Accelerated Pathway to the DrOT

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 DrOT with an additional 2½ years. You’ll move seamlessly from the pre-professional to professional phase of the 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, 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 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 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 pathway to the DrOT in fall 2015; other students should refer to their advisor for their curricula.

First Year

General Biology 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
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
Abnormal Psychology
Survey of Physics
Multidisciplinary Inquiry Requirement
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
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
Therapeutic Groups (Lab)
Intro to Applied Research


O.T. Interventions I: Contextual Approaches (Lab)
Fieldwork Level Ic: Contextual Competence

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 or Fieldwork Level I: Community Service Learning
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 or Fieldwork Level I: Community Service Learning

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

Comprehensive Examination
Independent Project in OT or Directed Research Independent Study
Advanced Concepts in Community-Based OT (capstone) or Advanced Concepts of Leadership (capstone)
Fieldwork Level IIc - 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.


Admission Office


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Philadelphia, PA 19104-4495


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