Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Doctor of Occupational Therapy (DrOT) Program
Q What is the difference between an entry-level doctorate and a post-professional doctorate?
- An entry level program is for those individuals who want to become an occupational therapist. An entry level program is either a master degree level or a doctoral degree level. The GSU entry level program is a master degree.
- A post-professional program is for those individuals who are occupational therapists and who want to further their education, usually in an area of specialization. The GSU post-professional program is a doctoral degree.
Q There are numerous post-professional occupational therapy degrees, the DrOT, the OTD, the PhD, the DhSC, etc. What differentiates the DrOT?
- DrOT programs prepare occupational therapists to become effective leaders in the practice of occupational therapy. Graduates may direct occupational therapy and rehabilitation programs, conduct evidence-based practice and outcomes research, develop and lead innovative programs and services in the community, serve as faculty, serve as consultants, and provide leadership or influence public and/or institutional policy decisions. The DrOT is a practice degree and so has a practice focus.
Q What is a specialty concentration?
- The DrOT curriculum has a focus on advanced practice. The specialty concentration is scholarly investigation and study in a specialized area of occupational therapy practice. This concentrated study is chosen by the student, approved by the faculty and incorporated into the approved doctoral study plan. There is a 6 credit minimum for specialty concentration. Examples of specialty concentration electives may include studies in addictions screening, online teaching, Conductive Education, areas of gerontology, hand rehabilitation or other areas of emerging occupational therapy practice.
Q I have an entry level bachelor’s degree. Can I enter the DrOT program?
- Yes, occupational therapists with a bachelor’s degree who do not have a master’s degree can enter the program. Applicants with a bachelor’s degree will require additional coursework within the occupational therapy department.
Q How will the courses be taught?
- The DrOT curriculum is predicated on the fact that students will be engaged either full or part-time in their occupational therapy practice. The cohort model defines the sequence and pacing of the foundational courses prior to engagement in the specialty concentration. Course work will be presented in a web-hybrid format. Web-hybrid combines online and on-campus classes with some face-to-face meetings but the majority of your work will be on-line.
- Students unfamiliar with web-supported instruction are encouraged to take ONTL 650, Introduction to Online Learning, prior to or during their first term of enrollment.
Q What are the research requirements?
- Each DrOT student will produce a Capstone Research Project that will be the result of sustained intellectual inquiry across the curriculum. The Capstone Research Project must be approved by faculty at the time the student attains candidacy. Students will identify this research endeavor early in the program to better tailor the study plan and choice of specialty concentration. Examples of this final research product could include manuscripts submitted for publication, a grant proposal, and/or substantive involvement in a larger endeavor or other practice project. The theme that links these forms of scholarly experiences is the use of evidence to advance either occupational therapy practice or client outcomes.
Q How much does the program cost?
Q Who can I contact if I have further questions?
- Please contact Dr. Catherine Brady, Ed.D., OTR/L, Interim Chair of the Occupational Therapy Department, at 708.534.4135, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org