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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 for the OTD Educator (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 forecasting current trends,       clinical research, and teaching.

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)
6
* 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. BS and http://aota.org/who complete requirements above may take these courses
15 credits
minimum
Visionary Practice Development and Evaluation
(Fall semester, must take Adv. EBP first)
3
Advanced Level Evidence-Based Practice (Fall semester) 3
Moving Beyond Traditional Roles (Spring semester) 3
OTD Seminar (taken each semester)  1
Seminar in Clinical Research (offered each semester) 3
Advanced Practice Courses* 
2 are offered each semester
9 credits
minimum
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 for the OTD Educator
(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)
9-12 credits
Clinical Fellowship (offered each semester) 3 credits
if >3 yrs experience;

6 credits
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
Susan Toth-Cohen, PhD, OTR/L

Susan Toth-Cohen,
PhD, OTR/L

Director, OT Doctoral Program Professor

Department of Occupational Therapy
901 Walnut Street
6th floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 503-9610

CONTACT:
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).


Donald Sharples
Admissions Counselor (215) 503-1044 donald.sharples @jefferson.edu

Students enrolling in this certificate program are not eligible for financial aid.

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