We are now offering
2 additional tracks
Assistive Technology. Focuses on applying assistive technology for children and adults with disabilities across various environmental contexts. The program prepares graduates to implement and coordinate care through effective technology systems.
Behavioral & Mental Health. Prepares graduates to become behavioral and mental health service leaders by assisting clients in developing skills to enable participation and integration into schools, workplaces, and community settings.
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)
- 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.
Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions (RMUoHP) is proud to be a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). The AOTA is the national professional association that was established in 1917 to represent the interests and concerns of occupational therapy practitioners and students of occupational therapy and to improve the quality of occupational therapy services.
Our AOTA membership demonstrates the commitment that RMUoHP has made to the occupational therapy profession, the continuing education of students, and our support for the consumers who need occupational therapy services.
“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!”
“As a result of obtaining my post-professional doctorate in occupational therapy, I gained the confidence to initiate program changes at my facility that resulted in improved patient-centered care and greater interprofessional collaboration. The degree also gave me the confidence and willingness to serve as the volunteer professional development coordinator for the Rehabilitation and Disability Special Interest Section for AOTA. Also, the educational track provided me with the skills I needed to take on an adjunct teaching position teaching two classes at our local university. I also authored a continuing education article published in OT Practice Magazine based off of my capstone and work I continued at my facility. Also, I have presented two posters, one at our national conference and one at the state conference. All of those accomplishments were inspired by my education at RMUoHP.”
“RMUoHP provided me with the skills to review and utilize evidence-based research in my clinical practice to ensure my patients get the most out of their therapy services. I live in a small community, and this gives me great satisfaction as I live, work, and play with many of the people who are recipients of my services and am pleased to know they get the best quality of care possible as a result of the knowledge I gained in the OTD program.”