Overview

Concordia University Wisconsin offers a post-professional Doctorate in Occupational Therapy (OTD) program. The post-professional OTD Program is a primarily online program designed for practicing occupational therapists who are interested in pursuing continued, specialty education in upper extremity rehabilitation, pediatrics, or education.

Mission Statement

The mission of Concordia University Wisconsin’s post-professional Doctorate in Occupational Therapy is to develop practicing occupational therapist’s clinical expertise through evidence-based practice. Through advanced study, our students will be prepared to serve their clients and contribute to their profession with excellence and integrity.

General Academic Information

The online post-professional Doctorate in Occupational Therapy program at Concordia University Wisconsin provides individuals the opportunity to earn their OTD in as little as two years. All courses will be taught in an online format. Two visits to campus are required: 

  1. a 2-day orientation prior to the start of the program
  2. and a 3-day visit while enrolled in the specialty track courses during the second year. 

The program provides three specialty tracks to help students reach their professional goals: education, upper extremity rehabilitation, and pediatrics. Students in the upper extremity rehabilitation or pediatrics tracks are challenged to explore current practice techniques and the efficacy of treatment methods currently used in clinical work environments. Individuals in the education track not only gain the ability to effectively teach students occupational therapy practices but also the evidence to support their treatments.

Admission Requirements

The post-professional Doctorate in Occupational Therapy admissions requirements are as follows:

  • 3 years of experience as an occupational therapist
  • Current license to practice as an occupational therapist
  • Essay
  • Resume
  • Official college transcripts
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA in occupational therapy degree
  • Three letters of recommendation

Application Process

Students interested in applying to the post-professional Doctorate in Occupational Therapy Program should visit the Concordia University Wisconsin online application page at www.cuw.edu/apply/

Applicants will click on the “Graduate Section” to complete all necessary pre-requisite information.

The OTD Admissions Committee within the Occupational Therapy Department will make decisions regarding the status of an application after reviewing application materials. Decisions of the committee are final.

The CUW Occupational Therapy Department is non-discriminatory in recruitment, admissions, and program administration with respect to race, color, creed, sex, age, disabilities, religion, or national origin.

Cost

Students pay a semester-based tuition which is posted on the Concordia University Wisconsin website.

Tuition will not increase during the program as long as a student successfully completes all courses according to the scheduled curriculum.

Additional expenses not included in the tuition are books, lab supplies, professional attire, name tags, and photocopy expenses for reports, articles, presentation, etc. Students are also responsible for all costs related to the on-campus visits

Financial Aid

Federal student loans are available to graduate students seeking degrees who are US citizens or permanent residents. Students may apply online at www.fafsa.gov. Concordia’s school code is 003842. Students are eligible for Federal Student loans and Graduate PLUS loans to cover the cost of tuition, books, fees, transportation, and living expenses. Students are also eligible to apply for scholarships from the American Occupational Therapy Foundation. More information can be found at www.aotf.org.

Curriculum

Upper Extremity Rehabilitation Track

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallHours
OT 901 Prof Writing for Occup Therap 3
OT 911 Adv. Evidenced-Based Practice 4
OT 925 OTD Capstone I 1
 Hours8
Spring
OT 910 OT Theory & Conc Current HC En 3
OT 915 Occupational Science 3
OT 916 Mentoring/Clinical Education 3
OT 926 OTD Capstone II 1
 Hours10
Year 2
Fall
OT 920 Adv Anat & Kines of Upp Extrem 3
OT 921 Conditions & Eval of Up Extrem 3
OT 927 OTD Capstone III 2
 Hours8
Spring
OT 922 Surg Proc Inform Clin Dec-Mak 3
OT 923 Evidence-Based Up Extrem Rehab 3
OT 928 OTD Capstone IV 2
 Hours8
 Total Hours34

Education Track

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallHours
OT 901 Prof Writing for Occup Therap 3
OT 911 Adv. Evidenced-Based Practice 3
OT 935 1
 Hours7
Spring
OT 910 OT Theory & Conc Current HC En 3
OT 915 Occupational Science 3
OT 916 Mentoring/Clinical Education 3
OT 936 1
 Hours10
Year 2
Fall
OT 930 Educating the Adult Learner 3
OT 931 Clinical Pract to Higher Educ 3
OT 937 3
 Hours9
Spring
OT 932 Assess Higher Edu Allied Hlth 3
OT 933 Ins Dsgn Hghr Ed Alld Hlth Pro 3
OT 938 2
 Hours8
 Total Hours34

Pediatric Track

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallHours
OT 901 Prof Writing for Occup Therap 3
OT 911 Adv. Evidenced-Based Practice 3
OT 945 2 1
 Hours7
Spring
OT 910 OT Theory & Conc Current HC En 3
OT 915 Occupational Science 3
OT 916 Mentoring/Clinical Education 3
OT 946 1
 Hours10
Year 2
Fall
OT 940 Theory & Evidence of Ped Treat 3
OT 941 Impl Evid-Based Trt in Ped OT 3
OT 947 2
 Hours8
Spring
OT 942 Impact Gov Policy Ped Practice 3
OT 943 Motor Cntrl & Motor Learn Ped 3
OT 948 2
 Hours8
 Total Hours33