The occupational therapy doctorate (OTD) program faculty at Southern Illinois University (SIU) draws upon the Philosophical Base of Occupational Therapy, with an understanding that … “the use of occupation to promote individual, family, community, and population health is the core of occupational therapy practice, education, research, and advocacy” (AOTA,2017 p. 71). Identifying with the definition of occupational therapy, according to the Occupational Therapy Framework: Domain and Process, as the therapeutic use of everyday life occupations with persons, groups, or populations (i.e., the client) for the purpose of enhancing or enabling participation…” (AOTA, 2020 p. 1); the occupational therapy doctorate (OTD) program faculty value the contribution of engagement in occupation to the health and well-being of others.
The occupational therapy doctorate program at Southern Illinois University, is an entry-level, professional curriculum, designed to facilitate students’ knowledge of occupation, and understanding of the philosophical foundation, and multilayer relationship of occupation to addressing barriers to physical and mental health, well-being, and quality of life of persons, groups, and populations. Building on a long-standing belief that “the seminal idea of occupation needs to become the central organizing framework of a future-oriented curriculum to create an integrated profession in which practice, ideas, research, and education support and nurture one another for the benefit of society” (Yerxa, 1998, p. 366); the occupational therapy doctorate program at Southern Illinois University has implemented a subject centered, more specifically, an occupation centered, education connecting all aspects of the curriculum to occupation (Hooper, Krishnagiri, & Price, 2020).
Consistent with the program mission, to prepare occupational therapy practitioners for future leadership within the profession, the program is designed at the doctoral level, preparing entry-level students as generalists, with the experience of developing in-depth knowledge in a designated area of interest. The entry-level doctoral program is designed to provide students with an opportunity to incorporate evidence into practice and acquire advanced practice skills; engage in research and scholarship, and gain professional leadership skills in advocating for clients, services, and outcomes of intervention. The full-time, occupational therapy doctorate program curriculum is offered within a hybrid weekend format utilizing a flipped classroom, blended learning model.
The flipped classroom provides a contemporary format for blended/hybrid instruction, within a learning environment that allows flexibility within the students learning schedules. Students will engage in an exchange of diverse ideas, and critical reflection occurring within a learning environment that includes asynchronous learning activities taking place on the D2L learning management platform, in combination with 8-10 weekends per academic term, of on-campus instruction, lab exercises, simulated activities; and practical experiences. The hands-on application of instruction and student learning during on-campus weekend sessions, is further augmented through two full-time, off-campus (40 hour per week) level II fieldwork placements, doctoral capstone experience and culminating project.
Completion of all coursework requirements for the entry-level occupational therapy doctorate degree, with a grade of B or better in all coursework, and minimum GPA of 3.0, required for degree completion.
Successful completion of two 12-week full-time supervised Level II Fieldwork placements scheduled in the summer of year one, and spring of year two of the program; having been completed within 24 months of successfully completing all academic coursework.
Successful completion, in spring year three of the program of a full-time, 14-week Doctoral Capstone Experience and completion of a Doctoral Capstone Project.
Successful completion of all degree requirements within 5 years of matriculation.
Fall Year 1 (A)
- OTD 500: Foundations of Occupational Therapy
- OTD 501: Analyzing Occupation
- OTD 502: Art and Science of Teaching and Learning
- OTD 503: Introduction to Research and Scholarly Practice
- OTD 504: Health of Communities and Populations I
Fall Year 1 (B)
- OTD 505: Applied Neuroscience for the Occupational Therapist
- OTD 506: Human Movement and Occupational Performance
- OTD 507: Leadership Development
- OTD 508: Quantitative Research
Spring Year 1 (A)
- OTD 510: Exploring Theories and Practice Evidence I - Adult and Older Adults
- OTD 511: Evaluation and Intervention Planning I – Adult and Older Adults
- OTD 512: Intervention, Discharge Planning and Outcomes I - Adult and Older Adults
- OTD 513: Fieldwork Seminar IA – Adult and Older Adults
Spring Year 1 (B)
- OTD 514: Qualitative Research
- OTD 515: Health of Communities and Populations II
- OTD 516: Leadership and Management of Delivery Services
- OTD 517: Advocating for the Occupational Therapy Profession
Summer Year 1
- OTD 520: Fieldwork Level IIA 12 weeks (May-August)
- OTD 521: Research Proposal Development I
Fall Year 2 (A)
- OTD 530: Exploring theories and Evidence II Children and Youth
- OTD 531 Evaluation and Intervention Planning II - Children and Youth
- OTD 532 Intervention, Discharge Planning and Outcomes II - Children and Youth
- OTD 533: Fieldwork Seminar IB – Children and Youth
Fall Year 2 (B)
- OTD 534: Exploring Theories and Practice Evidence III – Mental Health and Community Practice
- OTD 535: Evaluation and Intervention Planning III - Mental Health and Community Practice
- OTD 536: Intervention, Discharge Planning and Outcomes III – Mental Health and Community Practice
- OTD 537:Fieldwork Seminar IC - Mental Health and Community Practice
Spring Year 2
- OTD 540: Level IIB Fieldwork - 12 weeks
- OTD 541: Research Proposal Development II
- OTD 542: Doctoral Capstone Experience Planning I
Summer Year 2
- OTD 550: Implementing Research
- OTD 551: Doctoral Capstone Experience Planning II
Fall Year 3
- OTD 560: Program Synthesis I OTD 561: Advanced Studies Seminar
- OTD 562: Doctoral Capstone Experience and Project Development
- OTD 563: Doctoral Capstone Experience and Project Defense
Spring Year 3
- OTD 570 Doctoral Capstone Experience
- OTD 571: Doctoral Capstone Project OTD 572: Program Synthesis II