The OTD Program is a 32 month (8 term) professional course of study requiring 99 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 ▪ Fall Term ▪ 15 credits
OT 2200 - Foundations of Occupation, 2 credits
OT 2201 - Body Functions and Structures: Anatomy, 3 credits**
OT 2202 - Therapeutic Approaches 1, 2 credits
OT 2203 - Clinical Seminar 1, 1 credit
OT 2234 - Human Performance Analysis, 2 credits**
OT 2207 - Principles of Assessment, 3 credits**
OT 2208 - Critical Appraisal of Evidence, 2 credits
Year 1 ▪ Spring Term ▪ 15 credits
OT 2205 - Neurobehavioral Science, 3 credits**
OT 2210 - Psychosocial/Cognitive Theory and Practice, 3 credits**
OT 2236 - Activity/Context Theory and Practice, 2 credits**
OT 2214 - Therapeutic Approaches 2, 2 credits**
OT 2235 - Clinical Conditions I, 1 credit
OT 2209 - Clinical Seminar 2, 1 credit
OT 2213 - Occupational Therapy and the Health System, 2 credits
OT 2215 - Fieldwork Education A (FW I), 1 credit**
Year 1 ▪ Summer Term ▪ 11 credits
OT 2237 - Clinical Conditions 2, 1 credit
OT 2216 - Clinical Seminar 3, 1 credit
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 2238 - Adaptation/Technology Theory and Practice, 2 credits**
Year 2 ▪ Fall Term ▪ 13 credits
OT 2220 - Clinical Seminar 4 , 1 credit
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 2239 - Project Development 1, 2 credits
OT 2226 - Fieldwork Education C (FW I), 1 credit**
OT 2244 - Clinical Conditions 3, 1 credit
Year 2 ▪ Spring Term ▪ 13 credits
Year 2 ▪ Summer Term ▪ 7 credits
Year 3 ▪ Fall Term ▪ 12 credits
OT 3210 - Advanced Concepts in Professional and Clinical Reasoning, 2 credits
OT 3211 - Advanced Concepts in Health Policy and Advocacy, 2 credits
OT 3212 - Leadership Development, 2 credits
OT 3206 - Advanced Theory and Practice, 3 credits**
OT 3207 - Project Development 2, 3 credits
Year 3 ▪ Spring Term ▪ 13 credits
OT 3208 - Experiential Preceptorship,12 credits**
OT 3213 - Professional Development Seminar, 1 credit
*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 end of August and is 16 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.