Occupational Therapy (OTD)

Program Features

Degree Awarded: Doctor of Occupational Therapy (Candidacy Status)

Xavier is transitioning to an entry-level Doctor of Occupational Therapy program that anticipates graduating the first class of students in 2023. Students in the doctoral program will become experts at improving health care outcomes by using occupation or meaningful activity to address physical, emotional or educational needs. They will graduate with an entry-level Occupational Therapy doctoral degree, ready to make a difference in the lives of others. Xavier will begin accepting its second class of doctoral students for fall 2021 enrollment through the online application system opening on July 16.

Candidacy Status for the Doctor of Occupational Therapy program was granted by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). Learn more about the accreditation at www.acoteonline.org. Xavier's program must have a pre-accreditation review, complete an on-site evaluation, and be granted Accreditation Status before its 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).

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.

Application deadline is January 15, 2021, for program start in Fall 2021, after which rolling admission will be underway until slots are filled. For accepted students, one required online course is recommended for completion Summer 2021 (or latest by Summer term after) followed by a full course load in Fall semester. 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.

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.

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 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

All for one

Xavier is ranked #1 for its excellent academic reputation among top competitors in the region. Students get the most out of their education, from rigorous classroom studies to experiential learning in the real world.

Fieldwork Education

Fieldwork education is a valuable component of the program, providing opportunities to connect knowledge learned in the classroom to the various practice arenas of occupational therapy. Cincinnati is the perfect classroom offering various locations from hospitals to outpatient clinics, day care and mental health facilities. Level I field work begins year two and Level II begins in year three of the OTD program.


Real-World Experience

New Hub Facilities

Xavier’s new Health United Building, which opened in fall 2019, offers a variety of modern classroom environments that provide a well-rounded learning experience. The clinical and daily living OT labs allow for patient assessment, and the high-tech, state-of-the-art computer labs feature technology for research and intervention.


State-of-the-Art Facilities

International Experience

For the past 12 years, current MOT students had the option to complete their service learning in Guatemala. Now, the OTD students will have a similar immersion experience for Level I fieldwork placement. This unforgettable experience will build skills to last a lifetime.


Experience the World

Freshman Pathway

For students entering Xavier University as freshmen, there is an OTD Direct Admit Pathway. Half of the student slots for the OTD program will be held for incoming Xavier University first-year 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 (Candidacy Status).

Learn More

Occupational Therapy (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 2020 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."