The occupational therapy program provides a sequence of coursework, field placements, and capstone experiences that culminate in the occupational therapy doctorate (OTD). The University of Toledo offered the first OTD in Ohio and the first OTD program in the nation at a public institution. The OTD program is accredited by the:
Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education of the American Occupational Therapy Association
6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200
North Bethesda, MD
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 graduate will be an occupational therapist, registered (OTR). In addition, most states require licensure to practice; however 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 or attain state licensure.
Due to the sequential nature of the curriculum, matriculation to the OTD program occurs fall semester only. Applications may be submitted after July 15th for admission the following academic year. If you have questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 419.530.6670.
The following criteria are used for admission:
- Bachelor degree in any field of study with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 at graduation. The Bachelor degree must be completed prior to starting the program, NOT prior to application.
- GRE with minimum mean percentile rank of 33% across all three sections.
- Completion of the OT Centralized Application System (OTCAS) and payment of fee.
- Completion of The University of Toledo's OTD supplemental application and payment of fee (including the Prerequisite Completion Plan form and Writing Sample).
- Prerequisites: Applicants must receive a B- or better in all prerequisite courses. Prerequisite courses must be completed prior to starting the program, NOT prior to application:
- Introductory Biology (3 semester or 4 quarter credits), Lab required
- Human Anatomy and Physiology (6 semester or 8 quarter credits). Lab required, however, if Anatomy and Physiology are taken as separate courses, we require a lab for Anatomy but not Physiology
- Introduction to Psychology (3 semester or 4 quarter credits)
- Abnormal Psychology (3 semester or 4 quarter credits)
- Introduction to Sociology or Anthropology (3 semester or 4 quarter credits)
- Medical Terminology (course or proficiency test)
- Statistics (3 semester or 4 quarter credits)
- Lifespan Human Development: You may meet this requirement by EITHER:
- obtaining a B- or better in a Lifespan Human Development course (3 semester or 4 quarter credits) that covers human development from birth to death OR
- obtaining a B- or better in both a Child Development (3 semester or 4 quarter credits) course AND a Gerontology/Psychology of Aging course (3 semester or 4 quarter credits)
- UT Writing Sample (found within The University of Toledo's OTD supplemental). This is not the same as the Personal Statement that is part of the OTCAS application.
- Three letters of recommendation (submitted through the OTCAS application only).
NOTE: You must apply via http://portal.otcas.org to access the OTCAS application. The University of Toledo’s OTD supplemental application is available at apply.utoledo.edu. The OTCAS portal and UT Supplemental application opens in mid-July for each admission cycle. Refer to the UT Occupational Therapy webpage for detailed admission requirements.
The Program Technical Standards for the Occupational Therapy Doctoral Program can be found published on the program’s website at utoledo.edu/hhs/ot/program/standards.html. Students interested in pursuing admission to the program are highly encouraged to refer to these standards in their entirety. However, a brief synopsis of the technical standards are as follows:
In order to successfully complete the Program, students are required to:
- Communicate orally and in writing to complete individual and group assignments at the graduate level including papers, exams, presentations, projects, and demonstrations;
- Maintain interpersonal relationships with instructors, faculty, advisors, mentors, fieldwork educators, classmates, peers, and clients;
- Commit time and effort to complete independent and group work according to timelines and due dates;
- Manage and prioritize multiple concurrent demands;
- Maintain access to and use current technologies to engage with learning materials, submit work, and engage in clinical practices;
- Be punctual and attend class, practicum experiences, and fieldwork at both on- and off-campus locations, including necessary transportation and on-site mobility;
- Demonstrate a realistic understanding of the field of occupational therapy including the scope and diversity of the profession and the requirements of therapists in their day to day work;
- Demonstrate the willingness and ability to assume responsibilities for the full spectrum of occupational therapy services;
- Meet health requirements including specific vaccinations and screenings. (A detailed list of these requirements can be obtained from the program. It is the applicant's responsibility to inquire as to inquire as to the implications of any individual health related circumstances.);
Respond adequately to the health and safety needs of clients/patients, including
Complete training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation,
Have knowledge of Center for Disease Control standards for infectious control, and
Respond appropriately to emergency situations in classrooms, practicum sites, and fieldwork placements.
- Submit to criminal background checks. Results may be required for fieldwork placement. Applicants/students with a criminal history may want to consult with respective licensing boards regarding their ability to obtain professional licensure.
- Maintain personal/professional records.
We urge applicants to ask questions about the program's technical standards for clarification and to determine whether they can meet the requirements with or without reasonable accommodations. Such questions may be directed to the program director or the Academic Enrichment Center on campus. Revealing a disability is voluntary; however, such disclosure is necessary before any accommodations may be made in the learning environment or in the program's procedures. We handle disability-related information in a confidential manner. We expect that any student who requires accommodation to attain course objectives will notify the course instructor at the first opportunity. Reasonable accommodations will comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act and require program and institutional approvals.
Unique features of the program include fieldwork or experiential opportunities in every semester, and the opportunity to complete an individualized capstone to develop specialized skills in a practice area of choice, and an individual research project.
|OCCT 7000||Foundations of Occupational Therapy||3|
|OCCT 7010||OT Models of Practice I||5|
|OCCT 7110||Research in OT I||4|
|OCCT 7210||OT Advocacy I||2|
|OCCT 7310||FW and Professional Dev I||1|
|OCCT 7020||OT Models of Practice II||5|
|OCCT 7030||OT Models of Practice III||4|
|OCCT 7320||FW and Professional Dev II||1|
|OCCT 7400||Conditions in OT||2|
|OCCT 8120||Research in OT II||3|
|OCCT 7040||OT Models of Practice IV||5|
|OCCT 7220||OT Advocacy II||2|
|OCCT 7330||FW and Professional Dev III||1|
|OCCT 8050||OT Models of Practice V||5|
|OCCT 8060||OT Models of Practice VI||4|
|OCCT 8130||Research in Occ Therapy III||3|
|OCCT 8230||OT Advocacy III||2|
|OCCT 8340||FW and Professional Dev IV||1|
|OCCT 8070||OT Models of Practice VII||4|
|OCCT 8080||OT Models of Practive VIII||3|
|OCCT 8240||OT Advocacy IV||3|
|OCCT 8350||FW and Professional Dev V||3|
|OCCT 8360||Fieldwork Level II||3|
|OCCT 8400||Phys Agent Mod and Non Occ Met||2|
|OCCT 8360||Fieldwork Level II (continued)||3|
|OCCT 8370||Fieldwork Level II||6|
|OCCT 8140||Research in OT IV||3|
|OCCT 8380||Capstone Practicum||6|
|OCCT 8900||Mentored Capstone Dissemination||3|
|OCCT 8910||Mentored Studies:Capstone Area (or Elective in Capstone Area)||3|
Note. Student must complete all Level II fieldwork within 24 months following didactic portion of the program. The capstone experience must be completed with 12 months following completion of Level II fieldwork.