2018-2019 General Catalog 
    Mar 19, 2018  
2018-2019 General Catalog

Occupational Therapy, O.T.D.

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Occupational and Recreational Therapies
520 Wakara Way

Minimum Doctorate Hours: 36 - 60

The professional doctorate in Occupational Therapy (OTD) is available to individuals with a degree in occupational therapy from an entry-level educational program. We offer this program completely online, making it a great choice for working professionals all over the world. Applicants to this program must be certified by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) or equivalent in their country of residence/practice and have at least two years of practice as an OT. Our OTD program accommodates students holding either a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree level with specific paths for both. The focus of the OTD is to provide clinicians with a stronger, more up-to-date theoretical base; advance their leadership skills; and provide them with knowledge and skills in evidence-based research related to their chosen area of emphasis. Common to both tracks is the doctoral level courses which total 36 credits; including foundational courses, core curricular courses, and a capstone project that serves as the culminating project which demonstrates the student’s level of scholarship. Students applying to the program who have earned a Bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy take up to an additional 24 credits of coursework. The specific number of credits required will be determined based on an evaluation of the transcripts from the student’s baccalaureate program.

Admission Requirements

Applicants for admission must apply through Apply Yourself (AY). Please review the information found on Graduate Admissions web page prior to submitting your application. Under the Program Information section on the AY application, choose your program of interest, Occupational Therapy DOT. Applicants will need to upload copies of official transcripts from all universities attended to verify graduation from an accredited occupational therapy program.

Upload the following under the Academic Interests and Background section:

  1. Current curriculum vitae or resume.
  2. Statement of purpose addressing the applicant’s objectives for his/her doctoral education, including area of clinical expertise, and potential areas of research focus. Statement should be 2-3 pages in length.
  3. Copy of certification from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) or, if international student, other national certification agency. Upload to the section titled “Post Submission.”
  4. Copy of current occupational therapy license within a jurisdiction in the United States (if applicable). Upload to the section titled “Post Submission.”
  5. Three letters of recommendation attesting to your ability to successfully engage in complete doctoral level work, capacity to be a leader in the profession and ability to work collaboratively to achieve professional outcomes. References may be from a supervisor, a colleague, or professor. This can NOT be done through AY application website. However, applicants will be required to list the recommender names along with the program you are applying to (Occupational Therapy DOT). The other information is not necessary, except you will need to indicate whether or not you waive your right to examine the letters of recommendation. The AY system will then ask you if the provider will be submitting the letter online - here you need to indicate NO. Please note that these must be LETTERS and should not be done on any type of recommendation form. Recommendation letters can be sent via email directly to Kelly Brown or via regular US Mail to:
Kelly Brown, Academic Advisor
University of Utah
Department of Occupational and Recreational Therapies
520 Wakara Way
Salt Lake City, UT 84108

International applicants must have a minimum TOEFL score of 100 iBT (600 pBT). (Minimum score requirements are subject to change) Students who have previously completed the TOEFL, but have been outside of the United States for two or more years since taking the examination will be required to complete a new TOEFL exam and meet the minimum requirements.

Application Deadline.

Fall Semester Spring Semester Summer Term
April 1st November 1st March 15th

Graduation Requirements

Candidates must complete all course work with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better with no course grades below C. Candidates must also successfully complete the requirements of the capstone project.


Doctoral Requirements for Occupational Therapy

Prerequisite Courses

(Complete only if entering the program with a bachelor’s degree)

Occupational Therapy Electives

(Complete 6 credits)

Note: Elective offerings may change every semester. Students may not use an elective to finish the capstone project.

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