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We see you making a positive difference in the world as an occupational therapist.

The Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) program at Cedar Crest College is built upon the foundation of a long history of excellence in healthcare training. Classwork, research, and fieldwork combine to provide the knowledge, skills, and experience to take you to the next level of your career.

  • Engage in the dynamic field of occupational therapy through community-based practice sites and innovative practice areas.
  • Explore concepts such as occupational justice, health care management, advocacy, leadership, and preventative health.
  • Expand your skillset in leading-edge facilities designed to champion the future of the OTD profession.

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Required Curriculum (108 credits)

OTD500         Foundations of Occupational Therapy (3 credits)
OTD 506        Research I: Scholarship & Evidence-Based Practice (2 credits)
OTD 512         Anatomy, Movement, & Occupational Performance (4 credits)
OTD 518        Occupational Behavior & Clinical Reasoning (2 credits)
OTD 524        Leadership Development & Social Change (2 credits)
OTD 530        Group Dynamics & Contexts (2 credits)
Research II: Scholarly Project (2 credits)
OTD 550        Qualitative Research & Occupational Performance (2 credits) or
OTD 556        Quantitative Research & Occupational Performance (2 credits)
OTD 562        Children & Adolescents Development, Occupations, & Performance (4 credits)
OTD 568        Children & Adolescents Evaluation & Skills Lab (4 credits)
OTD 574        Level I Fieldwork: Children & Adolescents (1 credit)
OTD 580        Functional Neuroscience & Occupational Performance (3 credits)
OTD586         Doctoral Experience Milestone: Introduction & Exploration (1 credit)
OTD 600       Adult Development, Occupations, & Performance (4 credits)
OTD 606        Adult Evaluation & Skills Lab (4 credits)
OTD 612        Level I Fieldwork: Adults (1 credit)
OTD 618        Psychosocial Approach to Occupations (3 credits)
OTD 624        Level I Fieldwork: Psychosocial (1 credit)
OTD 630        Special Topics in Occupational Therapy (2 credits)
OTD 636        Doctoral Experience Milestone: Proposal (1 credit)
OTD 650        Older Adult Development, Occupations, & Performance (4 credits)
OTD 656        Older Adult Evaluation & Skills Lab (4 credits)
OTD 662        Level I Fieldwork: Older Adult (1 credit)
OTD 668        Practitioner as Education (3 credits)
OTD 674        Research III: Systematic Review (3 credits)
OTD 680       Doctoral Experience Milestone: Partnership (1 credit)
OTD 700        Fieldwork Level IIA (8 credits)
OTD 706        Management in Healthcare I (online) (1 credit)
OTD 701        Fieldwork Level IIB (8 credits)
OTD 707        Management in Healthcare II (online) (1 credit)
OTD 800       Integration of Learning in Occupational Therapy (3 credits)
OTD 806       Advanced Leadership & Advocacy in Occupational Therapy (3 credits)
OTD 812        Capstone Preparation I (3 credits)
OTD 850        Health and Well-being (3 credits)
OTD 856        Occupational Justice (3 credits)
OTD 862        Capstone Preparation II (3 credits)
OTD 900       Doctoral Capstone Experience (9 credits)
OTD 906        Doctoral Capstone Dissemination (1 credit)

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The entry-level occupational therapy doctoral degree program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA, and its web address is

Graduates of the program 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 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.

Students must complete 24 weeks of Level II fieldwork as well as an individual 14-week capstone experience within 51 months of matriculation. The doctoral capstone experience must be started after completion of all coursework and Level II fieldwork as well as completion of preparatory activities defined in 2018 ACOTE OTD Standard D.1.3.

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