The OTD degree at Washington University prepares experienced occupational therapists for important leadership roles in health care, academia and the community. Our graduates teach future occupational therapy professionals, generate evidence for practice, develop community-based programming and measure the outcomes of occupational therapy services.
A learning plan is developed for each student that reflects the student’s professional objectives and meets the degree requirements. Core OTD coursework is complemented by learning experiences addressing the student’s interests and learning needs. Students explore contemporary topics, investigate factors affecting participation, translate evidence into practice, and develop skills to innovate change. In-depth investigation of factors affecting participation culminates in development of a practice model for a target population of interest to the student. Students design and complete a doctoral project under the close mentorship of experienced faculty and may be in partnership with a local expert clinician, scientist, administrator or community leader if the student is not on campus. A doctoral capstone is completed in a setting of their choice.
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 capstone that allows students to operationalize their coursework in a setting of their choice.
Applicants should discuss their preferences for participation in doctoral studies with Vicki Kaskutas, OTD, OTR/L, FAOTA, assistant director of education evaluation and quality, at 314-286-1672 or email@example.com.
If you already have a degree in occupational therapy and wish to pursue additional education in the field, you may qualify for admission to our Clinical Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (OTD) degree program.
Students may enter the OTD degree program with either a bachelor's or master's degree in occupational therapy. The length of the OTD degree program for students varies based on prior academic and professional experience.
Washington University encourages and gives full consideration to all applicants for admission, financial aid and employment.
The School of Medicine is committed to recruiting, enrolling and educating a diverse student body.
The Program in Occupational Therapy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE’s telephone number, c/o AOTA, is (301) 652-AOTA and its web address is www.acoteonline.org.
A felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.
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Program in Occupational Therapy
Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis
4444 Forest Park Ave., CB 8505
St. Louis, MO 63108-2212
Phone: 314-286-1600 • Toll free: 800-279-3229
TDD (Hearing Assist): 314-286-1651
Fax: 314-286-1601 • Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Current, future, and accepted applicants are encouraged to visit. We also welcome people who are exploring career options and considering occupational therapy. Dr. Kathy Kniepmann, one of our faculty members, opens our visit sessions with an informal presentation and discussion, followed by a tour that’s led by one of our current occupational therapy students.
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