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. View the Presbyterian College Occupational Therapy Doctorate Program course descriptions »
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 the 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.