Occupational Therapy (OTD)

Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD)

The first entry-level doctoral degree cohort will begin coursework in Summer 2021 and graduate in Summer 2024 with an Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD). The application cycle for this cohort will be open July 2020 – January 2021. Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis and the program may be full prior to the application deadline.

Department of Occupational Therapy
School of Health Professions
801B Clark Hall, Columbia, MO 65211
(573) 882-3988; FAX (573) 884-2610
https://healthprofessions.missouri.edu/occupational-therapy/

Degree Requirements

Entry-Level OTD

This includes students with no previous OT degree to practice as licensed occupational therapists.  Students must complete a baccalaureate degree in any field, including several specific prerequisite courses, prior to beinngin the entry-level OTD program.  Students will complete 115 credit hours over 3.5 years in a full-time on-site cohort model curriculum.  The 115 credits include the 79 credits already offered in the existing master's level OT program plus an additional 36 credits of new coursework and doctoral capstone experience in alignment with ACOTE's Accreditation Standards.  Students will also be required to pass a national certification exam administered by the National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy in order to gain entry into the profession and obtain licensure.  Students will have the ability to customize their educational plans through unique combinations of elective coursework, fieldwork, and doctoral capstone experiences.

Post-Professional OTD with master's in OT

This includes students entering with a master's degree in Occupational Therapy, and licensed to practice as occupational therapists.  Students entering at this level will complete the final 36 credits of the OTC curriculum which will be offered entirely online.  Students will have the ability to customize their educational plans to meet their unique academic and professional goals.  Since they are already practicing occupational therapists, they will not be required to complete fieldwork experiences.  However, they will have the opportunity to select unique combinations of elective coursework and doctoral capstone experiences.  Furthermore, because all post-professional coursework will be offered online, students may choose to complete their degree on a part-time enrollment basis.

Post-Professional OTD with bachelor's in OT

This includes students entering with a bachelor's degree in Occupational Therapy, and licensed to practice as occupational therapists.  Students entering at this level will complete 15 credits of foundational coursework.  Then they will progress to the final 36 credits of the OTD curriculum, for a total of 51 credits, which will be offered entirely online.  Students will have the ability to customize their educational plans to meet their unique academic and professional goals.  Since they are already practicing occupational therapists, they will not be required to complete fieldwork experiences.  However, they will have the opportunity to select unique combinations of elective coursework and doctoral capstone experiences.  Furthermore, because all post-professional coursework will be offered online, students may choose to complete their degree on a part-time enrollment basis.

Required Coursework

Entry-Level OTD Required Coursework
OC_THR 5010Professional Development3
OC_THR 5020Foundations and Theory in Occupational Therapy3
OC_THR 5030Human Development and Occupation3
OC_THR 5110Introduction to Evidence-Based Practice3
OC_THR 5120Principles of Assessment3
OC_THR 5130Conditions in Occupational Therapy1
OC_THR 5140Human Motion and Occupation4
OC_THR 5150Concepts of Neuroscience2
OC_THR 5160Psychosocial Aspects of Occupational Therapy3
OC_THR 5210Adult Practice4
OC_THR 5220Pediatric Practice4
OC_THR 5230Application of Evidence Based Practice3
OC_THR 5240Clinical Reasoning and Documentation2
OC_THR 5250Emerging Trends in Occupational Therapy1
OC_THR 5260Occupational Therapy Practicum I2
OC_THR 5310Advanced Practice Strategies4
OC_THR 5320Performance, Participation, and Well-Being2
OC_THR 5330Functional Cognition2
OC_THR 5350Proposal Development2
OC_THR 5410Case Based Learning4
OC_THR 5420Populations and Communities4
OC_THR 5430Leadership, Management, and Policy3
OC_THR 5440Contemporary Issues in Occupational Therapy2
OC_THR 5450Occupational Therapy Practicum II2
OC_THR 5470EBP Seminar3
OC_THR 5471Evidence Based Practice Mentor Hour1
OC_THR 5510 Fieldwork II-A6
OC_THR 5520Fieldwork II-B6
OC_THR 6010Occupational Based Practice3
OC_THR 6020Population Health3
OC_THR 6030Professional Leadership & Development3
OC_THR 6040Advanced EBP3
OC_THR 6041Capstone I - Mentor Hour1
OC_THR 6110Practice Analysis3
OC_THR 6120Instructional Design & App3
OC_THR 6130Capstone I - Project3
OC_THR 6140Capstone II - Project Planning B2
OC_THR 6141Capstone II - Mentor Hour1
OC_THR 6210Capstone II - Experience6
HTH_PR 5100Intro to Interprofessional Practice1
Electives in 3rd Year (3 required, 4th optional)
OC_THR 6190
Health Professions Educator
OC_THR 6191
Community Engagement in HP
OC_THR 6192
Research in OT
OC_THR 6193
Complex Adaptive Leadership
Post-Professional OTD with Bachelor's in OT Required Coursework
OC_THR 5610Theoretical Concepts of OT3
OC_THR 5620Evidence Based Practice in OT3
OC_THR 5630Community-Based OT Practice3
OC_THR 5640Overview of Current OT Practice3
OC_THR 5650Self-Directed OT Practicum3
OC_THR 6010Occupation Based Practice3
OC_THR 6020Population Health3
OC_THR 6030Professional Leadership & Development3
OC_THR 6040Advanced EBP3
OC_THR 6110Practice Analysis3
OC_THR 6120Instructional Design & App3
OC_THR 6130Capstone I - Project3
OC_THR 6210Capstone II - Experience6
Elective #13
Elective #23
Elective #33
Post-Professional OTD with Master's in OT Required Coursework
OC_THR 6010Occupation Based Practice3
OC_THR 6020Population Health3
OC_THR 6030Professional Leadership & Development3
OC_THR 6040Advanced EBP3
OC_THR 6110Practice Analysis3
OC_THR 6120Instructional Design & App3
OC_THR 6130Capstone I - Project3
OC_THR 6210Capstone II - Experience6
Elective #13
Elective #23
Elective #33

Coursework is subject to minor changes as the program makes occasional curricular revisions to meet accreditation requirements and to reflect contemporary occupational therapy practice.

Alternative Curriculum

3+3 BHS / OTD Option for MU Health Sciences Students

MU Health Sciences students have the option to apply for early consideration for admission to the MU OT program. Selected students will complete a 3+3 option, with 3 years of undergraduate coursework + 3 years of professional OT coursework to earn both a Bachelor in Health Science (BHS) and an Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) degree.

  • Students considering this option will apply during the Summer/Fall after their sophomore year (after 60 credit hours completed); selected students begin coursework the summer after completion of their junior year
  • First year of OTD professional coursework also counts toward the BHS degree. Students must have at least 90 credits, all OT prerequisites, and all BHS degree requirements except the capstone requirement completed before beginning the OTD program. Students will then graduate with their BHS in May after successfully completing the 1st year of OTD coursework. The first year of OTD coursework includes a fieldwork experience and a practicum experience which combined will meet the capstone requirement for the BHS degree.
  • Students applying for the 3+3 option will be considered in the same pool as all other applicants. There are no reserved spots for 3+3 applicants, nor is there a limit on the number of 3+3 applicants we will accept.
  • The more prerequisites you have completed at the time of application, the more strongly your application will be considered. (Same is true for all applicants.)
  • Professional tuition begins at the start of OTD coursework; students enrolled in professional coursework are no longer eligible for Pell Grants. See https://cashiers.missouri.edu/cost/ for current professional tuition rates for the occupational therapy program.

MU Health Sciences students applying for the 3+3 option must work very closely with their undergraduate School of Health Professions advisors before, during, and after application to ensure that they have completed all Health Science degree program requirements AND all OT prerequisites before beginning the OTD program.