Post-Professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy program
The Post-Professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) degree program at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions is a 16-20 month, primarily online, post-professional program designed to enable students to continue meeting personal and professional obligations while pursuing their occupational therapy doctorate. The program offers elective tracks in the following areas:
- Advanced Practice (accelerated program)
- Administration & Practice Management
- Assistive Technology
- Behavioral & Mental Health
- Hand Therapy
Focusing on evidence-based practice and professional development, the OTD program is for practicing occupational therapists who strive to become leaders in the delivery of health and human services.
Limited-Residency Program: Mostly online, with 3-4 onsite visits scheduled throughout the curriculum depending on program. The program will be completed in 4-5 semesters contingent upon desired track.
“Attending RMU was a professional life-altering experience. The OTD curriculum was challenging and instilled in me the ability and confidence to become a stronger educator and mentor in academia. As a practitioner, it provided me with discernment in ethics and the ability to advocate evidence-based practice. Since graduating as an OTD, I am actively writing a manual and have mentored MOT students in performing qualitative research. One if our research projects has been selected for presentation at the AOTA conference.”
“RMUoHP provided me with a stellar OTD education that enhanced my ability to be an evidence-based practitioner and OT educator. This experience enabled me to grow professionally and personally while shaping my confidence. In addition to the amazing faculty, I developed close relationships with peers in my cohort. The rich, student-centered learning experience made my time at RMUoHP enjoyable and exciting. Although the majority of my class time was spent through online learning experience, I never felt alone. The on-campus visits were set-up scheduled in a way that made it easy for me to continue working my full-time job as an OTA program. I would encourage anyone to follow their dream of becoming an OTD. RMUoHP can certainly help you achieve your goals with a reasonable, high quality, and cost-effective education.”
“Rocky Mountain University provided me with an amazing and enriching education. I am fully prepared to handle future challenges we can expect to face in the healthcare industry. I felt stagnant and behind in practice trends when I first began my journey. I am leaving, feeling renewed and confident. I am excited to share my knowledge of evidence-based practice and to inspire other occupational therapists to advance their careers as well. What an amazing journey.”
“After being out of school for over 30 years, returning was filled with apprehension and excitement for what was to come as an adventure filled with knowledge, wisdom, and renewed passion for my occupational therapy profession as a whole. A specialist in hippotherapy, local, state, and national conferences were not stimulating for continuing education due to my lack of involvement within the associations and interest in research. Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions (RMUoHP) has changed my perspective of understanding the importance of participation and value of advocacy and research. The camaraderie of our cohort has developed into lifelong professional friendships through the opportunity to come together on, forums, campus visits, and group messaging. The support of every individual, as we engage in our professional and personal lives, during this time of growth in doctoral scholarship will be memories on commencement day which will last a lifetime. Thank you RMUoHP for the development of your OTD program, vested professors, and the amazing opportunity to grow again as a professional into a well rounded diverse emerging confident doctoral scholar.”
“I took a seven-year gap in my career to raise my family, and when I returned, I sensed changes in the field of occupational therapy. I tried to “catch up” by attending continuing education courses and adjusting myself to my service delivery context. Finally, I realized I needed to intentionally re-invest in my career so that I could provide the best quality care for my clients. I am currently half way through my OTD program, and already I see a difference in the way I practice occupational therapy. I feel more confident, capable, and connected to the incredible field of occupational therapy. RMUoHP provides quality, fascinating, and challenging education for the occupational therapist who wants to feel and be competent in a rapidly changing world!”