Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD)

Online Graduate Degree

Advance your Occupational Therapy Career

Are you looking to broaden your career options but find conferences are no longer challenging or traditional higher education too time consuming? The online Occupational Therapy Doctorate program at Concordia University Wisconsin provides individuals the opportunity to earn their Doctorate in Occupational Therapy in as little as two years. Our flexible program provides three specialty tracks to help you reach your professional goals: Education, Hand and Upper Extremity Rehabilitation, and Pediatrics. Students in the Hand and Upper Extremity Rehabilitation or Pediatrics tracks are challenged to explore current practice techniques and the efficacy of treatment methods currently used in clinical work environments. Individuals in the Education track not only gain the ability to effectively teach students occupational therapy practices but also the evidence to support their treatments.

Program Benefits

  • Specialty tracks available to meet your needs: Education, Hand and Upper Extremity Rehabilitation, or Pediatrics.
  • Individuals with a Master’s in Occupational Therapy and three years of OT experience can earn their Clinical OTD in as little as 2 years.
  • Learn new treatment methods that have immediate and direct application to current clinical work environments.
  • Online format allows students the flexibility to earn their degree, requiring only two trips to the Mequon, Wisconsin campus throughout the program.
  • A capstone project will allow each student to explore an area of interest while being mentored by an advisor.

Doctor of Occupational Therapy

34 Credits Required

Course NumberCourse TitleDescriptionCredits
OT 901Professional Writing for Occupational TherapyIntroduction to Sociology is an introduction to the study of social groups and social relationships. The course analyzes basic sociological concepts to acquaint the student with the fundamental laws governing human relationships. Problems of social structure, social processes and social motivations will be considered.3
OT 911Advanced Evidence-Based PracticeThis course will help students develop advanced skills in evidence-based occupational therapy practice. Students will demonstrate a working knowledge of research methodology and statistics to continue to hone their skills in critical appraisal of scientific literature. Students will search for scientific evidence, read and critically appraise the evidence, and apply this information to clinical decision making. Students will consider topics in this course that may develop into their capstone project.3
OT 910Occupational Therapy Theory and Concepts in the Current Healthcare EnvironmentThis course will introduce students to current policy influencing the future direction of the profession of occupational therapy. Students will investigate these changes as they relate to the theoretical underpinnings of the profession and analyze changes and trends in occupational therapy over time.3
OT 915Occupational ScienceThis course will examine the relationship of occupation to health and well-being. Students will investigate how theories of occupation bring about change in their client populations through application of client-centered, occupation-based clinical practices. Occupational science will also be studied as a theoretical, foundational construct influencing the profession of occupational therapy.3
OT 916Mentoring and Clinical EducationThis course will provide students the opportunity to learn how to educate health professionals by reviewing learning theories and teaching strategies. Students will be introduced to models of mentorship while exploring the characteristics of an effective mentor. The course will develop skills in conflict resolution and communication in a community setting.3
Hand and Upper Extremity Rehabilitation Track Courses
OT 920Advanced Anatomy and Kinesiology of the Upper ExtremityThis course will analyze purposeful human movement through a combination of advanced cadaveric dissection and an in-depth look at structure and function. Biomechanical factors influencing musculoskeletal balance, efficiency, and dysfunction will be studied throughout the continuum from anatomic foundations to kinesthetic and proprioceptive movement. Peer-reviewed literature in the areas of biomechanics and foundational science will be used to complement course topics and guide advanced dissection.3
OT 921Conditions and Evaluation of the Upper ExtremityThis course will investigate comprehensive evaluative strategies of the upper extremity and relate proper subjective and objective measures to common clinical diagnoses. With the intent of data driven interventions and outcomes measurements, students will use current literature to establish a repertoire of evaluative tools which will guide their clinical decision making.3
OT 922Surgical Procedures informing Clinical Decision-MakingThis course will analyze common surgical procedures as a means to facilitate client-centered clinical decision making post-operatively. Attention will be paid to a comprehensive understanding of the indications, precautions, and contraindications associated with surgical procedures so that the therapist not only can rationalize chosen interventions, but provide in-depth education to their clients. Current literature and surgical demonstrations will be included as learning tools in this course.3
OT 923Evidence-based Upper Extremity RehabilitationThis course will employ previous learning, including anatomy, kinesiology, diagnoses, evaluations, and surgical procedures to establish evidence-based intervention planning for clients with multiple diagnoses. Students will be expected to identify diagnoses of personal interest and come prepared with current peer-reviewed literature which will facilitate the creation of comprehensive evaluation, intervention, education, and outcome planning. Specific attention will be paid to modalities and orthotic fabrication and the evidence which supports these adjunctive methods.3
Teaching in Higher Education Track Courses
OT 930Educating the Adult LearnerThis course will focus on adult development and learning theories. Students will identify the stages of adult development and examine the concept of andragogy versus pedagogy. Major theories of adult learning and how they relate to instructional practices will be explored. Physical and cognitive changes will be discussed in the context of teaching adult learners. This course will focus on teaching practices in both a traditional and online environment.3
OT 931Clinical Practice to Higher EducationThis course is designed to prepare the student for employment in high education. Accreditation bodies, policies and issues related to higher education will be explored. General expectations of entry level faculty at public and private institutions will be identified. This course will review curriculum development, strategic planning, and program evaluation.3
OT 932Assessment in Higher Education Allied Health ProfessionsThis course is designed to focus on research, policy, and best practices in course and program assessment in higher education specifically related to allied health professions. This will include an exploration of assessment to curriculum planning and in program evaluation. Students will identify, define, and interpret the types of valid and reliable education assessment methods and explore uses for formative, summative and authentic assessment. Informal and formal assessment methods will be explored and legal and ethical practices will also be addressed.3
OT 933Instructional Design for Higher Education Allied Health ProfessionsThis course will focus on the instructional design process and applying adult learning theory, communication media, and technology to develop interactive, collaborative educational experiences for higher education allied health professions. Established and upcoming instructional design models will be used to assist future higher education faculty develop effective courses in face-to-face, online, and/or blended formats.3
Pediatric Track Courses
OT 940Theory and Evidence in Pediatric Occupational TherapyThis course will challenge students to consider theoretical mechanisms explaining effectiveness of pediatric occupational therapy interventions. Students will also explore available scientific evidence on selected interventions. Topics explored can be based on student practice areas.3
OT 941Implementing Evidence-Based Treatment in Pediatric Occupational TherapyThis course will provide students the opportunity to translate knowledge gained from theory and evidence on OT interventions to their clinical practice. Students will select at least one intervention and develop a plan to implement it in their own practice. Faculty and expert clinicians will provide support through the process of implementing the treatment.3
OT 942The Impact of Governmental Policy on Pediatric PracticeThis course will explore federal and state policies and ways they affect early intervention/school-based practice areas. Students will consider trends in early intervention/school-based practice and how government policies impact service provision.3
OT 943Motor Control and Motor Learning in PediatricsThis course will examine current theories of motor control and motor learning as they relate to pediatric rehabilitation. Students will integrate clinical experience with theory and evidence for interventions based on current motor control and motor learning techniques. The course will primarily focus on reaching, grasping, and prehension in typically developing children and those with neuromuscular conditions.3