Programs of Study
Occupational Therapy Doctorate (Students Entering Fall 2023)


The Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) program is a three-year, year-round professional program that prepares students for community or clinical practice, post-doctorate educational experiences, and many other occupational therapy practice opportunities. Students may be admitted to pre-OT directly from high school and upon successful completion of established criteria, may be considered for admittance to the three-year professional program.

Students who have completed the proper coursework at another institution may apply for admission into the professional program after completing 90 credit hours of undergraduate coursework. Students must have completed the prerequisite coursework listed on the OTD admission page.

Drake OTD Program Outcomes

The Program Outcomes should answer the question: What do we want our Drake OTD graduates to look like or accomplish by completing our program.

The Drake University Occupational Therapy Doctorate Program will prepare students with the flexible, clinical, analytical and practice skills necessary to succeed in occupational therapy through an interdisciplinary blend of professional, science, and liberal arts education. The purpose of the program is to provide graduates with entry-level knowledge base, skills, attitudes, ethics and values to succeed in occupational therapy careers. The program will endeavor to produce graduates that will be successful in the following areas:

The Drake OTD program outcomes are:

1. Graduates will demonstrate the ability to utilize and analyze evidence for occupation-based
practice and develop habits of life-long learning
2. Graduates will value and engage in service opportunities to promote health and well-being for diverse and underserved populations.
3. Graduates will demonstrate competent clinical reasoning and care using occupation to enable clients across the lifespan within varied groups, and populations to live life to the fullest.
4. Graduates will display professionalism, ethical behavior, and advocacy skills to influence positive change with clients, communities, and the profession.

OTD Curricular Themes

Curriculum threads serve to emphasize critical knowledge, content, values or behaviors in the curriculum. Not every course has to address each theme.

Our curriculum themes are:

1. Professional responsibility and scholarship
2. Collaborative community engagement
3. Occupation across the life span
4. Professional identity

Click Here for Curriculum for Students Entering Fall 2020

Curriculum for Students Entering Fall 2023

OTD Year 1
OTD 201Theoretical Foundations of Occupational Therapy3 CR
OTD 203Intro to the Occupational Therapy Process3 CR
OTD 207Health, Wellness, and Well-Being3 CR
OTD 209Neuroscience3 CR
OTD 210Clinical Conditions Across the Lifespan3 CR
OTD 211Human Movement and Occupational Therapy3 CR

Semester Total Credit Hours

OTD 219Neuro-Rehabilitation3 CR
OTD 220Health Care Policy and Advocacy3 CR
OTD 227Psychosocial Application to Occupational Therapy3 CR
OTD 228Research I3 CR
OTD 229Occupational Therapy Skills and Adaptations3 CR
OTD 261Level IA Fieldwork1 CR

Semester Total Credit Hours

OTD 230Pediatrics I3 CR
OTD 236Professional Reasoning in Occupational Therapy3 CR
OTD 238Evidence Based Practice3 CR
OTD 239Physical Rehabilitation and Orthopedic Care in OT 3 CR
OTD 262Level IB Fieldwork1 CR

Semester Total Credit Hours

OTD Year 2
OTD 240Pediatrics II3 CR
OTD 247Teaching and Learning in Occupational Therapy3 CR
OTD 248Research II3 CR
OTD 249Universal Design and Technology in OT3 CR
OTD 253Special Topics (take fall or spring only - 1 CR)1 CR
OTD 263Level IC Fieldwork1 CR
OTD 270Doctoral Capstone Preparation3 CR

Semester Total Credit Hours

OTD 252Leadership and Management in Occupational Therapy3 CR
OTD 253Special Topics (take fall or spring only - 1 CR)0 CR
OTD 256Advanced Professional Reasoning and Ethics (VE AOI)3 CR
OTD 257Population Health Promotion3 CR
OTD 258Research III2 CR
OTD 259Aging Adults and Community3 CR

Semester Total Credit Hours

OTD 265Level IIA Fieldwork12 CR

Semester Total Credit Hours

OTD Year 3
OTD 266Level IIB Fieldwork12 CR

Semester Total Credit Hours

OTD 271Doctoral Capstone14 CR

Semester Total Credit Hours

Total Program Hours: 116

Program Notes:

Employment following Graduation:

  • • • Community Practice
  • • • Hospital-Based Practice
  • • • School-Based Practice
  • • • Early Intervention
  • • • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
  • • • Hand and Orthopedic Clinics
  • • • Private Practice
  • • • Skilled Nursing Facilities
  • • • Home Healthcare
  • • • Academia
  • • • Consultative Work
  • • • Regulatory Agencies
  • • • Local, State, and National organizations


Students should complete all didactic classes in two years. The expected total length of the program is three years. Students must complete all Level II fieldwork and the doctoral capstone within 24 months following completion of the didactic portion of the program. Students must graduate within 150% of the stated program length beginning with enrollment in the first course.