"Empowering our practitioners with evidence-based clinical decision making and encouraging the partnership of clinicians and academicians in the pursuit of knowledge are all part of a powerful recipe for success." -- Frederick P. Somers, American Occupational Therapy Association Executive Director
*Doctor of Occupational Therapy Applications are not being accepted at this time:
Linking Research, Education and Practice
The Doctor of Occupational Therapy 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 includes 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.
DrOT application are not being accepted at this time.
Caren Schranz, Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy
Our well-established Occupational Therapy program is fueled by faculty members who are passionate about OT, invested in student learning and connected to the community; their strong research agendas and collaborative research with students is integrated with community partners. In addition, our facilities, including our state-of-the-art ADL (Activities of Daily Life) lab provides students with opportunities to practice providing care for clients in a setting that is authentic to their future careers.