OTD Curriculum & Fields of Study
The curriculum provides an individualized plan of study with electives that match your interests and goals, a fellowship program, and a capstone project. Electives include experience-based courses in clinical and academic teaching. Choose an area of advanced practice from one or more of these areas:
- Children and Their Families in Context (includes early intervention and school age practice, consultation and collaboration, and sensory integration treatment and clinical research).
- Teaching in the Digital Age (includes college teaching, clinical teaching, bringing evidence based practice into classroom and clinic)
- Health and Community Participation (includes healthy aging, public health, community mental health, community participation with chronic conditions).
- Rehabilitation and Disability Studies (includes neuroscience, hand therapy*).
The four core courses in the OTD Program are:
- Visionary Practice Development and Evaluation, which enables you to create and evaluate innovative programs designed to meet identified needs of patients/clients.
- Advanced Level Evidence Based Practice (EBP) focuses on skills to conduct EBP research and program evaluation within clinic and community settings.
- Leadership: Moving Beyond Traditional Roles designed to advance your skills in leadership, entrepreneurship, teaching, health policy, and public health.
- OTD Seminar, (offered sequentially throughout the program) provides opportunities to develop skills needed for advanced practice, including development of supporting evidence, theory, and a timeline for the final doctoral project (Fellowship and Capstone). These seminars are offered as OTD Seminar A (introduction) and OTD Seminars B and C, which culminate in a Fellowship proposal that forms the basis for the final doctoral project.
Progression through the Curriculum
|BS to OTD or post-baccalaureate certificate in OT to OTD Courses||13 credits|
|UNC Evidence Based Practice Tutorial (offered each semester)||0|
|Research Methods and Mentorship (offered each semester except Summer 2)||4|
|Leading Edge Occupational Therapy Practice (Spring and Fall semester)||3|
|Advanced Occupational Therapy Practicum**
(offered each semester except Summer 2)
|* A total of 6 credits can be earned for documented clinical practice experience since graduation. Waiver is contingent on completion of appropriate clinical practice forms and requires that students register for the Advanced Occupational Therapy Practicum course. Students also must be members of AOTA.|
| Core Courses
students entering with MS begin with these courses. Those entering with BS who complete requirements above may take these courses
|Visionary Practice Development and Evaluation
(Fall and Spring semesters, must take Adv. EBP and Leadership first)
|Advanced Level Evidence-Based Practice (Fall semester)||3|
|Leadership: Moving Beyond Traditional Roles (Spring semester)||3|
|OTD Seminars A, B, and C (1 credit each, offered each semester. B and C are taken later in student's course of study after choosing a topic for the Fellowship and Capstone)||3|
|Seminar in Clinical Research (offered each semester)||3|
| Advanced Practice Courses*
2 are offered each semester
|Children and Their Families in Context
(includes early intervention and school age practice, consultation and collaboration, and sensory integration treatment and clinical research).
|OT797, Seminar in Advanced Practice
Course topics include: Autism, Health and Wellness, College Teaching in the Digital Age, Research and Practice in Gerontology, Disability Studies, and Cultural Competence
|Health and Community Participation
(includes healthy aging, public health, community mental health, community participation with chronic conditions).
| Rehabilitation and Disability Studies
(includes neuroscience, hand therapy*).
|Teaching in the Digital Age
(includes college teaching, clinical teaching, bringing evidence based practice into classroom and clinic)
|* Students can choose from more than 1 advanced practice cluster to meet the 9-12 credit requirement. In addition to the OT797, Seminar in Advanced Practice courses, students may take other Jefferson graduate electives or courses transferred in from other accredited schools.
**Students specializing in hand therapy may transfer in credits from the Drexel Hand/Upper Quarter certificate.
| Clinical Fellowship and Capstone
(offered each semester)
|Clinical Fellowship (offered each semester)||3 credits
if >3 yrs experience;
if < 3 years experience
|Capstone Project (offered each semester)||3 credits|
|Total Minimum Credits|
|Bachelor's or post-baccalaureate certificate in OT to OTD||46|
|Masters to OTD||33|
Director, OT Doctoral Program Professor
Department of Occupational Therapy
901 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
For more information about the program or to discuss your personal plan for the OTD, contact: Susan Toth-Cohen, PhD, OTR/L at Susan.Toth-Cohen@jefferson.edu, or (215) 503-9610 to talk by telephone or to set up a meeting (in-person or via web chat).
Admissions Counselor (215) 503-1044 donald.sharples @jefferson.edu
Students enrolling in this certificate program are not eligible for financial aid.