The professional doctorate curriculum is composed of 46 required course credits (quarter hours) for the first calendar year, 59 required course credits for the second calendar year, and 55 required course credits for the third calendar year, for a total of 160 quarter credits. All courses in each quarter are prerequisite to courses in the subsequent quarter. 

Fieldwork courses are placed in the second and third years of the curriculum and include three Level I experiences and two 12-credit Level II Fieldwork experiences. Students' proficiency in evaluation and intervention, independent decision-making and critical thinking are emphasized during Fieldwork II-A and II-B of the curriculum. Fieldwork experiences are offered in clinical, community, hospital, school, and other facilities that have a legal agreement with the University and are located throughout the continental United States.

As one component of the Capstone process, the 14-week Doctoral Internship is positioned in the winter and spring quarters of the third year of the curriculum. Whereas the Fieldwork Level II experiences primarily focus on evaluation and intervention processes of occupational therapy, the Capstone and Doctoral Internship experiences are individualized according to each student's areas of interest in occupational therapy program development, research, leadership or advocacy.

The Midwestern University College of Health Sciences Occupational Therapy Program reserves the right to alter its curriculum however and whenever it deems appropriate.

Total Quarter Credits in the Professional Program: 160


First Professional Year:

Total Quarter Credit Hours Required: 46
Fall Quarter
CORED 1599E Interprofessional Education I Credits: 1
OTHED 1501 Professional Development I Credits: 3
OTHED 1505 Neuroscience for Occupation Credits: 3
OTHED 1520 Occupation Credits: 3
OTHED 1550 Therapeutic Communication Credits: 3
OTHED 1555 Analysis of Occupations Credits: 3
Total 16
Winter Quarter
OTHED 1503 Movement for Occupation Credits: 3
OTHED 1504 Movement Skills Lab Credits: 1
OTHED 1510 Critical Analysis of Evidence Credits: 3
OTHED 1530 Theoretical Foundations of Occupational Therapy Credits: 3
OTHED 1535 Conceptual Approach to Conditions Credits: 3
OTHED 1540 Occupational Therapy Process: Foundations Credits: 2
Total 15
Spring Quarter
OTHED 1512 Research Project Development Credits: 3
OTHED 1545 Occupational Therapy Process: Children Credits: 4
OTHED 1547 Occupational Therapy Process: Adults Credits: 4
OTHED 1549 Occupational Therapy Process: Psychosocial Credits: 4
Total 15

Second Professional Year:

Note. The student cohort will be split for select courses in the summer and fall quarters. Students will enroll in OTHED 1645 and 1646 (Children) OR OTHED 1647 and 1648 (Adults) each quarter. Students will enroll in OTHED 1652 either in summer or fall quarters.

Total Quarter Credit Hours Required: 59
Summer Quarter Note. The student cohort will be split for select courses in the summer and fall quarters. Students will enroll in OTHED 1645 and 1646 (Children) OR OTHED 1647 and 1648 (Adults) each quarter. Students will enroll in OTHED 1652 either in summer or fall quarters.
OTHED 1610 Research Project Implementation Credits: 3
OTHED 1645 Occupational Therapy Practice: Children Credits: 4
OTHED 1646 Fieldwork I-A Credits: 1
OR Credits:
OTHED 1647 Occupational Therapy Practice: Adults Credits: 4
OTHED 1648 Fieldwork I-B Credits: 1
OTHED 1650 Activities of Daily Life Credits: 2
OTHED 1651 Group Process Credits: 3
OTHED 1652 Fieldwork I-C Credits: 1
Total 13/14
Fall Quarter Note. The student cohort will be split for select courses in the summer and fall quarters. Students will enroll in OTHED 1645 and 1646 (Children) OR OTHED 1647 and 1648 (Adults) each quarter. Students will enroll in OTHED 1652 either in summer or fall quarters. 15/16
OTHED 1612 Research Project Synthesis Credits: 3
OTHED 1630 Needs Assessment Credits: 3
OTHED 1645 Occupational Therapy Practice: Children Credits: 4
OTHED 1646 Fieldwork I-A Credits: 1
OR Credits:
OTHED 1647 Occupational Therapy Practice: Adults Credits: 4
OTHED 1648 Fieldwork I-B Credits: 1
OTHED 1649 Occupational Therapy Practice: Psychosocial Credits: 4
OTHED 1652 Fieldwork I-C Credits: 1
Total 15/16
Winter Quarter 16
OTHED 1635 Fieldwork Preparation I Credits: 1
OTHED 1636 Fieldwork II-A Credits: 6
OTHED 1655 Occupational Therapy Leadership Credits: 2
OTHED 1661 Occupational Therapy for Upper Extremity Function Credits: 3
OTHED 1670 Disability and Policy Credits: 2
OTHED 1680 Educational Strategies in Occupational Therapy Credits: 2
Total 16
Spring Quarter 14
OTHED 1601 Professional Development II Credits: 3
OTHED 1614 Data-based Decision Making Credits: 2
OTHED 1632 Program Development Credits: 3
OTHED 1637 Fieldwork II-A Credits: 6
Total 14

Third Professional Year:

8 required course credits of Seminar Options in summer quarter.

*Seminar Options (Offered Weeks 1-5)

**Seminar Options (Offered Weeks 6-10)

Total Quarter Credit Hours Required: 55
Summer Quarter
OTHED 1716 Professional Writing Credits: 2
OTHED 1720 Occupational Science (*Seminar Option) Credits: 2
OTHED 1722 Recovery and Occupation (**Seminar Option) Credits: 2
OTHED 1725 Ergonomics and Universal Design (*Seminar Option) Credits: 2
OTHED 1730 Program Evaluation Credits: 2
OTHED 1732 Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (**Seminar Option) Credits: 2
OTHED 1735 Fieldwork Preparation II Credits: 1
OTHED 1740 School-based Practice (**Seminar Option) Credits: 2
OTHED 1744 Cognition and Executive Functioning (*Seminar Option) Credits: 2
OTHED 1746 Neurorehabilitation (*Seminar Option) Credits: 2
OTHED 1748 Gerontology (**Seminar Option) Credits: 2
OTHED 1750 Self Management Credits: 2
OTHED 1761 Upper Extremity Rehabilitation (**Seminar Option) Credits: 2
OTHED 1777 Sensory Processing (*Seminar Option) Credits: 2
OTHED 1790 Capstone Development I Credits: 2
Total 17
Fall Quarter 12
OTHED 1738 Fieldwork II-B Credits: 12
Total 12
Winter Quarter 14
OTHED 1755 Administration and Management Credits: 3
OTHED 1766 Competency Course Credits: 1
OTHED 1785 Doctoral Internship Credits: 8
OTHED 1792 Capstone Development II Credits: 2
Total 14
Spring Quarter 12
OTHED 1701 Professional Development III Credits: 2
OTHED 1786 Doctoral Internship Credits: 6
OTHED 1794 Capstone Completion Credits: 1
OTHED 1795 Current Issues in Occupational Therapy Practice Credits: 2
OTHED 1799 Certification Examination Preparation Course Credits: 1
Total 12

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