OTD in 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 beginning the entry-level OTD program.  Students will complete 116 credit hours over 3.5 years in a full-time on-site cohort model curriculum.  Students will also be required to pass a national certification exam administered by the National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) 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.

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 5510Fieldwork Level II-A6
OC_THR 5520Fieldwork Level II-B6
OC_THR 6010Advanced Occupation Based Practice3
OC_THR 6020Population Health3
OC_THR 6030Occupational Therapy Practicum III2
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

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

Early-Entry Options for the Entry-Level OTD

The University of Missouri OTD program offers two early-entry options for students who are interested in OT and want to begin OT coursework prior to the completion of a bachelor’s degree. While a bachelor’s degree is not required to complete the OTD, we strongly encourage applicants who want to pursue early-entry to also obtain a bachelor’s degree if at all possible.

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
  • Students must have evidence of a minimum of three semesters of college coursework after high school graduation.
  • 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.

Sample Pre-OT Plan with Electives: https://healthprofessions.missouri.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/7/2020/04/Sample-Pre-OT-Academic-Plan-with-Electives.pdf 

Sample Pre-OT Plan without Electives: https://healthprofessions.missouri.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/7/2020/04/Sample-Pre-OT-Academic-Plan-without-Electives.pdf 

Please note that the Health and Wellness emphasis is not required for application to the OTD program, but that particular emphasis area may offer the most flexibility in completing both the OT prerequisites and the BHS degree requirements in 3 years.

These academic plans are intended to be a guide for students preparing to apply to the 3+3 entry-level OTD program, but they do not replace advising. Students must seek advising from a School of Health Professions advisor before and after application to ensure that they are on track to complete all requirements for their declared emphasis area for the Health Science degree.

Students must have approval from their School of Health Professions advisor in order to apply for the 3+3 option. Additional information regarding documentation of this approval will be available during each application cycle.

The first opportunity to apply for the 3+3 option will be during the application cycle running July 2020 - January 2021, with accepted students for the 3+3 program beginning professional coursework in Summer 2021, graduating with a BHS in Spring 2022, and graduating with an OTD in Summer 2024. Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis and the program may be full prior to the application deadline.

Early-Entry Option for Students Outside the University of Missouri

There will be an early-entry option available to prospective students from outside the University of Missouri who are interested in the OTD program. Students must complete a minimum of 90 credits of undergraduate coursework, all of the prerequisite course requirements and all other admission requirements before starting the OTD program. Completion of their undergraduate degree will be contingent on their undergraduate institution allowing the courses in the first year of the OTD program to count toward completion of their undergraduate degree.

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 36 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.

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.

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 hours of foundational coursework, followed by 36 credits of PPOTD coursework, 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.

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

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