About the OT Program
The mission of the Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) program at Presbyterian College is to prepare students to deliver compassionate OT practice. Students will exemplify strong leadership skills, community service, the ability to think independently, and the highest ethical standards. Students completing this program will provide evidenced based client-centered care that remains responsive to an ever-changing global environment and increases a client’s engagement in meaningful productive living. The program will achieve this mission by applying powerful teaching and learning methodologies that build upon institutional values instilled and integrated into each student’s diverse background.
The Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) is a post-baccalaureate, entry-level professional doctoral degree that will prepare students for work in any practice setting following graduation and state licensure. The curriculum integrates the occupational therapy profession’s foundational knowledge requirements, its basic theoretical tenets and perspectives, and a strong didactic and clinical education focus to support students in achieving competencies in screening, evaluation, fabrication and delivery of evidence-based plans of care. The curriculum is deliberately intended to incorporate the contexts associated with occupational therapy service delivery and will have an emphasis on inter-professional education in class and lab settings. Inter-professional activities will extend to opportunities for service to the local and regional community.
The total length of the program will be 117 credit hours, 3.0 years (nine semesters). The curriculum will include two, 12-week fieldwork experiences and one, 16-week Doctoral Experience. Students must successfully complete a practical examination at the completion of their second year in order to begin Fieldwork II practicum. They must also take and pass a written Department Exit Exam prior to matriculation to the final clinical experience (16 weeks). Successful completion of the terminal clinical practicum sequence and evidence of meeting the competencies for entry-level occupational therapy practice must be met to graduate.