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Accelerated Pathway to the DrOT Curriculum

Our accelerated pathway to the DrOT has been designed to give you the skills and competencies you will need to excel as a leader in the occupational therapy field.

After your first two years acquiring a broad foundation in the arts and sciences, you will study human growth and development with specific emphasis on the social, emotional, and physiological effects of illness and injury. During the professional portion of the program, you will develop the skills to help patients gain functional independence in daily living tasks and the tools you’ll need to be a leader in the profession.

The following is a typical curriculum for students entering University of the Sciences’ accelerated pathway to the DrOT in fall 2013; other students should refer to their advisor for their curricula.

First Year

Seminar for Health Science
Introduction to Sociology
General Biology I, II
Writing and Rhetoric I, II
Introduction to Communication
Introduction to Psychology
Mathematical Analysis I
Physical Education I, II
Health Sciences Orientation I
Humanities or General Education Elective

Second Year

Introduction to Biostatistics
Abnormal Psychology
Intellectual Heritage I, II
Overview of OT Practice I, II
Psychology of Human Development
Survey of Physics
Human Structure and Function I, II
Human Structure and Function Lab I
Humanities or General Education Electives


Overview of Occupational Therapy Practice (required only for transfer students)

Third Year

Human Occupation: Concepts and Practice (Lab)
Human Development and Performance (Lab)
Evaluation and Assessment in Occupational Therapy (Lab)
Clinical Application of Teaching and Learning (Lab)
Fieldwork Level Ia: Application of Clinical Skills
Fieldwork Level Ib: Community Service Learning
Introduction to Clinical Skills (Lab)
Movement Analysis (Lab)
Theories of Occupational Therapy
Clinical Medicine
Therapeutics Groups (Lab)
Introduction to Applied Research Methods


O.T. Interventions I: Contextual Approaches (Lab)
Fieldwork Level Ic: Community Living Client

Fourth Year


Applied Research II
Clinical Leadership, Management and Supervision
Occupational Therapy: Past, Present, and Future
O.T. Interventions II: Developmental Issues (Lab)
O.T. Interventions III: Psychosocial Issues (Lab)
Fieldwork Level Id: Clinical Fieldwork I

BSHS in Health Science is awarded


O.T. Interventions IV: Cognitive Approaches (Lab)
O.T. Interventions V: Rehabilitation Approaches (Lab)
O.T. Interventions VI: Assistive Technology (Lab)
Evidence-Based Practice
Fieldwork Level Ie: Clinical Fieldwork II
Enhancing Cultural Competence

Fifth Year

Applied Research III
Family- and Client-Centered Care
Case-Based Reasoning
Fieldwork Level IIa
Clinical Reasoning and Professional Development
Community-Based Occupational Therapy
OT Leadership: Managing Change


Fieldwork Level IIb

Sixth Year

Advanced Seminar and Comprehensive Examination
Fieldwork Level If: Program Development
Doctoral Experiential Component
Research Independent Study
Independent Project in OT
Advanced Concepts in Community-Based OT (capstone)
Advanced Concepts of Leadership (capstone)

Doctorate in Occupational Therapy (DrOT) is awarded

Additional courses may be required as part of the program.

For detailed course descriptions and other information about the occupational therapy curriculum, see the University catalog.

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