“Online doctoral education is a reflection of evolving contemporary paradigms in the workplace and in education,” said Paula Kramer
, PhD, OTR/L, director of the doctor of occupational therapy program. “Online students can expect to receive the same high-quality curriculum and support from faculty – all the benefits of an on-campus education at USciences.”
The University’s 33-credit online DrOT program
features required core courses and electives options that allows students to focus on their areas of interest, and only requires two campus visits related to the final capstone project. This program is designed for novice occupational therapists with graduate degrees to experienced clinicians looking to advance within their careers.
To enter the new DrOT online program, interested students must:
- Be occupational therapists with a master’s degree and two years of practice experience
- Be initially certified by National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy
- Submit an application
- Complete a 500-word essay stating their personal goals for pursuing a DrOT
Aside from clinical practice in a healthcare setting, a DrOT degree also enables occupational therapists to expand into business, education, management, and policy careers. Growth in America’s elderly population is expected to keep the job market for occupational therapists especially favorable. In fact, The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
projects occupational therapist employment growth of 29 percent between 2012 and 2022, adding 32,800 more professionals to the 105,540 existing jobs in this field.
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