The OTD Program is a three-year (9 term) professional course of study requiring 108 credits, including fieldwork education, an experiential preceptorship, and a capstone project. Students in the OTD Program must successfully complete all didactic coursework, Level II fieldwork, and pass a competency examination prior to the commencement of the experiential preceptorship. Students must complete Level II fieldwork and the experiential preceptorship within 24 months following completion of the didactic portion of the program. A GPA of at least 3.00 is required for graduation. Graduates are recognized in April at both the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (SHRS) recognition and University of Pittsburgh commencement ceremonies.
Plan of studies for the OTD Program*
Year 1 ▪ Summer Term ▪ 8 credits
Year 1 ▪ Fall Term ▪ 15 credits
OT 2204 - Human Performance Analysis, 3 credits**
OT 2205 - Neurobehavioral Science, 3 credits**
OT 2206 - Clinical Conditions I, 3 credits
OT 2207 - Principles of Assessment, 3 credits**
OT 2208 - Critical Appraisal of Evidence, 2 credits
OT 2209 - Clinical Seminar 2, 1 credit
Year 1 ▪ Spring Term ▪ 15 credits
OT 2210 - Psychosocial/Cognitive Theory and Practice, 3 credits**
OT 2211 - Activity/Context Adaptation Theory and Practice, 3 credits**
OT 2212 - Clinical Conditions 2, 3 credits
OT 2213 - Occupational Therapy and the Health System, 2 credits
OT 2214 - Therapeutic Approaches 2, 2 credits**
OT 2215 - Fieldwork Education A (FW I), 1 credit**
OT 2216 - Clinical Seminar 3, 1 credit
Year 2 ▪ Summer Term ▪ 8 credits
OT 2217 - Neurorehabilitation Theory and Practice, 3 credits**
OT 2218 - Biomechanical Theory and Practice, 3 credits**
OT 2219 - Fieldwork Education B (FW I), 1 credit**
OT 2220 - Clinical Seminar 4 , 1 credit
Year 2 ▪ Fall Term ▪ 13 credits
OT 2221 - Developmental Theory and Practice, 3 credits**
OT 2222 - Productive Aging Theory and Practice, 3 credits**
OT 2224 - Management of Occupational Therapy Practice, 2 credits
OT 2225 - Project Development 1, 3 credits
OT 2226 - Fieldwork Education C (FW I), 1 credit**
OT 2227 - Clinical Seminar 5, 1 credit
Year 2 ▪ Spring Term ▪ 13 credits
Year 3 ▪ Summer Term ▪ 7 credits
Year 3 ▪ Fall Term ▪ 15 credits
OT 3203 - Advanced Concepts in Clinical Reasoning, 3 credits
OT 3204 - Advanced Concepts in Health Policy and Advocacy, 3 credits
OT 3205 - Leadership Development, 3 credits
OT 3206 - Advanced Theory and Practice, 3 credits**
OT 3207 - Project Development 2, 3 credits
Year 3 ▪ Spring Term ▪ 14 credits
*Curriculum is subject to change.
**Course includes laboratory, fieldwork or experiential component
▪ Admission to the OTD Program is only available on a full-time basis. Term 1 begins the first Monday in June and is 10 weeks.
▪ Students must successfully complete all didactic coursework, Level II Fieldwork, and pass a competency examination prior to -commencement of the Experiential Preceptorship.
▪ Level II Fieldwork, the Experiential Preceptorship, and a Capstone Project must be completed within 24 months following completion of the related didactic portion of the program.
▪ A GPA of at least 3.00 is required in the OTD Program.
▪ A misdemeanor or felony charge or conviction may affect a student’s ability to complete courses with a clinical component.
Please note this program requires that students complete clinical education at facilities external to the University and such facilities will or may require a criminal background check, an Act 33/34 clearance, and a drug screen to determine whether you are qualified to participate in clinical education. Additionally, to become licensed, many states inquire as to whether the applicant has been convicted of a misdemeanor, a felony, or a felonious or illegal act associated with alcohol and/or substance abuse.