Dec 06, 2019  
2019-2020 University Catalog 
    
2019-2020 University Catalog

Occupational Therapy –Doctor of Occupational Therapy (DrOT: Accelerated Pathway or Post-Baccalaureate Pathway)


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University of the Sciences offers a doctor of occupational therapy (DrOT) degree.  Students are eligible to begin coursework in the program at one of two entry points: Accelerated Pathway (undergraduate entry; BSHS/DrOT) and Post Baccalaureate (PBDrOT).

NOTE: Beginning Fall of 2019 the DrOT Accelerated Pathway has transitioned to a new format (3 undergraduate years/3 professional years). Post-Baccalaureate Pathway entry in Fall of 2019 will remain in the 4 year completion cycle. Please see curriculum within this section.

The curriculum for the first 3 years of the Accelerated Pathway to the DrOT program (BSHS/DrOT) provides a broad foundation of natural science, social science, and humanities upon which the professional courses are structured. The professional component of the curriculum is based on the theories of occupation and occupational therapy, which emphasize the importance of meaning and purpose in goal-directed activities or occupations. The courses will actively engage the student in experiential learning so that knowledge, skills, and attitudes are integrated by “doing.”

The post-baccalaureate doctor of occupational therapy (PBDrOT) program is for students who hold an earned bachelor’s degree in one of the sciences, sociology, psychology, or other related fields.  Students attend class full-time and must complete 123 or 131  hours of coursework dependent on entry year. If students have taken courses in equivalent material, they may be given credit for individual courses, based on review of material by the department chair. The curriculum for the professional component of the curriculum is based on the theories of occupation and occupational therapy, which emphasize the importance of meaning and purpose in goal-directed activities or occupations. The courses will actively engage the student in experiential learning so that knowledge, skills, and attitudes are integrated by “doing.”

In addition to instruction provided by occupational therapy and other University faculty, the resources of clinical affiliates in community centers, community outreach programs, long-term care facilities, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and schools in the Greater Philadelphia area and neighboring states will be used for many clinical experiences. Students are required to complete a minimum of 24 weeks of full-time level II fieldwork that may be scheduled throughout the United States. In addition, doctoral students complete a 14-week mentored experience, which may also be scheduled throughout the United States. The student must successfully complete all coursework and level II fieldwork, and pass a competency requirement prior to the commencement of the doctoral component.  Please note that prior fieldwork or work experience may not be substituted for the doctoral experiential component. In the event that a current work setting is used to satisfy the 14-week requirement, the student must develop a plan in collaboration with the fieldwork coordinator to ensure that additional experiential activities are conducted at the work site to meet the requirements of the in-depth doctoral experiential component.

All states in the United States require a license to practice occupational therapy.  Each state also has specific legislation describing the process for obtaining a license to practice and specific licensure application requirements.  The primary criterion for obtaining a license in any state is passing the National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy Examination (NBCOT). In order to be eligible to take the certification exam, students must complete DrOT program requirements and all fieldwork must be satisfied within eighteen months of completion of didactic coursework. Part-time completion of the doctoral capstone experience will be considered under extenuating circumstances only and shall delay graduation.

Please note that a felony conviction may delay or prohibit fieldwork placement, certification through NBCOT and could prevent state licensure.

The doctor of occupational therapy (DrOT) program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). ACOTE is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. ACOTE can be contacted at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449; 301.652.6611, ext. 2042. Their website is www.acoteonline.org.

Program Admission Criteria – Accelerated Pathway


Qualified students admitted to the freshman year will be able to identify occupational therapy as their major field of study. Students in the Accelerated BSHS/DrOT program who achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 AND a cumulative GPA of 3.00 in prerequisites for the DrOT program (identified below) by the end of the spring semester of their third undergraduate year are guaranteed a place in the professional phase of the occupational therapy curriculum.

Applicants from other undergraduate majors and transfer students are also welcome. The grade level to which transfer students are assigned will depend on the prerequisites they have completed, but the minimum residency requirement is four years. All conditions regarding guaranteed admission into the professional curriculum also apply to transfer students admitted to the first or second year.

In addition to the academic and personal qualifications required of students applying for the program, transfer applicants will also be expected to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of occupational therapy gained from observation, reading, and personal or family experiences with occupational therapy practice. Applicants are required to have volunteer/observation experience in occupational therapy.

In order to progress in the DrOT program, students in the accelerated pathway must:

  • Earn the BSHS degree at University of the Sciences.
  • Obtain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in University of the Sciences’ BSHS program.
  • Obtain a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher in courses in the BSHS program t that serve as prerequisites for the DrOT program.

Courses in the DrOT Program are delivered primarily onsite, with lab and fieldwork experiences required off-site in the community, and two courses delivered fully online.

It is required that students have internet access and satisfactory computer skills to complete course requirements. As of 2019, all new incoming DrOT students are required to complete “Blackboard Learn-Student Orientation” to assist with online learning throughout the program.

Program Admission Criteria – Post-Baccalaureate Pathway


Applicants with a bachelor’s degree will be required to enter the program with some basic preparation for the professional

Doctorate in Occupational Therapy (DrOT) program. This includes the following prerequisite courses:

  • Have an earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning.
  • Have completed the following prerequisite course requirements:

    • 2 semesters of anatomy and physiology
    • 1 semester of abnormal psychology
    • 1 semester of either sociology or cultural anthropology
    • 1 semester of physics (with or without a lab)
    • 1 semester of statistics
    • 1 semester of human growth and development through the life span
  • Medical terminology course – recommended, required after 2020.

  • Obtain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 in the baccalaureate degree program AND in the prerequisite requirements.

  • 50 hours of shadowing experience in OT

  • Minimum of 2 letters of recommendation (OT practitioner recommendations are most favorable)

Students may get credit for the above courses through a CLEP process. In some instances, credit may be given for life experience.

Please note that the program begins with an intensive neuroscience course, which starts in late May. Prerequisites should be completed before the start of the program.

Courses in the DrOT Program are delivered primarily onsite, with lab and fieldwork experiences required off-site in the community, and two courses delivered fully online.  Students are required to complete two level II fieldwork courses for a total of 24 full-time equivalent weeks off-site in the community at the completion of the program.

It is required that students have internet access and satisfactory computer skills to complete course requirements.

As of 2019, to assist with online learning throughout the program, all new incoming DrOT students are required to complete the specified orientation course to the University’s learning management system.

 

 

Fieldwork Completion Time


Students must complete all Level II fieldwork and the doctoral capstone within 18 months following completion of the didactic portion (end of fall P3 year) of the program.

Fieldwork Withdrawal Policy


A student may withdraw at any point from a level I or level II fieldwork course for extenuating circumstances only and at the discretion and consent of the Fieldwork Education Team.  In accordance with the University policy, a student who withdraws without prior approval will receive an F for the course.  Examples of extenuating circumstances include, but are not limited to: accident, injury, illness, illness requiring hospitalization, and distress from bereavement.

 

Administrative Withdrawal


Any student who is administratively withdrawn from the academic portion of the program may petition the faculty to be readmitted after a period of one year and no more than 2 years. The student must demonstrate a clear rationale as to why they should be readmitted to the program. There is no obligation for the faculty to readmit a student who has been administratively withdrawn from the program.  A student accepted back in the program will be required to complete the failed course(s) and/or an action plan at the discretion of the faculty.

Program Retention Policy


Students must achieve a minimum grade of “C” (or “P” in pass/fail courses) in all courses with the prefix OT in order to progress in the occupational therapy curriculum. If the student earns a “C-” or “D” grade (“D+,” “D,” “D-“) in a course with the prefix OT, the student must repeat the course, earning a grade of “C” or better. The student will be unable to progress to any course for which that course is a prerequisite until the grade of “C” or better is earned. This may impact full-time status and progression in fieldwork and delay the student’s overall progress in the curriculum.

A student may attempt an OT course a maximum of two times to achieve a grade of “C” or higher. An attempt is defined as registered for the course at the end of the drop/add period. If the student does not achieve the required “C” or better grade in the OT course after attempting the course a second time, the student will be dropped from the program. Students may reattempt no more than two courses with an OT prefix.

If a student receives a grade of “F” in any course with an OT prefix (exclusive of FW) during the professional phase of the curriculum, the student will be administratively withdrawn from the University. Further, if a student in the professional phase of the curriculum receives two “C-” or “D” grades (“D-,” “D,” “D+”) in one semester, he/she will be administratively withdrawn from the University.

Students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 in courses with an OT prefix and program prerequisite courses (defined above) during the P1–P4 years. Students who fail to achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 will be placed on program probation at the end of the semester. This includes summer semesters in which the student is enrolled in coursework specified in the BSHS/DrOT accelerated program curriculum plan. A student who receives a third program probation will be administratively withdrawn from the university.

Students cannot participate in Level II fieldwork while on program probation. Program probation that delays Level II fieldwork will result in a revised schedule, impact financial aid status and cost and a delay in graduation.

BSHS/DrOT Accelerated Program Degree Requirements


Occupational Therapy Courses


  • OT 5XX- Human Development and Performance Credits: 3
  • OT 5XX - Human Occupation: Concepts and Practice: 3
  • OT 5XX - Doctoral Seminar I Credits: 1
  • OT 6XX - Occupational Therapy: Past, Present, and Future Credits: 2
  • OT 6XX - Doctoral Seminar 2 Credits: 1
  • OT 6XX - Occupational Therapy Interventions I: Contextual Approaches Credits: 4
  • OT 6XX - Occupational Therapy Interventions II: Developmental Issues Credits: 4
  • OT 6XX - Occupational Therapy Interventions III: Psychosocial Issues Credits: 4
  • OT 6XX - Occupational Therapy Interventions V: Rehabilitative Approaches Credits: 4
  • OT 6XX - Fieldwork level IIb Credits: 9
  • OT 7XX - Doctoral Seminar 3 Credits: 1 
  • OT 7XX - Doctoral Capstone Project Credits: 3

BSHS/DrOT Accelerated Program Curriculum Plan


First Year (U1)


Second Year (U2)


Fall Semester


  • General Education Humanities or Free Elective Credits: 3
  • Multidisciplinary Inquiry Requirement Credits: 3

Credits/Semester: 16


Spring Semester


  • Free Elective Credits: 3
  • Multidisciplinary Inquiry Requirement Credits: 3

Credits/Semester: 16


Third Year (U3)


Credits/Semester: 14


Spring Semester


  • BSHS Credits: 9
  • Medical Terminology Credits: 2

Credits/Semester: 15


Note:


All program prerequisite courses must be successfully completed, and, it is recommended that minor coursework be completed, prior to advancing into the professional years. 

Fourth Year (P1)


Credits/Semester: 6


Fall Semester


  • OT 5XX- Human Development and Performance Credits: 3
  • OT 5XX - Human Occupation: Concepts and Practice: 3 

Credits/Semester: 18


Spring Semester


  • OT 5XX - Doctoral Seminar I Credits: 1
  • OT 6XX - Occupational Therapy: Past, Present, and Future Credits: 2 

Credits/Semester: 19


Total credits to receive a BSHS degree: 133


Fifth Year (P2)


Summer Semester


  • OT 6XX - Doctoral Seminar 2 Credits: 1
  • OT 6XX - Occupational Therapy Interventions I: Contextual Approaches Credits: 4

Credits/Semester: 9


Fall Semester


  • Elective Credits: 3
  • OT6XX - Occupational Therapy Interventions II: Developmental Issues Credits: 4
  • OT6XX - Occupational Therapy Interventions III: Psychosocial Issues Credits: 4 
  • OT7XX - Doctoral Seminar 3 Credits: 1 

Credits/Semester: 16


Credits/Semester: 16


Sixth Year (P3)


Summer Semester


Credits/Semester: 9


Fall Semester


  • OT 6XX - Fieldwork level IIb Credits: 9 

Credits/Semester: 15


Spring Semester


  • OT 7XX - Doctoral Capstone Project Credits: 3 

Credits/Semester: 15


Total minimum credits to receive a BSHS/DrOT: 213


Post-Baccalaureate DrOT Degree Requirements


*NOTE: Only for students entering this Pathway in Summer 2019

Students are required to maintain an overall 3.0 GPA with all grades above a C- throughout the professional phase of the program.

Occupational Therapy Concentration Tracks


Students will choose one of the following concentration tracks: 

First Year


Second Year


Third Year


Fall Semester


Credits/Semester: 12


Credits/Semester: 12


Fourth Year


Summer Semester


Credits/Semester: 6


Fall Semester


Credits/Semester: 14


Spring Semester


Credits/Semester: 12


Total Credits: 131


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