Academic Catalog - 2018-2019

College of Health and Human Services

Department of Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy, Doctor of Occupational Therapy


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The NAU OTD is designed to produce transformative, competent, entry-level practice scholars who innovatively and skillfully use meaningful occupation as the mediator and facilitator of participation between the person and environment. Graduates will meet specific learning outcomes stated as professional competencies in three major content areas: transformative service delivery; practice-scholar inquiry and servant leadership.
 

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College of Health and Human Services

Department of Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy, Doctor of Occupational Therapy


Careers

What Can I Do with a Doctor of Occupational Therapy in Occupational Therapy?

The NAU entry-level doctorate degree program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education® (ACOTE). ACOTE c/o Accreditation Department, American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc.®, 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449, (301) 652-6611 x2914, acoteonline.org

Professional program graduates are eligible to apply for certification by National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc.® (NBCOT), nbcot.org. Program results from the NBCOT can be found online at https://secure.nbcot.org/data/schoolstats.aspx.

Career opportunities that might be pursued:
  • Occupational therapist in pediatrics, community health, independent living, hand rehabilitation, substance abuse, infant care, stroke rehabilitation, geriatrics, developmental disabilities, home health, cerebral palsy, work hardening, intellectual and/or developmental disability, prevention, rehabilitation technology, case management and mental health. 
  • A doctor's degree opens opportunities for advancement into administration, research or teaching. 

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Academic Catalog - 2018-2019

College of Health and Human Services

Department of Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy, Doctor of Occupational Therapy


University Requirements

University Requirements
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Academic Catalog - 2018-2019

College of Health and Human Services

Department of Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy, Doctor of Occupational Therapy


Overview

In addition to University Requirements:

Minimum Units for Completion 138
Additional Admission Requirements Required
Comprehensive Exam Comprehensive Exam is required.
Fieldwork Experience/Internship Required
Research Individualized research is required.
Additional Fees/Program Fees Required
Some online/blended coursework Required
Residency Required Required

Purpose Statement

The NAU OT program offers first-rate educational, service learning, practice scholar and fieldwork experiences culminating in an individualized 16-week residency to develop occupational therapists. Presenting transformative skills, beyond the generalist level, practice-scholar competencies in the areas of practice, research, administration, leadership, program and policy development, advocacy, education, and theory predominate. As transformative practice scholars, our NAU OT graduates demonstrate the requisite skills and habits to use and create evidence to support practice, to facilitate change through leadership as well as to think critically and creatively as practice innovators.

The NAU OTD curriculum design reflects the essential concepts of the profession’s and contains ‘threads’ enacting the curriculum’s mission, vision and enabling belief’s about learning. The design will result in specific student outcomes that reflect both the generalist and post-generalist learning that needs to be included.

The program's curriculum design:

As a result, the curriculum design shows the scope (depth and breadth) of the program offered.


Student Learning Outcomes

In addition to the NAU Occupational Therapy Learning Outcomes below, the Doctorate program’s curriculum also achieves all competency standards set forth by their ACOTE accrediting agency.

NAU-specific Occupational Therapy Learning Outcomes
 
Occupational Therapy Core Philosophy Integration:

Transformative Service Delivery:Practice-Scholar InquiryServant LeadershipThe summarized standards/ outcomes are below.  See the full list of learning outcomes.

 

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Academic Catalog - 2018-2019

College of Health and Human Services

Department of Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy, Doctor of Occupational Therapy


Details

Additional Admission Requirements
Doctoral Requirements
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Academic Catalog - 2018-2019

College of Health and Human Services

Department of Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy, Doctor of Occupational Therapy


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