Post-Baccalaureate Doctor of Occupational Therapy (DrOT)

If you have earned a bachelor’s degree in one of the sciences, sociology, psychology, or other related fields, you can broaden your options with a doctorate in occupational therapy (DrOT) from University of the Sciences. You attend class full-time and must complete 131 hours of coursework. If you have taken courses in equivalent material, you may be given credit for individual courses, based on review of material by the department chair. Graduates from this OT doctoral program are qualified to sit for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) examination.


The following is a typical curriculum for post-baccalaureate DrOT students entering University of the Sciences in Summer 2018; other students should refer to their advisor for their curricula.


Overview of Occupational Therapy Practice

First Year

Human Development and Performance (Lab)
Movement Analysis (Lab)
Introduction to Clinical Skills (Lab)
Clinical Medicine
Theories of Occupational Therapy Practice
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)
Therapeutic Groups (Lab)
Fieldwork Level I: Clinical Experience
Introduction to Applied Research Methods


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

Second Year


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


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)
Occupational Therapy Interventions VI: Assistive Technology (Lab)

Third Year

Case-Based Reasoning
Applied Research III
Family- and Client-Centered Care
Concentration Tracks - Students will choose one of the following: Community-Based Occupational Therapy or Occupational Therapy Leadership: Managing Change
Clinical Reasoning and Professional Development
Fieldwork Level IIa


Fieldwork Level IIb

Fourth Year

Advanced Seminar and Comprehensive Examination
Fieldwork Level If: Program Development
Research Independent Study
Independent Project in OT
Concentration Tracks - Student will choose one of the following: Advanced Concepts in Community-Based Occupational Therapy or Advanced Concepts of Leadership
Fieldwork IIe: Doctoral Experiential Component

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


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