Educational Programs at VCU Department of Occupational Therapy
VCU offers an entry-level Occupational Therapy Doctorate Program designed for persons who have a bachelor's degree. This 9 semester, 3-year, fulltime, face-to-face professional program includes 104 graduate credits of academic courses, six months of fulltime fieldwork experiences, and a semester-long doctoral practicum.
Post-Professional Occupational Therapy Doctorate, Distance Education Program
Note: We are not accepting applications for our post-professional OTD program for 2015 or 2016. We are in the process of transitioning our entry-level program from the MS to the OTD degree. In doing so we are carefully assessing our existing OTD to determine points of congruency with the entry-level OTD, and points of divergence from the entry-level degree. Our goal is to provide the best overall program, at both levels. Our plans continue to evolve, so please be in touch if you remain interested.
The goal of the Occupational Therapy Doctorate program is to prepare B.S. or M.S. occupational therapists for leadership positions in health, education, and community services. Students will gain advanced knowledge in occupation and theoretical foundations of occupational therapy, research processes, scientific foundations for practice, and leadership theories and implementation. This curriculum includes 43-55 credit hours and culminates in a Capstone Leadership Project.
Ph.D. in Health Related Sciences, Distance Education Program, School of Allied Health Professions, OT Concentration
The Doctoral (Ph.D.) Program in Health Related Sciences will provide experienced health professionals with advanced knowledge and skills so that they may assume positions in teaching, research and administration upon graduation. It offers a curriculum with an interdisciplinary core of courses with specialty tracks in Clinical Laboratory Sciences, Gerontology, Health Administration, Nurse Anesthesia, Occupational Therapy, Patient Counseling, Physical Therapy, Radiation Sciences and Rehabilitation Leadership. The program emphasizes use of distance learning technologies combined with traditional didactic methods. The curriculum is relevant, timely and meaningful to a multidisciplinary cohort of students.
The mission of the Department of Occupational Therapy is to prepare highly qualified and motivated therapists to become leaders in the profession. We welcome applications from therapists with an earned master's degree and a strong desire to pursue an independent line of research in either an academic or clinical setting. Students will be assigned an advisor whose interest is aligned with theirs. Research interests of the Occupational Therapy faculty are diverse and focus on the needs of people with disabilities across the lifespan and range from basic science to clinical applications in medical and community settings. Please explore our departmental website to learn more about our faculty and their research interests.