Post-Baccalaureate 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 the DrOT 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 2015; 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


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

Second Year


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


Enhancing Cultural Competence
O.T. Interventions IV: Cognitive Issues (Lab)
O.T. Interventions V: Rehabilitation Approaches (Lab)
O.T. Interventions VI: Assistive Technology (Lab)
Evidence Based Practice
Fieldwork Level I: Clinical Fieldwork or Community Service Learning

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 OT Leadership: Managing Change
Clinical Reasoning and Professional Development
Fieldwork Level IIa


Fieldwork Level IIb

Fourth Year

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

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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