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Doctor of Clinical Science in Occupational Therapy

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The Doctor of Clinical Science (CScD) in Occupational Therapy is an advanced practice doctoral program for occupational therapists with entry-level Bachelor's or Master's degrees. The program is intended for occupational therapists, educated in the United States or internationally, who are seeking advanced knowledge and skills. Today’s occupational therapists need advanced training to support clinical specialization, clinical education and professional leadership because . . .

  • The rapidly increasing and changing knowledge base, as well as greater independence in clinical practice, requires more advanced and in-depth knowledge.
  • The emergence of new models of care, with concomitant rising consumer concerns, have forced a change in the practice of occupational therapy, necessitating more rigorous plans of study with increased clinical focus and exposure.
  • The profession has a high demand for highly-qualified occupational therapy practitioners in a variety of specialty areas, as well as the critical need for doctorally-prepared faculty nationwide.
  • The evolving changes in health care systems require occupational therapy professionals who understand the increasing complexity of health care delivery, which in turn requires additional leadership and management skills.

The CScD in Occupational Therapy program addresses these needs by providing coursework, discussion-based colloquia and hands-on practical experiences addressing the most current theories and evidence as well as up-to-date assessment and intervention methods.

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Our faculty is comprised of nationally recognized leaders in the field of Occupational Therapy who are dedicated to guiding students through the 72-credit CScD OT program. Learn more about the six areas of concentration offered. 

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The CScD is exclusive to applicants who have completed either a Bachelor's or Master's degree in an accredited and approved Occupational Therapy program. Those who have completed a Master's degree in OT may be eligible to waive 30 credits of the program requirements. Review detailed admission requirements and application instructions. 

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With the supervision and guidance of a doctoral committee, students will complete preliminary & comprehensive exams, core & cognate courses, and develop a capstone project. View the plans of study for each area of concentration wthin the CScD OT program.

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