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Occupational Therapy



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PROGRAM OVERVIEW: St. Ambrose has offered a program leading to a registered occupational therapist degree since 1991 and been accredited in good standing through that history. As the profession of occupational therapy and healthcare have developed, the program also transitioned from a baccalaureate program to a master's program. The program is well-known for educating knowledgeable and ethical practitioners who advance innovative solutions in order to promote participation in daily life. Built on this strong foundation, the Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) is an entry-level program that will prepare students as practitioners who can meet today's occupational needs and challenges.

This 3-year doctoral program emphasizes occupational justice and occupational participation. Occupational justice subscribes to the belief that all people should have support and access to engage in their chosen occupations. And, furthermore, that people have an intrinsic desire to engage in meaningful occupational in order to develop and thrive. The OTD curriculum emphasizes occupational engagement, professionalism, and evidence-based reasoning. OTD students engage in active learning and reflection throughout the program to develop their knowledge and skills to enter practice. Prospective students must have earned a baccalaureate degree, completed pre-requisite courses, and participated in a competitive application process.

MISSION STATEMENT: The St. Ambrose University Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) Program develops ethical, innovative, and sensitive health professionals engaged in life-long learning who serve as socially responsive individuals dedicated to optimizing the occupational participation of others in a diverse and global society.

ACCREDITATION: The entry-level OTD has applied for accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). The accreditation process takes approximately two years and is designed to start before the first class of students enter the program and be completed before the first class graduates. Currently, the program is in Step 1 of the process and is designated as an Applicant Program. Please contact the OT Department at 563-333-6277 to discuss any questions related to this process.

APPLICATION: Prospective students must have completed pre-requisite courses and participate in a competitive application process. Students chosen baccalaureate degree must be earned before beginning OTD coursework.

COURSEWORK OVERVIEW: The professional coursework spans 36 months with the final year including 24 weeks of full-time field experience, doctoral project completion, and a 16 week experiential component.

TECHNICAL STANDARDS: The Technical Standards of the OTD Program describe the performance expectations of students in the OTD Program and may be helpful in determining if accommodations may be needed. The Technical Standards apply to the entire OTD curriculum and may include activities held in the classroom, lab sessions, and/or during fieldwork or experiential placements. Students must be able to demonstrate the skills required of all curricular activities, with or without reasonable accommodations.