Curriculum

  • Core Courses and entry degree
  • Proposed course sequence

 

B.S. track to the OTD
FALL SEMESTER I
(even)
CRE SPRING SEMESTER I
(odd)
CRE SUMMER SEMESTER I
(odd)
CRE
OCCT
735
Evidence Bases for Occupational Therapy Practice 3 OCCT
736
Developing Fundable Projects 3 OCCT
710
Quantitative Research Process 4
OCCT
671
Advanced Theory in Occupational Therapy 4 OCCT
739
Program Development and Evaluation 3   Elective 3
    7     6     7

 

FALL SEMESTER II
(odd)
CRE SPRING SEMESTER II
(even)
CRE SUMMER SEMESTER II
(even)
CRE
OCCT 740 Concepts in Disability Leadership for Occupational Therapists 1 3 OCCT
673
Health Care Delivery and Occupational Therapy Practice Models 3   Elective 3
OCCT
685
Clinical Reasoning I 3 OCCT
741
Leadership Applications for Occupational Therapists 3      
    6     6     3

 

FALL SEMESTER III
(even)
CRE SPRING SEMESTER III
(odd)
CRE    
OCCT
742
Capstone Project: Practicum in Leadership 4 OCCT
743
Synthesis & Evaluation Capstone Leadership Project 2      
OCCT
686
Clinical Reasoning II 3   Elective 3      
    7     5 Total Credits 47

 

M.S. track to the OTD
FALL SEMESTER I
(even)
CRE SPRING SEMESTER I
(odd)
CRE SUMMER SEMESTER I
(odd)
CRE
OCCT
735
Evidence Bases for Occupational Therapy Practice 3 OCCT
736
Developing Fundable Projects 3 OCCT
710
Quantitative Research Process 4
OCCT
671
Advanced Theory in Occupational Therapy 4 OCCT
739
Program Development and Evaluation 3      
    7     6     4

 

FALL SEMESTER II
(odd)
CRE SPRING SEMESTER II
(even)
CRE SUMMER SEMESTER II
(even)
CRE
OCCT 740 Concepts in Disability Leadership for Occupational Therapists 1 3 OCCT
673
Health Care Delivery and Occupational Therapy Practice Models 3   (Elective) (3)
OCCT
685
Clinical Reasoning I 3 OCCT
741
Leadership Applications for Occupational Therapists 3      
    6     6     (3)

 

FALL SEMESTER III
(even)
CRE SPRING SEMESTER III
(odd)
CRE    
OCCT
742
Capstone Project: Practicum in Leadership 4 OCCT
743
Synthesis & Evaluation Capstone Leadership Project 2      
                 
    4     2 Total Credits 35

 

M.S. from VCU Department of OT to the OTD
FALL SEMESTER I
(even)
CRE SPRING SEMESTER I
(odd)
CRE SUMMER SEMESTER I
(odd)
CRE
OCCT
671
Advanced Theory in Occupational Therapy 4 OCCT
736
Developing Fundable Projects 3 OCCT
710
Quantitative Research Process 4
OCCT
735
Evidence Bases for Occupational Therapy Practice 3 OCCT
739
Program Development and Evaluation 3      
    3     6     0

 

FALL SEMESTER II
(odd)
CRE SPRING SEMESTER II
(even)
CRE SUMMER SEMESTER II
(even)
CRE
OCCT
740
Concepts in Disability Leadership for Occupational Therapists I 3 OCCT
673
Health Care Delivery and Occupational Therapy Practice Models 3      
      OCCT
741
Leadership Applications for Occupational Therapists 3      
    3     3      

 

FALL SEMESTER III
(even)
CRE SPRING SEMESTER III
(odd)
CRE    
OCCT
742
Capstone Project: Practicum in Leadership 4 OCCT
743
Capstone Leadership Project 2      
    4     2      
Total Transitional Credits: 21 credits

 

Curriculum Integration
The relationship between the Core groups of this curriculum is depicted in Figure 1 below. Research/Scientific Foundations Core and Theory/Practice Foundations Core courses form pillars for the Leadership Core. The link between the two foundation cores is the ability to critically assess and integrate a clinical framework. The Leadership Core and associated Capstone Leadership Project form the bridge between the two foundation pillars, linking foundations to leadership within the profession.

 

Figure 1: Curriculum Integration
   
Like the stone arches of antiquity whose design has withstood the test of time, leadership is seen to effectively "Bridge the Gap", uniting the scientific foundations of Research in the profession and the theoretical foundations of Clinical Practice. In architecture the capstone or keystone is important structurally. It marks the apex and the visual completion of the arch. The OTD program will culminate with the Capstone Leadership Project.