The entry-level OTD program consists of six semesters and three summer terms of didactic and fieldwork education and doctoral internship. 130 credits are required. The description below provides a semester-by-semester list of the courses and the number of semester credits associated with each course; course descriptions follow later in this section. Successful completion of all courses, fieldwork, and internship is required.
The first two years of the program are delivered on campus in Hillsboro, Ore., while Year 3 is offered in a distance-based learning environment.
Prior to enrolling in each term’s classes, students must successfully complete the previous term’s coursework and be approved to continue study by the School of Occupational Therapy faculty. Prior to enrolling in the OTD program students must have earned a bachelor’s degree.
Joint Program Option: Doctor of Occupational Therapy and Gerontology Certificate
Students pursuing the OTD may apply to earn the Graduate Certificate in Gerontology, either concurrently or following completion of the OTD. The gerontology program is interdiscipliniary and interprofessional with faculty and students from across the health professions. All gerontology courses are fully online and asynchronous.
The Graduate Certificate in Gerontology is a 15-credit program and can be completed in one year. Students have up to four years to complete the certificate.
Candidates from the School of Occupational Therapy must go through the formal admission process for the Certificate.