This just in: Johnson & Wales University is launching its brand new post-professional Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) program. And guess what? It’s 100 percent online.
A collaboration between JWU’s College of Health & Wellness and College of Online Education, the online OTD program is an accredited, two-year terminal degree for practicing OTs who are looking to expand their clinical knowledge and skills or become OT educators.
According to program director Ann Burkhardt, OTD, OTR/L, FAOTA, the occupational therapy landscape is changing, making doctoral degrees for practicing OTs the new standard.
“Societal need is shifting from a focus on individual and group-level care to the implementation of new community and population-focused programs. These programs need to be focused on the social determinants of health and developing care models to address them,” Burkhardt said. “The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) has recommended that all entry-level programs at the professional level become entry-level doctoral programs within 10 years. The market demands will rely upon doctoral educated practicing OTs to address this shift and lead the profession as we move forward.”
If you’re interested in earning your OTD, here’s what you need to know about JWU’s program:
1. It’s a post-professional program.
Candidates for JWU’s online OTD program will be practicing occupational therapists who already possess a master’s degree in OT. In order to be accepted into the program, applicants will need to have proof of at least 6,000 hours of practice as an OT.
2. It’s two years long.
The doctoral program is 36 credits. Students will take one, eight-week course at a time online, allowing them to focus on their course and move quickly through the content.
3. Students will choose between two concentrations.
JWU’s online OTD program offers two concentrations: advanced clinical skills and higher education. Students in the advanced clinical skills concentration will learn how to transform their clinical practices to create high-quality care delivery and work toward achieving specialization and certification in their areas of concentration. Students who choose the higher education concertation will advance their knowledge of adult learning skills, education research, and teaching methods in order to educate OTs at any level.
4. Courses are taught by terminally-credentialed faculty.
Johnson & Wales has a long history of hiring high-quality faculty members with years of expertise in their fields. The faculty in this OTD program are terminally-degreed individuals with strong academic and professional credentials. They also have experience developing and teaching occupational therapy courses.
5. The program is launching next year.
Our online OTD program is officially accepting applications for the Fall 2018 term. There is no application fee or entrance exam—and our admissions requirements are designed to ensure that applicants are prepared for the academic challenge of doctoral work.
For more information on the Occupational Therapy Doctorate program, including admissions requirements, program cost, and courses, click here.