The post-professional OTD curriculum is designed to prepare
practicing occupational therapists to become advanced practitioners
capable of serving as evidence-based leaders. The capstone
component is an integral part of the program. It is designed to
develop occupational therapists with advanced knowledge/skills in
one of the following eight areas: clinical practice, research skills,
administration, leadership, program and policy development,
advocacy, education, or theory development.
With a keen understanding of the responsibilities of the practicing
occupational therapist that holds a master’s degree, this mission is
accomplished by entering a two-year, part-time online program.
It combines web-based instruction with a one-time campus visit
to present the Capstone to faculty and students. Our program is
unique in that post-professional OTD students have an opportunity
to interact with both MSOT students at the Erie, PA campus and
entry-level OTD students at the Ruskin, FL campus.
The mission of the post-professional Occupational Therapy
Doctorate (ppOTD) program is to enable occupational therapists in
any practice area or other position in health, education, community
practice or other arenas to develop roles and skills beyond that of the
therapist-clinician; to educate them to become practitioner-scholars
who can translate knowledge (including cross-disciplinary theories
and research) into practice and who are capable of serving as agents
of change in new and expanded arenas. This mission is accomplished
with a keen understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the
practicing occupational therapist that holds a master’s degree by
offering a two-year, part-time online program. It combines webbased
instruction with one on-campus (Erie, PA) requirement at the
end of their program. Students come to campus and present their
capstone work in both poster and oral presentation format.
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