Doctor of Occupational Therapy
Draft Program Curriculum – 11.20.2019

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.

Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program Year 1

Spring Semester Year 1HoursSummer Semester Year 1Hours
OTH 704 Intro. to Occupational Therapy1OTH 710 Foundations in Occupational Therapy3
OTH 706 Teaching and Learning 11OTH 701 Kinesiology3
OTH 700 Human Anatomy5OTH 708 Survey of Healthcare2
OTH 707 Psychosocial Factors In care3OTH 720 Investigation, Evaluation, and Exploration of Essential Critical Inquiry2
OTH 711 Occupational Patterns in Culture3OTH 702 Pathophysiology2
OTH 709 OT Delivery Systems Management2
OTH 719 Fieldwork Level 1 A1
Fall Semester Year 1Hours
OTH 703 Neuroanatomy4
OTH 810 OT Practice in Mental Health3
OTH 801 Motor Learning and Analysis3
OTH 816 Technology and Environmental Adaptations3
OTH 712 Teaching and Learning 21
OTH 713 Inter-professional Seminar 11
OTH 729 Fieldwork Level 1 B1
TOTAL16Total Credit Hours Year 144

Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program Year 2

Spring Semester Year 2HoursSummer Semester Year 2Hours
OTH 800 Physical Agent Modalities2OTH 812 Occupational Therapy in Adult Populations 2 (Neurology)3
OTH 814 Assessment and Intervention in Contemporary Occupational Therapy3OTH 821 Leadership, Policy, and Promotion in OT3
OTH 811 Occupational Therapy in Adult Populations 1 (Orthopedics)3OTH 822 Community Practicum (Half Class)2
OTH 804 Teaching and Learning 32OTH 831 Doctoral Project 21
OTH 805 Pharmacology2OTH 802 Inter-professional Seminar 21
OTH 830 Doctoral Project 11OTH 819 Fieldwork Level 1 C1
Fall Semester Year 2Hours
OTH 813 Pediatric Practice in Occ. Therapy5
OTH 820 Administration, Structure, and Management of Practice Settings3
OTH 822 Community Practicum (Half Class)2
OTH 803 Inter-professional Seminar 31
OTH 832 Doctoral Project 32
OTH 829 Fieldwork Level 1 D1
TOTAL13-14Total Credit Hours Year 237

Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program Year 3

Spring Semester Year 3HoursSummer Semester Year 3Hours
OTH 910 Clinical Fieldwork Level 2A (12 Weeks)10OTH 911 Clinical Fieldwork Level 2B (12 Weeks)10
OTH 833 Doctoral Project 41OTH 825 Professional Competency1
Fall Semester Year 3Hours
OTH 920 Doctoral Experience (14 Weeks)12
OTH 900 Doctoral Project 52
TOTAL14Total Credit Hours Year 336
Total Program Credit Hours117




ACOTE: The entry-level occupational therapy doctoral degree program has applied for accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, P.O. Box 31220, Bethesda, MD 20824-1220. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA.  The Presbyterian College OTD program is currently in process for accreditation.

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SASCOC)

Presbyterian College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SASCOC) and the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) based on the organization’s processes.

The program will apply for approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at the appropriate time.