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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 2014; other students should refer to their advisor for their curricula.

First Year

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

Second Year

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


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

Third Year

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


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

Fourth Year


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

BSHS in Health Science is awarded


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

Fifth Year

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


Fieldwork Level IIb

Sixth Year

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

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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