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Occupational Therapy Doctorate - Graduate

Graduate Admissions Pathway

The Graduate Admissions Pathway requires that a candidate has complete all requirements outlined in the admissions process. A GAP applicant will have completed three years of college coursework. A 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) minimum cumulative GPA is required, as is a 3.25 (on a 4.0 scale) pre-requisite GPA. The admission criterion outlines additional requirements. The GAP utilizes the OTCAS system for admissions. Open spots will be determined based on the number of Integrated Admission Pathway students who qualify to enter OTD1.

While CSM is a women’s college, men are welcome to apply for the traditional admissions pathway via OTCAS system for admissions.

Plan of Study - Graduate Pathway

Pre-Course 

Introduction to Professional Identity (5 credit hours)

Year 1: First Semester 

Total Credit Hours: 17

  • Fundamentals of Theory (2 credit hours) 
  • Fundamentals of Evaluation (2 credit hours) 
  • Principles of Education and Communication (3credit hours)
  • Conditions and Environments Impacting Occupation (3 credit hours)
  • Human Movement and the Evaluation of the Body (3 credit hours)
  • Clinical Neuroscience and the Evaluation of the Brain (3 credit hours)
  • Scholarship and Research I: Evidence Based Concepts (1 credit hour)
     

Year 1: Second Semester 

Total Credit Hours: 18

  • The Occupational Therapy Process with Adults with Physical Challenges (3 credit hours) 
  • The Occupational Therapy Process with Children with Medical Challenges (3 credit hours) 
  • The Occupational Therapy Process with Psychosocial Challenges (3 credit hours)  
  • The Occupational Therapy Process with Children with Educational Challenges (3 credit hours)  
  • Scholarship and Research II: Application (2 credit hours) 
  • Doctoral Experiential Component I: Introduction Seminar (1 credit hour)
  • Clinical Reasoning I (2 credit hours)
     

Year 1: Summer 

Total Credit Hours: 11

  • Specialized Interventions I (3 credit hours)
  • Doctoral Experiential Component II: Capstone Development (2 credit hours)
  • Healthcare Ethics and Occupational Justice (3 credit hours)
  • Scholarship and research III: Application (2 credit hours)
  •  Level IB Fieldwork (1 credit hour)
     

Year 2: First Semester 

Total Credit Hours: 17

  • The Occupational Therapy Process with Adults with Neurological Challenges (3 credit hours)
  • The Occupational Therapy Process with Older Adults (3 credit hours)
  • Level IC Fieldwork (1 credit hour)
  • The Occupational Therapy Process in Primary Care and with Complex Cases (3 credit hours) 
  • Specialized Interventions II (3 credit hours) 
  • Clinical Reasoning II (2 credit hours)
  • Scholarship and Research IV: Outcomes (2 credit hours)
     

Year 2: Second Semester

Total Credit Hours: 12 

  • Level IIA Fieldwork (6 credit hours) 
  • Professional Identity: Health Policy and Advocacy (3 credit hours) 
  • Research and Scholarship V: Dissemination (1 credit hour) 
  • Clinical Reasoning: Outcomes (2 credit hours)
     

Year 2: Summer

Total Credit Hours: 12

  • Professional Identity: Administration and Leadership (3 credit hours) 
  • The Occupational Therapy Process with Groups, Populations and Communities (3 credit hours) 
  • Doctoral Experiential Component III: Capstone Development (3 credit hours)  
  • Advanced Practice Elective (3 credit hours) 
     

Year 3: First Semester 

Total Credit Hours: 7

  • Level IIB Fieldwork (6 credit hours) 
  • Competency Requirement (1 credit hour)
     

Year 3: Second Semester

Total Credit Hours: 8 

  • Doctoral Experiential Component: Rotation (7 credit hours) 
  • Doctoral Experiential Component IV: Capstone Dissemination (1 credit hour)

Requirements for Graduation from College of Saint Mary

For information about graduate classes, see the college graduate catalog.

Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for occupational therapist, administered by the National Board of Certification of Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, you will be an occupational therapist, registered (OTR). Most states require licensure in order to practice. State licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination, attain state licensure or complete fieldwork.

Accreditation 

The entry-level occupational therapy doctoral degree program has applied for accreditation and has been granted Candidacy Status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is www.acoteonline.org. The program must have a preaccreditation review, complete an on-site evaluation, and be granted Accreditation Status before its graduates will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

 

Admission Requirements 

  • Cumulative GPA: 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale.
  • Minimum prerequisite course GPA 3.25 or above on a 4.0 scale.
  • 3 years of equivalent college coursework.
  • A grade of C or better on all courses is required.
  • Completion of 100 service hours.
  • Resume or CV.
  • Letter of Intent.
  • Ability to comply with the CSM OTD Program Technical Standards
  • Minimum prerequisite course GPA 3.25 or above on a 4.0 scale.
  • All courses need to be completed with a C or above.
    • Anatomy and physiology I
    • Anatomy and physiology I Lab
    • Anatomy and physiology II
    • Anatomy and physiology II Lab
    • Abnormal Psychology
    • Developmental Psychology
    • Statistics
    • Research Methods
    • Medical Terminology
       
  • No more than six (6) prerequisite credit hours may remain at the time of application.  The applicant must complete all prerequisite coursework prior to the start of OTD courses.  The applicant must have taken all prerequisite courses within five years prior to application. 

  • Completion of the following recommended coursework provides a competitive advantage to an application:

    • Sociology/Anthropology
    • Ethics
    • Kinesiology
    • Pathophysiology
    • Public Speaking or Oral Communication
    • Global or Cultural Diversity course
    • Pre-Health Professions course
       

Graduate Pathway Admissions Decisions 

  • Past academic performance (GPA and completed courses).
  • Documented academic aptitude (Collegiate GPA).
  • Leadership and service activities.
  • Health care and/or clinical experiences (shadowing, volunteering, etc.).
  • Recommendations from qualified individuals with knowledge of the applicant’s character and performance.
  • Communication and interpersonal skills (via resume, essay, interview and review of letters of reference).
     

OTCAS Application Process

  • Post-baccalaureate candidates apply using the Central Application Service for Occupational Therapy (OTCAS)

Complete files are prepared for review by the OTD Admissions Committee and students will be notified of their interview status.

Academic Description

Occupational Therapy Doctorate - Graduate

Graduate Admissions Pathway

The Graduate Admissions Pathway requires that a candidate has complete all requirements outlined in the admissions process. A GAP applicant will have completed three years of college coursework. A 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) minimum cumulative GPA is required, as is a 3.25 (on a 4.0 scale) pre-requisite GPA. The admission criterion outlines additional requirements. The GAP utilizes the OTCAS system for admissions. Open spots will be determined based on the number of Integrated Admission Pathway students who qualify to enter OTD1.

While CSM is a women’s college, men are welcome to apply for the traditional admissions pathway via OTCAS system for admissions.

Accreditation

Accreditation 

The entry-level occupational therapy doctoral degree program has applied for accreditation and has been granted Candidacy Status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is www.acoteonline.org. The program must have a preaccreditation review, complete an on-site evaluation, and be granted Accreditation Status before its graduates will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

 

Admissions Requirements

Admission Requirements 

  • Cumulative GPA: 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale.
  • Minimum prerequisite course GPA 3.25 or above on a 4.0 scale.
  • 3 years of equivalent college coursework.
  • A grade of C or better on all courses is required.
  • Completion of 100 service hours.
  • Resume or CV.
  • Letter of Intent.
  • Ability to comply with the CSM OTD Program Technical Standards
  • Minimum prerequisite course GPA 3.25 or above on a 4.0 scale.
  • All courses need to be completed with a C or above.
    • Anatomy and physiology I
    • Anatomy and physiology I Lab
    • Anatomy and physiology II
    • Anatomy and physiology II Lab
    • Abnormal Psychology
    • Developmental Psychology
    • Statistics
    • Research Methods
    • Medical Terminology
       
  • No more than six (6) prerequisite credit hours may remain at the time of application.  The applicant must complete all prerequisite coursework prior to the start of OTD courses.  The applicant must have taken all prerequisite courses within five years prior to application. 

  • Completion of the following recommended coursework provides a competitive advantage to an application:

    • Sociology/Anthropology
    • Ethics
    • Kinesiology
    • Pathophysiology
    • Public Speaking or Oral Communication
    • Global or Cultural Diversity course
    • Pre-Health Professions course
       

Graduate Pathway Admissions Decisions 

  • Past academic performance (GPA and completed courses).
  • Documented academic aptitude (Collegiate GPA).
  • Leadership and service activities.
  • Health care and/or clinical experiences (shadowing, volunteering, etc.).
  • Recommendations from qualified individuals with knowledge of the applicant’s character and performance.
  • Communication and interpersonal skills (via resume, essay, interview and review of letters of reference).
     

OTCAS Application Process

  • Post-baccalaureate candidates apply using the Central Application Service for Occupational Therapy (OTCAS)

Complete files are prepared for review by the OTD Admissions Committee and students will be notified of their interview status.

Curriculum

Plan of Study - Graduate Pathway

Pre-Course 

Introduction to Professional Identity (5 credit hours)

Year 1: First Semester 

Total Credit Hours: 17

  • Fundamentals of Theory (2 credit hours) 
  • Fundamentals of Evaluation (2 credit hours) 
  • Principles of Education and Communication (3credit hours)
  • Conditions and Environments Impacting Occupation (3 credit hours)
  • Human Movement and the Evaluation of the Body (3 credit hours)
  • Clinical Neuroscience and the Evaluation of the Brain (3 credit hours)
  • Scholarship and Research I: Evidence Based Concepts (1 credit hour)
     

Year 1: Second Semester 

Total Credit Hours: 18

  • The Occupational Therapy Process with Adults with Physical Challenges (3 credit hours) 
  • The Occupational Therapy Process with Children with Medical Challenges (3 credit hours) 
  • The Occupational Therapy Process with Psychosocial Challenges (3 credit hours)  
  • The Occupational Therapy Process with Children with Educational Challenges (3 credit hours)  
  • Scholarship and Research II: Application (2 credit hours) 
  • Doctoral Experiential Component I: Introduction Seminar (1 credit hour)
  • Clinical Reasoning I (2 credit hours)
     

Year 1: Summer 

Total Credit Hours: 11

  • Specialized Interventions I (3 credit hours)
  • Doctoral Experiential Component II: Capstone Development (2 credit hours)
  • Healthcare Ethics and Occupational Justice (3 credit hours)
  • Scholarship and research III: Application (2 credit hours)
  •  Level IB Fieldwork (1 credit hour)
     

Year 2: First Semester 

Total Credit Hours: 17

  • The Occupational Therapy Process with Adults with Neurological Challenges (3 credit hours)
  • The Occupational Therapy Process with Older Adults (3 credit hours)
  • Level IC Fieldwork (1 credit hour)
  • The Occupational Therapy Process in Primary Care and with Complex Cases (3 credit hours) 
  • Specialized Interventions II (3 credit hours) 
  • Clinical Reasoning II (2 credit hours)
  • Scholarship and Research IV: Outcomes (2 credit hours)
     

Year 2: Second Semester

Total Credit Hours: 12 

  • Level IIA Fieldwork (6 credit hours) 
  • Professional Identity: Health Policy and Advocacy (3 credit hours) 
  • Research and Scholarship V: Dissemination (1 credit hour) 
  • Clinical Reasoning: Outcomes (2 credit hours)
     

Year 2: Summer

Total Credit Hours: 12

  • Professional Identity: Administration and Leadership (3 credit hours) 
  • The Occupational Therapy Process with Groups, Populations and Communities (3 credit hours) 
  • Doctoral Experiential Component III: Capstone Development (3 credit hours)  
  • Advanced Practice Elective (3 credit hours) 
     

Year 3: First Semester 

Total Credit Hours: 7

  • Level IIB Fieldwork (6 credit hours) 
  • Competency Requirement (1 credit hour)
     

Year 3: Second Semester

Total Credit Hours: 8 

  • Doctoral Experiential Component: Rotation (7 credit hours) 
  • Doctoral Experiential Component IV: Capstone Dissemination (1 credit hour)

Degree Requirements

Requirements for Graduation from College of Saint Mary

For information about graduate classes, see the college graduate catalog.

Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for occupational therapist, administered by the National Board of Certification of Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, you will be an occupational therapist, registered (OTR). Most states require licensure in order to practice. State licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination, attain state licensure or complete fieldwork.