The NAU OTD curriculum was officially approved by the University in November 2013.
The curriculum will take 33 months to complete, including fieldwork education and the required 16-week individualized residency.
The semester/year matrix identifies the courses and curriculum sequence across each semester leading to graduation with a doctor of occupational therapy (OTD) degree.
Curriculum threads & course sequence
The goal is to provide an educational experience preparing transformative practice-scholars to lead practice and the profession.
To prepare for practitioner excellence, the majority of the courses will have laboratory experiences and community experience in natural context.
Some of the coursework will be web-based, blended learning to maximize student’s hands-on learning under the guidance of faculty supervision and mentoring.
The curriculum is structured into eight major content threads leading to the OTD degree.
- Occupational Performance Perspectives- 7 credit hours
- Body Functions Supporting Occupational Performance- 15 credit hours
- Occupational Therapy Toolkit- 8 credit hours
- Occupational Therapy Process- 30 credit hours
- Scholarship of Practice- 16 credit hours
- Practice-Scholar Leadership- 8 credit hours
- Practice Competence- 35 credit hours
- Residency & Capstone- 19 credit hours
Requirements to Complete Degree
Students who are admitted to the OTD program with an earned bachelor’s or master’s degree have six years to complete all requirements for the doctoral degree, including all level II fieldwork rotations and residency. The time limit starts with the student’s first semester of doctoral study at Northern Arizona University. If the student does not complete the degree in the established timeframe, the student may petition the Graduate College for one extension of this time limit (NAU Policy 100815).
Good Academic Standing
All occupational therapy students are subject to the policies and regulations as identified in the NAU Graduate College Policies and the NAU Student Handbook. Graduate students must maintain “Good Academic Standing” to be eligible to continue in the Doctor of Occupational Therapy program, which includes maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.0, no course grades of “D” or “F”, and no more than 11 credit hours of “C” grades. Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 to enroll in Level II Fieldwork and Residency.
“A keystone of our new Occupational Therapy doctorate program is the highly successful practice-scholar model on which it is based, internationally recognized as a new approach to practice.”
–Founding Chair and Professor Patricia Crist, PhD, OTR, PC, FAOTA, who first developed the model for Duquesne University.