OTD PROGRAM Scholarships Available!
The goal of the Occupational Therapy program at
Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions
(RMUoHP) is to address the national need for high quality occupational therapy services by providing a new direction in professional education that promotes the scholarship of practice. The program is open to all individuals having an entry-level degree in occupational therapy. The RMUoHP Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) program provides meaningful, obtainable, and affordable post-professional education to occupational therapists and facilitates the development of the occupational therapy practice-scholar who embeds research in his or her everyday practice.
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The program provides practicing clinicians with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to contribute to occupational therapy becoming a powerful, widely recognized, science-driven, and evidence-based profession with a globally connected and diverse workforce meeting society’s occupational needs. The University developed the curriculum based on established educational standards. Upon successful completion of the curriculum, RMUoHP confers the degree of Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) to graduates.
The mission of RMUoHP’s Post-professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) program is to teach and inspire evidence-based practice, leadership and professional development for occupational therapists to be practice-scholars and leaders in health and human service.
Occupational Therapy specialty courses in the program promote synthesis of reflective practice, professional trends, occupational science, and ethical implications of organizational issues in healthcare. Core courses provide students with the ability to use systematic reviews as a method to synthesize knowledge, guide practice and justify reimbursement for services. These courses teach students to make judgments about the validity, results, and application of research and to implement evidence-based decision-making in their careers. Several elective tracks are offered, including Pediatric Science and Aging. Specialty courses highlight advances in science associated with specialty areas of practice and include an individually designed capstone project that allows students to pursue a clinical sub-specialty area or to develop a teaching, clinical, or administrative project related to their professional interests.
- Utilize evidence-based practice
- Demonstrate practice/clinical scholarship
- Demonstrate leadership
- Promote participation in occupation as the practice and outcome of occupational therapy
This elective track of the OTD program highlights aspects of healthcare administration and practice management. Students are exposed to current theories in leadership, management of healthcare facilities and practices, strategy, financial analysis, planning and budgeting, and organizational development. An individually designed capstone project allows students to develop their administrative and practice management skills.
The post-professional OTD program with the elective track in Aging will consist of core courses and specialty courses designed to broaden the student’s perspective. Core courses include topics such as EBP principles, EBP interventions, occupation-centered theory and practice, evidence-based decision-making, the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework, occupational science, and pharmacology. Aging track courses include topics in the psychosocial and biological dimensions of aging as well as the neuropathological changes associated with degenerative disease states such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. In addition, the program will highlight the areas of marketing and administration, educational techniques, and applied research to ensure excellence in the field of occupational therapy.
The post-professional OTD program with the elective track in Hand Therapy will emphasize evidence-based practice, and will provide a strong framework for hand therapists to apply this knowledge in daily practice. This elective track will follow along in course sequence with the OTD curriculum and provide the CHT with additional study related to the domain of hand therapy.
The purposes of the track are to:
- Provide a solid foundation for promoting and contributing to evidence-based practice and critical analysis of practice in hand therapy
- Prepare clinical doctoral level hand therapists to contribute to leadership in the practice development of hand therapy
- Advance the CHT’s venue for study with peers in an academic environment
This elective track of the OTD program highlights aspects of pediatric science to include topics in oral-motor and feeding impairments and sensory processing applicable to school-based or early intervention practice settings. Students are exposed to current theories guiding pediatric practice. In addition, the curriculum permits pediatric therapists interested in neonatal/early intervention practice or school-based practice to take elective courses specific to their interests. An individually designed capstone project allows students to develop their pediatric science skills.
This elective track consists of specialty courses designed to broaden the student’s perspective on education and learning in occupational therapy academic settings. Elective courses include EDU 718 Introduction to Occupational Therapy Educational Settings, EDU 726 The Foundations of Instructional Design, EDU 736 Instructional Methods for Occupational Therapy Education. Students are exposed to the foundational concepts of adult education and learning knowledge necessary for entry into the academic arena. An individually designed capstone project allows students to demonstrate their advanced knowledge of education and learning.
ACOTE standards for entry-level occupational therapy education require the majority of academic faculty to hold a doctoral degree. The RMUoHP elective track in Education creates the cornerstone necessary to contribute to the profession’s growing need to achieve this standard.