Core and Capstone Courses

Core Courses

Students pursuing the OTD degree must complete all core courses listed below.

OTD 6310 - Advances in OT Practice: Critical analysis of the AOTA Occupational Therapy Practice Framework and other professional documents serve as a resource for addressing contemporary OT practice issues. Focus is directed on analyzing current professional trends including those representing advances in global, national, state, and local organizations.

OTD 6210 - Evidence-based Practice:  Exploration of the knowledge and tools critical to locate, select, analyze and apply scholarly literature to support evidence-based clinical decisions. Research, knowledge, and skills to assess existing research evidence in occupational therapy are used as a foundation for applying evidence-based knowledge to everyday clinical practice.

OTD 6240 - Program Evaluation and Development:  Concepts and strategies for assessment of practice outcomes and program evaluation including grant-writing. Students access and analyze data to examine the needs of a community that warrants occupational therapy interventions. Topics include the development of outcome tools, basis of outcomes research, selection and availability of outcome tools, and challenges for implementation.

OTD 6320 - Occupational Therapy Conceptual Foundations:  Study of the complexity of human occupation, occupational science, and the impact of historical and contemporary advances in occupational therapy theory. The validity and reliability of occupation-based assessment instruments and the efficacy of evidence-based treatment interventions are studied particularly as they relate to meeting the occupational needs of society.

OTD 6220 - Professional Development and Leadership:  In-depth analysis of criteria for professional excellence, advanced credentialing, and leadership in occupational therapy; development of a professional portfolio emphasizing competency in an evidence-based practice specialty or for preparation for teaching in an OT or OTA program. Exploration of leadership and power.

OTD 6330 - Clinical Reasoning:Forms of Inquiry in Advanced Practice:   Advanced topics in clinical reasoning with an emphasis on narrative inquiry and occupational science. An examination of the individual and personal meaning of illness and health. Exploration of biomedical and phenomenological approaches.

OTD 6230 - Teaching and Education Theory:  An overview of current research and theory related to the education of occupational therapy practitioners including academic and clinical education experiences. Emphasizes major concepts of adult learning with an emphasis on active learning and cooperative learning principles.



Course offerings by term

Fall Term Courses (1st 7 weeks)

OTD 6210                    Evidence-based Practice


Fall Term Courses (2nd 7 weeks)

OTD 6310                   Advances in OT
OTD 6220  Professional Development & Leadership


Spring Term Courses (1st 7 weeks)

OTD 6210                   Evidence-based Practice


Spring Term Courses (2nd 7 weeks)

OTD 6320                   Conceptual Foundations
OTD 6220 Professional Development & Leadership


Summer Term Courses (1st 7 weeks)

OTD 6230                   Teaching and Education Theory
OTD 6240 Program Evaluation & Development


Summer Term Courses (2nd7 weeks)

OTD 6330                   Clinical Reasoning



Capstone Courses

Students pursuing the OTD degree must complete all three Capstone courses.

OTD 6340 - Doctoral Capstone I:  The first in a series of three courses required for completion of the doctoral capstone project. Development of the doctoral capstone plan to include the literature review, needs assessment, identification of individualized learning objectives, plans for supervision, and an evaluation plan.

OTD 6272 - Doctoral Capstone II:  The second course in a series of three courses required for completion of the doctoral capstone project. Students develop methods and procedures and submit a proposal for implementation and evaluation of the planned capstone project.

OTD 6270 - Doctoral Capstone III:  Implementation and dissemination of the results of an applied and innovative doctoral capstone project in response to an identified need in the profession.

Course Offerings by Terms

Fall Term Courses (2nd 7 weeks)

OTD 6340                   Doctoral Capstone I


Spring Term Courses (1st 7 weeks)

OTD 6272                   Doctoral Capstone II


Spring Term Courses (2nd 7 weeks)

OTD 6340                   Doctoral Capstone I
OTD 6280 Doctoral Capstone III




Summer Term Courses (1st 7 weeks)

OTD 6272                   Doctoral Capstone II




Summer Term Courses (2nd 7 weeks)

OTD 6280                   Doctoral Capstone III