Curriculum

Our OTD curriculum prepares seasoned occupational therapists for leadership roles in academia, clinical research, clinical practice and the community. An individualized learning plan is developed that meets the doctoral degree requirements and reflects the student’s professional goals. Educational experiences in the core OTD courses are tailored to meet the student’s learning objectives and allow for in-depth investigation of factors affecting the student’s target population of interest. Students develop a practice model, explore contemporary topics, translate evidence into practice, and build skills to innovate change. A doctoral project spanning several semesters is performed under the close mentorship of experienced faculty and may be in partnership with local expert clinician, scientist, administrator or community leader. Coursework culminates in the doctoral experiential component that allows students to operationalize their coursework in a setting of their choice.

A blended learning approach allows students to complete many learning experiences remotely. Students may also choose study plans requiring on-site learning at our campus in St. Louis, Missouri. Post-professional students may work as teaching assistants in our entry-level occupational therapy program. There are also opportunities to work as a clinician in our growing clinical and community practice or a research assistant in one of our interdisciplinary faculty member’s laboratories.

Applicants should discuss their preferences for participation in post-professional doctoral studies with Vicki Kaskutas, OTD, MHS, OTR/L, FAOTA, assistant director of the post-professional occupational therapy doctorate degree program at 314-286-1672 or kaskutasv@wustl.edu.

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