Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD)

Degree Offered

Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD)*

Application Deadline

Fall: NA

Spring: NA

Summer: 12/1

Program Description

The entry level Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) will train students to become licensed occupational therapists.  The cohort based curriculum (with admission in Summer II) consists of 103 credits that are earned over eleven semesters. The OTD is designed to provide entry level education in occupational therapy for individuals who have a baccalaureate degree in another field.  Each student completes 7 semesters of required academic courses, a minimum of six months of supervised full time fieldwork in approved clinical settings, successfully passes a competency exam, and completes an additional 16 week doctoral residency with a capstone project. Clinical fieldwork must be completed within 24 months of academic courses. 

Currently, in order to become an occupational therapist, the minimum educational requirement is a Master’s degree. The overall goal of this degree is to train generalist practitioners. However, the entry level doctoral degree trains practitioners with advanced skills in one or more of the following areas: clinical practice skills, research skills, administration, leadership, program and policy development, advocacy, education, and theory development (ACOTE, 2017).  Educating and training occupational therapy practitioners with advanced skills is beneficial in the changing healthcare arena. Students successfully completing the program will be eligible to take the national certification examination administered by the National Board for Certification of Occupational Therapy, Inc. (NBCOT).  After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be able to identify him or herself as an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR).  All states, including New Jersey, require licensure in order to practice.  State licenses are usually based on the successful passing of the NBCOT Certification Exam.  By 2027, all new occupational therapists must be doctorally trained. 

(Please note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to complete fieldwork, take the certification examination and/or attain state licensure.)

The Occupational Therapy Doctoral Program was granted candidacy to be accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).  Correspondence should be directed to: ACOTE, c/o Accreditation Department, American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. Their phone number is (301) 652-AOTA. Website: www.acoteonline.org.

*pending approval by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Admission Requirements                                 

This program admits in the summer II semester only
In addition to the University’s admissions requirements:

●        Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university

●        Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0

●        Official transcripts from all institutions attended

●        Three letters of recommendation, one letter must be from an occupational therapist. These can be uploaded to the electronic application. Letters must be dated within two years of applying.

●        Documented observation of occupational therapy services within a variety of age groups and practice areas for a minimum of 40 hours in two or more practice settings. Each applicant may choose from a diverse variety of settings, such as: hospital settings, community based programs, skilled nursing facilities, early intervention, school based programs, home care, outpatient programs, hand therapy sites and/or mental health sites.

●        Professional Resume/CV

●        Respond to a departmental question on the application

●        Departmental interview may be required

●        TOEFL (for applicants whose native language is not English)

●        Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee interview or admission to the program

Prerequisite Coursework

Each prerequisite course must be completed with a grade of B or better. At the time of application, prospective students may have only three prerequisite courses outstanding/in progress and if accepted, need to be completed by June 30. However, due to the competitive applicant pool, the Admissions Committee encourages the completion of all prerequisite courses prior to application.

General Psychology (3 credits) Abnormal Psychology (3 credits

Life Span Development¹ (3 credits)                             

Intro to Sociology (3 credits) or

Cultural Anthropology (3 credits)

Psychological Statistics (3 credits)                                                                         

Introduction to OT3 (3 credits)

Anatomy & Physiology I and II (w/lab) 1 & 2 (8 credits)

¹These courses must be taken within 5 years of application to the program   The lab portion of this course must be completed in person (cannot be completed online) 3 This course can only be taken at Kean University

Note: With the exception of Intro to OT, students lacking the prerequisite courses can complete these courses at any accredited institution.  If you wish to complete these prerequisites at Kean University, you may apply to the University as an undergraduate second-degree student. You Cannot CLEP Anatomy and Physiology for this program.

 

Program Requirements

COURSE REQUIREMENTS (SEMESTER ONE  – 4 CREDITS)

BIO 6405

Gross Anatomy

4 credits

 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS (SEMESTER TWO –14 CREDITS)

OT 6002

Foundations of OT

1 credits

OT 6210

Conditions Across the Lifespan I

2 credits

OT 6612

Group Development Across the Lifespan

3 credits

OT 6400

Theoretical Guidelines to Practice I

4 credits

OT 6200

Introduction to Residency I

1 credit

OT 6500

Kinesiology

3 credits

 

SEMESTER THREE (16 CREDITS)

OT 6401

Theoretical Guidelines to Practice II

4 credits

OT 6303

Occupations Across the Lifespan

3 credits

OT 6611

Community Partnerships & Service

1 credit

OT 6223

Conditions Across the Lifespan II

3 credits

OT 6201

Introduction to Residency II

1 credit

BIO 6406

Neuroscience

4 credits

 

SEMESTER FOUR SUMMER SESSION (3 CREDITS)

OT 6520

Research Methods in OT I

3 credits

 

SEMESTER FIVE (17 CREDITS)

TRACK A (17 CREDITS)

TRACK B (17 CREDITS)

OT 7521

Research Methods in OT II

3 credits

OT 7521

Research Methods in OT II

3 credits

OT 7920

Seminar in Psychosocial Practice

6 credits

OT 6650

 

Administration, Supervision and Advocacy

6 credits

OT 7923

Seminar in Pediatric Practice

6 credits

OT 7610

Orthotics, Prosthetics & Modalities

3 credits

OT 7921

Seminar in Adult Rehab Practice

3 credits

OT 7200

Residency Proposal I

2 credits

OT 7200

Residency Proposal I

2 credits

 

SEMESTER SIX (17 CREDITS)

TRACK A (17 CREDITS)

TRACK B (17 CREDITS)

OT 7521

Research Methods in OT II

3 credits

OT 7521

Research Methods in OT II

3 credits

OT 7921

Seminar in Adult Rehab Practice

6 credits

OT 7923

Seminar in Pediatric Practice

6 credits

OT 7610

Orthotics, Prosthetics & Modalities

3 credits

OT 7920

Seminar in Psychosocial Practice

6 credits

OT 6550

Administration, Supervision and Advocacy

3 credits

OT 7201

Residency Proposal II

2 credits

OT 7201

Residency Proposal II

2 credits

 

SEMESTER SEVEN – (4 CREDITS)

OT 7204

Residency Proposal III

3 credits

OT 7202

Leadership: Development & Application

1 credits

 

SEMESTER EIGHT/NINE FALL/ SPRING  (12 CREDITS)

OT 7960

Advanced Fieldwork Seminar I

6 credits

OT 7961

Advanced Fieldwork Seminar II

6 credits

 

SEMESTER TEN/ELEVEN – SUMMER/FALL

OT 7203

Doctoral Residency

16 credits

 

TOTAL OF 103 CREDITS TO COMPLETE PROGRAM

FOR INFORMATION REGARDING APPLICATION

FOR PROGRAM DETAILS

908.737.7100
Please contact:

Dr. Mariann Moran
East Campus, Room 226
t: 908.737.5850
e: ot@kean.edu