Accelerated Doctor of Occupational Therapy (DrOT) Program

At University of the Sciences when you declare occupational therapy as your major as a freshman, you can complete the coursework for a BSHS in 3½ years and earn a Doctor of Occupational Therapy (DrOT) with an additional 2½ years. You’ll move seamlessly from the pre-professional to professional phase of the occupational therapy program as long as you meet academic criteria and complete program requirements.

In your first two years, you’ll get a foundation in the sciences and humanities. Then you’ll enter the professional phase of the occupational therapy program, where you’ll learn how to work effectively with people and how disease and disability can affect the way people think, feel, and live their lives. And you’ll actively participate in the classroom and out in the field as you begin to apply the skills you’ve learned in the world around you.

In addition to preparing you for general practice, our accelerated occupational therapy program offers you the choice of two specializations:

  • Community-based practice
  • Leadership

This allows you to hone your studies toward your future plans. The research or project you undertake in your final year, as well as your clinical practice, will be geared to the specialized track you choose.

Hands-on experience is an integral part of our accelerated occupational therapy program

  • Fieldwork at least one day per week starting in your third year
  • Two three-month clinical internships, working with patients of all ages from infants to the elderly
  • One 640 hour rotation, which will complement your specialty area

Students are required to maintain an overall 3.00 GPA with all grades above a C throughout the professional phase of the program.


The following is a typical curriculum for students entering University of the Sciences’ accelerated Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program in fall 2018; other students should refer to their advisor for their curricula.

First Year

General Biology I, II
General Biology Lab I, II
Seminar for Health Science
Physical Education I, II
Introduction to Psychology
Writing and Rhetoric I, II
Introduction to Communication
Health Sciences Orientation II
Introduction to Sociology
General Education Humanities or Free 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
Abnormal Psychology
Survey of Physics
Multidisciplinary Inquiry Requirements
General Education Humanities or Free 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 I: Clinical Experience
Therapeutic Groups (Lab)
Introduction to Applied Research Methods


Occupational Therapy Interventions I: Contextual Approaches (Lab)
Fieldwork Level Ic: Community Living Client

Fourth Year


Occupational Therapy Interventions II: Developmental Issues (Lab)
Leadership, Management, and Supervision
Occupational Therapy Interventions III: Psychosocial Issues (Lab)
Occupational Therapy: Past, Present, and Future
Fieldwork Level Id: Clinical Fieldwork or Fieldwork Level Ib: Community Service Learning
Applied Research II

BSHS in Health Science is awarded


Fieldwork Level Id: Clinical Fieldwork or Fieldwork Level Ib: Community Service Learning
Enhancing Cultural Competence
Occupational Therapy Interventions VI: Cognitive Issues(Lab)
Occupational Therapy. Interventions V: Rehabilitation Approaches (Lab)
Evidence-Based Practice
Occupational Therapy Interventions VI: Assistive Technology (Lab)

Fifth Year

Case-Based Reasoning
Applied Research III
Family- and Client-Centered Care
Community-Based Occupational Therapy
Occupational Therapy 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
Fieldwork If: Program Development
Advanced Concepts in Community-Based OT (capstone) or Advanced Concepts of Leadership (capstone)
Fieldwork Level IIe - Doctoral Experiential Component

Doctor of Occupational Therapy (DrOT) is awarded

For detailed course descriptions and other information about the Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program curriculum, see the University catalog.


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