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Curriculum

115 credits  |  Doctorate  |  Full-time  |  On Campus  

YU’s OTD program is transformative and empowering. The curriculum is centered on human development and occupation across the lifespan and addresses core OT themes, including:

  • Occupation as a means and an end
  • The healing power of occupation
  • Client-centeredness
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Interprofessional collaboration
  • Therapeutic use of self
  • Diversity and global connectedness
  • Wellness and prevention
  • Critical thinking and clinical reasoning
  • Adaptation as a means towards performance and engagement
  • Leadership and advocacy

Mentored by senior faculty and licensed clinicians, you’ll develop the clinical and scholarly expertise to serve as a leader in clinical practice and as an advocate for your clients and the profession as a whole. And when you graduate, you’ll have to change your title to Doctor.

Degree Requirements

YU’s entry-level doctorate is a full-time program and can be completed in under three years (8 semesters).
Students complete the following courses:

Semester One
  • Occupational Therapy Profession & Practice (3 credits)
  • Introduction to Doctoral Fieldwork I (1 credit)
  • Assessment & Screening I (3 credits)
  • Introduction to Scholarship and Research (2 credits)
  • Clinical Skills & Procedures (2 credits)
  • Anatomy and Human Movement (5 credits)
Semester Two
  • Occupational Performance in the Older Adult Population (5 credits)
  • Skills Lab: Older Adult (2 credits)
  • Fieldwork I – Older Adult (1 credits)
  • Assessment & Screening II (2 credits)
  • Brain, Behavior and Occupation (3 credits)
  • Scholarship and Evidence-Based Practice I (3 credits)
  • Occupations in Practice Through the Lifespan (2 credits)
  • Introduction to Doctoral Studies (1 credit)
Semester Three
  • Occupational Performance in the Adult Population (5 credits)
  • Skills Lab: Adult (2 credits)
  • Fieldwork I – Adults (1 credit)
  • Scholarship and Evidence-Based Practice II (3 credits)
  • Preparatory Methods I (3 credits)
  • Assistive Technology (4 credits)
Semester Four
  • Occupational Performance in the Child and Adolescent Population (5 credits)
  • Skills Lab: Children and Adolescents (2 credits)
  • Fieldwork I-Children and Adolescents (1 credit)
  • Doctoral Fieldwork II (1 credit)
  • Preparatory Methods II (4 credits)
  • Occupational Wellness (4 credits)
  • Leadership and Advancement in Practice (4 credits)
Semester Five
  • Preparation for Doctoral Professional Practice (1 credit)
  • Fieldwork II-A (12 credits)
Semester Six
  • Capstone Project I (1 credit)
  • Fieldwork II-B (12 credits)
Semester Seven
  • Capstone Project II (2 credits)
  • Capstone Experience I (5 credits)
Semester Eight
  • Capstone Experience II (6 credits)
  • Capstone Experience III (2 credits)