Doctor of Occupational Therapy (Post-Professional)

Shape the Future of Occupational Therapy. Earn Your Clinical Doctorate.

16 Months | Online or Limited-Residency | Clinical Doctorate

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PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

Lead, Educate, and Specialize

Further your career opportunities in the field as you prepare to better serve your patients with occupational therapy needs. Specialize in an area of your choice. Prepare to become a clinical supervisor or to assume a leadership role. Advocate within the profession and the healthcare field. Educate the next generation of occupational therapists or move into clinical healthcare education.

Increase the Quality of Care for Patients

It always comes back to our patients and their outcomes. Learn how to research clinically and how to apply the best research for your patients. Offer the best possible care.

Choose Your Learning Model

Learn the way that works best for you and your lifestyle. We offer both a limited-residency and a completely-online program option. The limited-residency program is mainly online with 3 short onsite visits during the duration of the program.

Designed for the Working Occupational Therapist

Our program is designed for you, the working occupational therapist. Most of our students are full-time working professionals with very busy schedules. We have students that have practiced for 10, 20, and 30 years, as well as students who have just entered the field. Your course load is designed to be completed on top of a full-time job; coursework and instructional materials are available to you 24/7.

Pioneers in Post-Professional OTD Education

We were one of the first post-professional OTD programs. We have many alumni from our program who are making a major impact in healthcare and for their patients. We understand the needs of both the occupational therapists, and patients. Become a pioneer in the Occupational Therapy profession with us.

CONCENTRATION TRACKS

Advanced Practice

 OTD with young boy on the floorAdvanced Practice

Teach, advocate, lead, or practice in an entrepreneurial role. Focus on research, clinical reasoning and best practices, program evaluation, and business-related aspects of practice in this accelerated program track. Master the concepts of applying empirical evidence at the point of care and in the everyday aspects of occupational therapy practice. Learn the needed theoretical knowledge and practical skills required for success in this rewarding career field.

Aging

OTD with geriatric patient and pegboard

Aging

Address the complex needs of senior populations. Serve the growing needs of the aging population. Focus on the physical and psychosocial dimensions of aging, neuropathology, and degenerative disease as you apply evidence-based practices and principles.

Assistive Technology

OTD works with boy and assistive technology
Assistive Technology

Apply assistive technology for children and adults with disabilities. Prepare to identify areas of need, as well as implement and coordinate care through effective technology systems. Learn to work across various environmental contexts.

Education

OTD with OT students

Education

Enter the academic field. Contribute to the OT profession’s growing need for doctoral-level educators. Focus on education and learning in an academic setting. Explore the dimensions of adult learning, instructional design principles, and pedagogical methodology.

Hand Therapy

OTD doing hand therapy

Hand Therapy

Advance your level of evidence-based practice specific to the upper extremities. Focus on the treatment of orthopedic conditions to optimize arm and hand use. Prepare to provide an advanced level of client-centered, occupation-based therapy designed to restore function and well-being.

Health & Wellness Coaching

OTD doing hand therapy

Health & Wellness Coaching

Become an expert in coaching approaches as a Nationally-Certified Health and Wellness Coach. Develop an understanding of the rationale and the psychological and physiological mechanisms underlying coaching techniques and client responses. Facilitate positive, sustainable behavior change.

Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions is an approved program by the National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching (NBHWC). After students successfully complete the 3 coaching courses and the required practice sessions students are eligible to sit for the National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach (NBC-HWC) exam.

Leadership

OTD stands with other leaders

Leadership

Influence the OT profession from a leadership and practice management perspective. Explore leadership theories, organizational development, and financial management strategies. Learn to implement evidence-based philosophy with a reflection on key professional trends.

Pediatrics

OTD works with baby and her parent

Pediatrics

Prepare for a future in neonatal, early intervention, or school-based practice. Learn to consider the unique occupational needs of infants, children, and youth, as well as the principles of physical, sensory, and cognitive impairment. Prepare for success in a variety of settings, including clinics, schools, and private practices.

Curriculum

Our curriculum is designed to help you advance your career as a Doctor of Occupational Therapy. We help prepare you to make a bigger difference in your patients’ lives and in the field.

An occupational therapist with an OTD works with a young toddler girl with a prosthetic leg to stack blocks

Concentration Tracks

Choose to specialize in an area of your choice. Become a content expert in your chosen concentration area: Advanced Practice, Aging, Assistive Technology, Education, Hand Therapy, Health and Wellness Coaching, Leadership or Pediatrics.

Capstone

Choose an area of clinical specialization of your choice. Become an expert in that area as you research and create your capstone project. Become an independent clinician-researcher. Effect systems change in professional OT environments.

Research Design

Dive deep into quantitative and qualitative inquiry. Learn methods and applications as you examine traditions, trends, and emerging areas of practice. Understand how research informs practice.

Evidence-Based Practice

Dive deep into evidence-based practice and applied clinical reasoning. You’ll learn research design, epidemiology, biostatistics, how to evaluate and apply medical literature, and more. Become an evidence-based occupational therapist.

IMPORTANT DATES

Fall 2021

Priority Application Deadline:  June 28, 2021
Final Application Deadline:  August 2, 2021
Semester Start: August 30, 2021

Summer 2022

Priority Application Deadline: February 28, 2022
Final Application Deadline: April 4, 2022
Semester Start: May 2, 2022

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • Bachelor’s or master’s degree from an accredited institution (or foreign equivalent)
  • A current US occupational therapy license
  • A minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Preferably a minimum of one year of clinical experience prior to submitting an application for admission

Faculty

Bryan M. Gee

Bryan M. Gee

Ph.D., OTD, OTR/L, BCP

Post-Professional OTD Program Director
Jane H. Ewoniuk

Jane H. Ewoniuk

DSc, MOT, OTR/L, NBC-HWC

Assistant to the Program

Kristin Biggins

Kristin Biggins

OTD, OTR/L, CHT, CLT, PYT

Elective Track Director for Hand Therapy, Doctor of Occupational Therapy

Ellen Hudgins

Ellen Hudgins

OTD, OTR/L, ITOI

APM Elective Track Director in the Post-Professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program

Lynn Gitlow

PhD, OTR/L, ATP, FAOTA

Elective Track Director for Assistive Technology

Beth Christoffel

OTD, OTR/L, CHT

Faculty, Doctor of Occupational Therapy & Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy

Sandra E Groger

OTD, OTR/L

Faculty, Doctor of Occupational Therapy

Lynn McIver

OTD, OTR/L

Faculty, Doctor of Occupational Therapy

Robert Krueger

Robert Krueger

PhD, OTD, OTR/L

Faculty, Doctor of Occupational Therapy
Kimberly Lloyd

Kimberly Lloyd

OTD, OTR/L

Faculty, Doctor of Occupational Therapy

Sonia Paquette

Sonia Paquette

OTD, OTR/L, CPE, ABVE-D

Faculty, Doctor of Occupational Therapy

Sarah Schoen

Sarah Schoen

PhD, OTR

Faculty, Doctor of Occupational Therapy & Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy

Amy Nwora

Amy Nwora

PhD, OTR/L

Pediatric Track Director, Doctor of Occupational Therapy

Kimberly Masker

Kimberly Masker

OTD, OTR/L, CHT

Faculty, Doctor of Occupational Therapy

UNIVERSITY ACCREDITATION

Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (8060 165th Avenue NE Ste 100, Redmond, WA 98052-3981), an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Secretary of the US Department of Education.

Tuition & Financial Aid

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