Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD)

Program Features

Degree Awarded: Doctor of Occupational Therapy

As an occupational therapy student, you'll graduate with an entry-level doctorate degree (OTD), ready to make a difference in the lives of others. Xavier's OTD Program has been granted Candidacy Status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education.

ABOUT OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY

Occupational therapists are members of a health care team who care for people, groups, and populations. Occupational therapists help their clients achieve what they need most: the ability to participate in their own lives and communities. 

XAVIER’S PROGRAM 

Students in the doctoral program will gain skills to last a lifetime. Grounded in ethics, you will
become future practitioners, leaders, advocates and scholars. Xavier’s program offers many community- learning opportunities. Cincinnati is perfect for hands-on practice through access to hospitals, rehabilitation sites, educational settings, mental health facilities, skilled nursing homes and community-based settings.

On-site, state-of-the-art clinical, daily living, and technology labs allow for assessment, intervention, and research using the latest tools and techniques.

Long-standing and ever-growing new partnerships offer opportunities for completion of the Capstone Project and Experience in areas of leadership, advocacy, program and policy development, education, and research.

ADMISSION

The Entry-level Occupational Therapy Doctorate Degree Admission Requirements describe the application materials. The proposed application process for initial acceptance into the OTD program includes but is not limited to the following: completion of a minimum of a bachelor's degree with an earned cumulative GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale preferred; completion of all pre-requisite course requirements; meeting competitive GRE score criteria; and submitting an application that is accompanied by documentation of two separate volunteer experiences (waived for program start Fall 2021 due to COVID-19) and three letters of recommendation.

Rolling admission for Fall 2021 is underway until slots are filled. Offers of acceptance will be determined by the following: 1). Applications will be reviewed, scored and rank-ordered; 2). Top candidates meeting criteria will be offered acceptance; 3). Remaining applicants who meet criteria will be wait-listed and offered acceptance as slots are available until admissions close.

Submit application via OTCAS, the common online occupational therapy application system.

For students entering Xavier University as freshman, there is the potential for a Direct Admit Pathway . Fifty percent of OTD student slots will be held for incoming Xavier University freshman students who are in the upper tier as indicated by high school cumulative GPA and ACT or SAT scores, and continue to meet OTD Admission criteria upon application to the OTD Program.

Information Sessions

Tuesday April 27, 2021 12:30-1:30p EDT (in-person or Zoom)

Friday May 14, 2021 12:30-1:30p EDT (in-person or Zoom)

Monday May 24, 2021 12:30-1:30p EDT (in-person or Zoom)

Wednesday June 9, 2021 12:30-1:30p EDT (in-person or Zoom)

 

Curriculum

Summer

  • 500 Foundations & Application of Human Sciences (33)

Fall

  • 502 Occupational Sciences............ 3cr.
  • 504 Foundations of Occupational Therapy............ 3cr.
  • 506 Occupational Therapy Professional Standards/Ethics............ 3cr.
  • 508 Occupational Therapy Theory............ 3cr.
  • 510 Therapeutic Skills............ 3cr.
  • 512 Therapeutic Skills Lab............ 1cr.

Spring

  • 520 Occupational Therapy Measurement and Assessment............ 3cr.
  • 522 Occupational Therapy Quantitative Research Methods............ 3cr.
  • 524 Occupational Justice............ 3cr.
  • 526 Occupational Therapy Process Behavioral Health............ 3cr.
  • 528 Behavioral Health Lab............ 1cr.
  • 530 Focused Topic Grant Writing............ 1cr.
  • 532 Focused Topic Occupational Therapy Evidence-based Practice............ 1cr.
  • 534 Capstone Overview............ 1cr.

Fall

  • 600 Occupational Therapy Process Pediatrics............ 3cr.
  • 602 Pediatrics Lab............ 1cr.
  • 604 Capstone Development I............ 3cr.
  • 606 Occupational Therapy Qualitative Research Methods............ 3cr.
  • 608 Environmental Analysis............ 3cr.
  • 610 Focused Topic School-based Practice............ 1cr.
  • 612 Focused Topic Academia............ 1cr.
  • 614 Level I Fieldwork Pediatrics............ 1cr.

Spring

  • 620 Occupational Therapy Process Adults............ 3cr.
  • 622 Adults Lab............ 1cr.
  • 624 Capstone Development II............ 3cr.
  • 626 Assistive Technology for Lifespan............ 3cr.
  • 628 Assistive Technology Lab............ 1cr.
  • 630 Occupational Therapy Management and Supervision............ 3cr.
  • 632 Research Project 1............ 1cr.
  • 634 Focused Topic Lab: Prosthetics, PAMs, Splinting............ 1cr.

Fall

  • 700 Occupational Therapy Process Geriatrics............ 3cr.
  • 702 Capstone Development III............ 1cr.
  • 704 Research Project II............ 3cr.
  • 706 Advanced Practice: Population Health & Community-Based Practice............ 3cr.
  • 708 Occupational Therapy Leadership & Advocacy............ 3cr.
  • 710 Focused Topic Elective............ 1cr.
  • 712 Level I Fieldwork Adult/Geriatric............ 1cr.
  • 714 Level I TIDE Fieldwork............ 1cr.

Spring

  • 720 Level II Fieldwork A............ 6cr.
  • 722 Level II Fieldwork B............ 6cr.

Fall

  • 800 Capstone Practicum............ 6cr.
  • 802 Capstone Dissemination............ 3cr.

Sample Courses

OCTD 510 Therapeutic Skills (3)
Overview of intervention skills to include therapeutic use of self; teaching-learning process; standard and electronic documentation; safety standards and procedures (HIPAA/BBP, vitals); functional mobility (wheelchairs, transfers); assistive devices; and select strength and movement assessments.

OCTD 524 Occupational Justice (3)
Exploration of justice theories; diversity factors; contexts and culture; power structures associated with life participation for marginalized persons, groups, and populations. Includes national and international policies as well as human rights' advocacy. 

OCTD 600 Occupational Therapy Process: Pediatrics (3)
Implementation of occupational therapy process with pediatric populations using rehabilitative approach. Includes overview of common developmental, neurological, and orthopedic conditions served, evidence-based evaluation and interventions, and dynamics of hospital and community-based practice, including teaming and documentation.

OCTD 706 Advanced Practice: Population Health & Community-Based Practice (3)
Course content relates to evidence-based interventions and consultative services related to health and wellness occupational needs using community and population-based approaches. Interprofessional teaming, care coordination and transition services using local, state, regional, national, and international resources are also emphasized.

Tuition and Fees

Outcomes

Occupational therapy is a rewarding and satisfying career that requires a high level of skill and expertise. The occupational therapy doctoral degree provides “opportunities for the occupational therapist to possess the necessary knowledge and skills as a direct care provider, consultant, educator, manager, leader, researcher, and advocate for the profession and the consumer (ACOTE Standards, 2018).” Future graduates of Xavier’s OTD program will have many exciting and promising opportunities for a fulfilling career.

Explore Xavier Alumni Outcomes

OTD Mission

Our Mission is to educate and prepare future occupational therapists who respond to the occupational needs of a diverse, complex, interdependent, and ever-changing global society. Xavier University OTD graduates will practice as ethical, competent, and caring professionals using critical, creative, and reflective thinking and habits of lifelong learning. As professionals, Xavier University graduates will balance autonomous and collaborative decision-making to successfully navigate a variety of delivery systems in traditional and emerging practice areas where they implement theory-driven and evidence-based practice.  Xavier University graduates will be leaders who model and advocate for justice for people, populations, and communities. To promote occupational participation and advance the profession, our graduates will utilize, produce, and disseminate scholarly works.

Fieldwork and Capstone

Cincinnati is the perfect classroom for hands-on practice through hospitals, rehabilitation sites, school settings, mental health facilities and skilled nursing homes. Additionally, long-lasting professional partnerships offer students opportunities to complete the Doctoral Capstone Project and Doctoral Capstone Experience in areas of leadership, advocacy, program and policy development, education or research.


Occupational Therapy: Clinic lab, Activities of Daily Living lab, and Technology lab

Our on-site, clinical, daily living, and technology labs allow for assessment, intervention, and research using the latest tools and techniques. These three dedicated labs, along with new classrooms, are located in a building which opened in 2019-2020. The building also houses student health and counseling services, and a recreational center, standing together as one of the eight pillars of a Jesuit education: health and wellness.


State-of-the-Art Facilities

International Experience

All students have the opportunity to complete an international Level I fieldwork experience, gaining skills to last a lifetime. As our world is ever inter-connected, inter-related, and inter-dependent, your worldview and skill set will expand exponentially.


Experience the World

AOTA

MOT Program accredited and OTD Program granted Candidacy Status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). 

AOTA Vision 2025   Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE)

NBCOT

For NBCOT licensure pass rates, please visit:

https://secure.nbcot.org/data/schoolstats.aspx

Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) Program at Xavier University

Students in the Doctor of Occupational Therapy program become leaders in the effort to improve health-care outcomes by using occupation or meaningful activity to address physical, emotional or educational needs. Students graduate with an entry-level Occupational Therapy doctoral degree, ready to make a difference in the lives of others. Xavier University is now accepting students into the entry-level Doctor of Occupational Therapy program for fall 2021 enrollment.

Xavier University's College of Professional Sciences prepares undergraduate and graduate students intellectually, morally and spiritually for careers and professions of service. CPS challenges students to strive for academic excellence and life-long learning through promoting collaboration and community partnerships, and incorporating research, scholarship and innovation.

Xavier University is a private university located in Cincinnati, Ohio, providing a liberal arts education in the Jesuit Catholic tradition. Founded in 1831, the University is the sixth-oldest Catholic university in the nation. It has been ranked among the top 10 master's-level universities in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report for the past two decades. The Princeton Review names it one of the "Best 385 Colleges in America."