitative research studies; considering ethical issues of research; developing and answering complex clinical questions; and planning, presenting and disseminating research findings.

OTD 803. Doctoral Inquiry Seminar (3 cr.)

This course introduces students to approaches for advanced professional development. Topics include self-directed learning, online learning technologies and communities, mentoring relationships, scholarly writing and presentations, and strategies for working with the literature. Through learning assignments and online activities around contemporary professional issues, students will engage in peer review critiques, apply presentation technology, and develop a career trajectory plan.  

OTD 806. Advanced Evidence Based Practice (3 cr.)

In this course students will refine their skills for asking clinical questions, searching for, and critically appraising available evidence in order to form conclusions regarding best practice. Through in-depth exploration of the research process including an evaluation of research methodologies associated with hierarchies of evidence, students will formulate and answer questions about their own clinical practice.

OTD 807. Inter-professional Partnerships (3 cr.)

In this course students will explore the dynamics involved with forming collaborative partnerships, working in teams, and expanding one’s professional network.   Through course readings, activities, and assignments completed in the student’s work environment, students will develop skills in teamwork, consensus building, conflict management, negotiation, and consultation.

OTD 808. Applied Leadership (3 cr.)

In this course students will explore leadership theories and the practice philosophies that are central to leadership effectiveness.  Tools and strategies for evaluating and assessing leadership development, including personal leadership style and strengths, as well as best practices for developing leadership skills will be reviewed. Students will create a personal leadership development plan directed toward leadership and advocacy within their own practice settings or areas of interest.

OTD 811. Educational Theory & Practice (3 Cr.)

This course provides an overview of the foundations and application of educational theory in teaching the adult learner.  Teaching is considered for academic, practice, and continuing education environments.  Evidence is considered from a variety of sources to develop effective educational processes and evaluation strategies.  Students acquire knowledge and skills to apply scholarly evidence and knowledge of educational theory in a variety of environments with diverse adult learners.

OTD 812. Technology & Educational Methods (3 Cr.)

This course provides an overview of theories and practices related to the use of current and emerging teaching and learning technologies.  Students explore a variety of educational and instructional technologies.  Educators in clinical, academic, professional, community and other settings will gain skills in choosing appropriate technology supported by best pedagogical practices to enhance learning.  Contextual issues such as financial, political, cultural, and access will be explored with consideration of the impact on availability and evaluation of instructional technologies. With the rapid rate of change in technology, strategies for considering and anticipating future technologies will be examined.

OTD 813. Accessible Living (3 Cr.)

With the national trend toward aging-in-place, occupational therapists have an expanding role in helping older adults and persons who have disabilities to live at home and participate fully in their communities. This course explores environmental modifications and technology to address function, safety, independence and access for both the home as well as community spaces. Housing laws, universal design, technology, and environmental options and resources to support participation are examined.

OTD 814. Funding & Grantsmanship (3 Cr.)

Today's programs frequently rely upon a mix of funding to support program operations and new initiatives. Professionals need to be able to effectively identify grant funding opportunities, secure funding, and manage the responsibility of grants. This course will introduce students to core components for successfully obtaining program or project funding, including identifying project, program and/or community needs, project/ program development and assessment, grant seeking strategies, funding source research, proposal writing, program outcomes and evaluation, and grant stewardship.

OTD 815. Emerging Practice & Entrepreneurship (3 Cr.)

This course will apply an entrepreneurial framework to developing the role of occupational therapy in health maintenance and promotion, through an awareness of individual and population-based needs in the current health care environment. Students will apply principles of lifestyle medicine, develop programs for non-traditional practice settings, and explore funding sources to support the inclusion of occupational therapy as a member of the health care team.

OTD 816. Directed Inquiry Seminar (3 cr.)

This seminar supports the student’s independent exploration of topics related to clinical research, program development and/or evaluation. Students will augment their knowledge and skills in a particular topic area by exploring the literature, interviewing experts, and/or engaging in research and development activities. The actual content and method will be directed by the student and approved by the instructor. Students will demonstrate a series of competencies in an area of interest as the primary outcome of this course.

OTD 910. Capstone I: Design & Outcomes (3 cr.)

The capstone project will have potential for real-world application such as developing or comparing a clinical protocol, developing a product or program, or answering a clinical research question. Based on findings from Advanced EBP, students will develop a strategy to build upon existing evidence and/or generate new evidence specific to their area of interest.  Course outcomes include a full literature review and written capstone proposal that establishes a compelling need for the product, program or applied research project, including design and methods for measuring outcomes. Requirements of Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) and research integrity will be discussed in detail. 

OTD 920. Capstone II: Implementation (3 Cr.)

Students carry out their capstone projects, collecting data in relationship to previously identified outcomes measures and following the methods as outlined in their proposals.  A major focus of this course is the practical application of collecting and maintaining data and the ability to analyze data using software packages.  Students maintain close communication with mentor(s), participate in weekly meetings to overcome any potential barriers they may encounter, and receive advice and support during the implementation process.

OTD 930: Capstone III: Analysis & Presentation (3 Cr.)

Students analyze their project data, discuss how to apply the evidence derived from the project, and create and implement a plan for dissemination of findings. The project culminates in an on-campus Doctoral Symposium in which students present their work and review the work of their peers.