​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Doctor of Occupational Therapy

At the University of Findlay, students in the​ Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) Program are equipped with the coursework, experiential learning and fieldwork experiences necessary to fulfill leadership roles and advanced positions in the occupational therapy field. 

Three-Year OTD Program

The Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program is a three-year, post-baccalaureate program. An early assurance option is available to high school seniors who complete their bachelor's degree at the University of Findlay. 
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Curriculum Information

Designed to be completed in nine consecutive semesters with summer terms, the Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program is a 122-credit program including:

  • 98 academic course credits
  • 3 Level l Fieldwork credits (120 hours)
  • 12 Level ll Fieldwork credits (960 hours)
  • 2 Doctoral Capstone​ Project credits 
  • 7 Doctoral Capstone Experience credits (56​0 hours)
Level l Fieldwork is integrated throughout the academic program, Level ll Fieldwork follows the completion of all academic requirements, and the Doctoral Experience provides​ students with an opportunity to enhance their skills and expertise in specific areas of interest (i.e. clinical practice, administration, advocacy, research, and/or education.) Click here to view the Doctor of Occupational Therapy courses.​


The occupational therapy program reserves the right to make program and admission requirement changes without prior notice.


Admission Requirements

Students wishing to apply for admission to the Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program must complete the admission criteria and prerequisite courses. Students enrolled at the University of Findlay are given special consideration. Click​ here to view the admission criteria and prerequisite courses.

Early Assurance

High school seniors have the option to apply for the Early Assurance Program which reserves a seat in the Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program following the completion of their bachelor's degree and required criteria at the University of Findlay. Students with a 3.5 GPA (3.5 on a 4.0 scale) or higher and a 25 ACT (1200​ SAT) or a higher score may be eligible. 

Students can choose any bachelor's degree that meets the ​required prerequisites for the OTD Program. We recommend working toward a bachelor's degree in exercise scienceintervention specialistpsychology or social work, as they have​ clear pathways to the OTD Program​. C​lick here for more information about the Early Assurance Program.


Mission

The mission of the Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) Program at the University of Findlay is to prepare occupational therapists who value clinical and professional reasoning, implement evidence-based, community-focused, and occupation-based approaches to practice grounded in the tenets of humans as occupational beings; are ethical, reflective, autonomous practitioners and leaders in a variety of meaningful professional roles for service with diverse populations.​


Accreditation Status


The University of Findlay’s entry-level occupational therapy doctoral degree program has been granted Accreditation with Conditions with a 7 year review cycle 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. 

 

Accreditation with Conditions granted following an initial on-site evaluation: The accreditation review process confirms that the program is in substantial compliance with the ACOTE Accreditation Standards for a Doctoral-Degree-Level. A program in substantial compliance with the Standards may have areas of concern with one or more specific Standards that are believed to be readily correctable with appropriate evidence provided within 60 days of ACOTE action or a monitoring report due within one year. Once the areas of concern are corrected, the accreditation status will be changed to Accreditation. At the time of ACOTE action to grant Accreditation or Accreditation with Conditions, ACOTE awards an accreditation period based on the following criteria: 5-year review cycles are the standard number of years for initial accreditation; and 7-year review cycles are granted to those programs that have no areas of noncompliance and have demonstrated exceptional educational quality.

 

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.



Projected Schedule

Inaugural students may apply to the program
2018
Students may be notified of acceptance into the program
2018
First class starts 
2019
First class begins Level ll Fieldwork
2021
ACOTE Accreditation Decision
2021
First class graduates
May 2022
NBCOT Certification Examination
2022

For more information about the​ Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program, please contact Amy Yeater at 419-434-6936 or [email protected]




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