Course Sequence

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The OTD program is an entry-level, 105 credit hour, post-baccalaureate, professional degree. This program is designed for students who do not have a degree or certificate in occupational therapy, but have a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution, and are seeking an entry-level graduate program in occupational therapy. The program does not have a preference as to the background or type of bachelor’s degree. The program is offered in a full-time, traditional classroom and laboratory environment. The OTD curriculum follows a fixed course sequence.

Students pursuing an OTD at Jacksonville University can expect to be in school for a minimum of 9 academic semesters or three (3) academic years. The educational program consists of academic coursework, two full-time supervised fieldwork experiences and a 14 week doctoral capstone experience.

The fieldwork experiences are comprised of three (3) one week full-time mostly observational experiences and two twelve (12) week sessions. The doctoral capstone experience occurs in the Spring semester of the final year of study.

At the successful conclusion of all academic requirements and ACOTE accreditation, our OTD students will qualify to sit for the national occupational therapy certification exam (NBCOT).

 

Course Sequence

Year 1

Summer

  • OTD 590: Introduction to Occupational and Rehabilitation Science Theory (3 credits)
  • OTD 580: Applied Functional Anatomy (5 credits)

Fall                                                                                                           students crafting

  • OTD 581: Applied Neuroscience for the OT (4 credits)
  • OTD 582: Functional Biomechanics and Kinesiology for OT (3 credits)
  • OTD 650: Health Promotion, Wellness, and Participation in OT (3 credits)
  • OTD 601: Occupational Performance Assessment and Evaluation (3 credits)
  • OTD 602: Professional Reasoning and Communication in OT (3 credits)

Spring                                                                                                   

  • OTD 651: Pediatric Theory and Practice in OT (4 credits)
  • OTD 583: Pathophysiology in OT (3 credits)
  • OTD 660: Principles of Research in OT (3 credits)
  • OTD 640: Principles of Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology in OT (3 credits)
  • OTD 652: Neurorehabilitation and Disability Science Theory and Practice in OT (4 credits)
  • OTD 620: Level I Fieldwork in OT (A) (1 credit)    

Year 2

Summer

  • OTD 653: Mental Health Theory and Practice in OT (3 credits)
  • OTD 661: Evidenced-Based Practice and Translational Research in OT (3 credits)
  • OTD 654: Principles of Orthopedics in OT (2 credits)

Fall                                                                                                      measuring for a splint

  • OTD 655: Geriatric Theory and Practice in OT (3 credits)
  • OTD 656: Occupational Rehabilitation and Ergonomics (3 credits)
  • OTD 680: Guided Research I in OT (2 credits)
  • OTD 641: Functional Cognition in OT (3 credits)
  • OTD 701: Case-Based Learning I (2 credits)
  • OTD 621: Level I Fieldwork in OT (B) (1 credit)

Spring

  • OTD 750: Leadership and Management in OT (3 credits)
  • OTD 770: Elective- Advanced and Emerging Practice Skills (3 credits)
    • Advanced Practice in Geriatrics From Chronic Conditions to Successful Aging
    • Advanced Practice in Orthopedics: Hand Therapy and Upper Extremity Rehabilitation
    • Advanced Practice in Pediatrics: Early Childhood Tantrums, Toils, and Triumphs
  • OTD 751: Interprofessional Seminar (1 credit)
  • OTD 681: Guided Research II in OT (2 credits)
  • OTD 752: Program Development and Evaluation (2 credits)
  • OTD 702: Case-Based Learning II (2 credits)
  • OTD 622: Level I Fieldwork in OT (1 credit)

 Year 3

Summer

Fall                                                                                                      students transfering a client

  • OTD 761: Level II Fieldwork in OT (B) (6 credits)
  • OTD 772: Professional Seminar in OT II (1 credit)
  • OTD 753: Principles of Teaching and Transformative Learning in OT (2 credits)
  • OTD 780: Comprehensive Exam for the Occupational Therapist (1 credit)

Spring