Doctor of Occupational Therapy (DrOT)
The Doctor of Occupational Therapy is a new degree program that the College of Health and Human Services began offering in the Winter 2009 trimester. Governors State University received approval to grant the Doctor of Occupational Therapy degree from the Illinois Board of Higher education in February 2008. Approval by the Higher Learning Commission was received in September 2008.
Admission to the Doctor of Occupational Therapy (DrOT) is competitive; only a limited number of applicants will be admitted to the program.
Linking Research, Education and Practice
The DrOT is an advanced practice clinical degree for applicants with either an entry-level Master of Occupational Therapy degree or a Bachelor's degree in occupational therapy, plus an earned master's degree in any field. The DrOT degree program provides occupational therapists with skills and knowledge to enhance their current practice.
The program prepares students to be innovators in traditional and emerging areas of occupational therapy. The student will also have the opportunity to develop and/or refine academic and clinical teaching skills.
The sequence of courses provides the DrOT graduate with the skills to assume leadership in meeting the healthcare needs of clients in a variety of settings; the program has an emphasis on service to underserved and vulnerable populations.
A Need for the Practice Scholar
The DrOT will educate occupational therapists for leadership roles in advanced occupational therapy practice as master clinicians, clinical researchers, advocates, managers, and educators. Program graduates will strengthen occupational therapy practice in regional health and human service organizations and promote the evidence-based practice of occupational therapy.
The DrOT is a separate and distinct degree from a Ph.D. or ScD., which are considered research degrees in the occupational therapy profession.
An Education Partnership
The DrOT curriculum will include web-based and web-hybrid courses. Web-hybrid combines online and on-campus classes. Through an individual study plan, your research interests will be incorporated into your coursework.