Doctor of Occupational Therapy
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The Doctor of Occupational therapy degree at Abilene Christian University is fully accredited by the American Council of Occupational Therapy Examiners (ACOTE). Graduates are eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).
The Doctor of Occupational Therapy, consisting of classroom instruction, fieldwork, and capstone experience may be completed in 29 months. A small, personalized program, cohorts of 18 are sought. The program is integrated with ACU’s quality Master of Occupational Therapy and students from both programs attend approximately two thirds of the courses together.
Overall the curriculum provides a foundation of generalist education which includes broad exposure to theories and practice areas in occupational therapy. Further focus provided by the OTD includes additional mentoring in servant leadership and autonomy of action, training in research techniques that are applicable within and without the clinical setting and concurrent specialized training in the students’ chosen area of clinical practice skills, research, administration, leadership, program and policy development, advocacy, education, or theory development.
The 85-hour program includes two 12-week fieldwork education rotations and a 14-week doctoral capstone experience. The capstone experience consists of two parts: the capstone project and the capstone experience. For the capstone experience, the student will complete an individual 14-week capstone experience in the students chosen area of specialization for the purpose of implementing the project.
Upon completion of degree requirements and dependent on the accreditation decision which will be made in August 2023 graduates will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.
What To Expect
These are the important details you will need to keep in mind as you prepare your application and degree plan.
Required Hours: 85
Program Length: 29 months
2023/2024 tuition per credit hour: $1,183
Occupational Therapy for Adult Populations
Doctor of Occupational Therapy Seminars I – IV
Leadership in Occupational Therapy
Specialized Occupational Therapy Preparation
November 15 (Rolling Admission)
Frequently Asked Questions
Mission and Vision
The mission of the Doctorate in Occupational Therapy is to prepare occupational therapy students to think and act critically, missionally, and globally through Christian service as specialized occupational therapy professionals and leaders throughout their respective communities.
We believe in teaching students to recognize that occupation in its broadest sense is a great gift from God and therefore requires great responsibility. This responsibility is taught through our core values of faith, service, authenticity, innovation, competency and servant leadership.
OTD Graduation Rates
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The entry-level Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) program at ACU is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its web address is www.acoteonline.org