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Occupational Therapy Doctorate

 

“As occupational therapists, our distinct value is that we are working to improve the health, participation and the quality of life for the clients we serve.”

- Dr. Leslie Jackson

 

About the Program

Indiana Wesleyan University is pleased to provide an entry-level Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) program, housed within the School of Health Sciences. The degree program is led by founding program director, Douglas Morris, PhD, OTR/L. He brings nearly 20 years of academic experience to this position. Under his leadership, the OTD program has been granted full accreditation status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). All classes/labs are taught in the new $42.8 million dollar Ott Hall of Sciences and Nursing.

A major strength of the OTD program at Indiana Wesleyan University is the educational diversity and clinical expertise of the program’s exceptional faculty. The program has five full-time faculty members, one part-time faculty member, and three occupational therapists who serve as adjunct faculty. The faculty and adjunct faculty at IWU have earned their occupational therapy degrees from eight different institutions of higher learning. Combined, the occupational therapists on faculty represent an excess of 180 years of experience. Three of the occupational therapists in the program have experience as educational program directors.

The Vision and Mission of the OTD Program

The vision of the Indiana Wesleyan University Occupational Therapy Program is to glorify God by changing the world of healthcare through the preparation of students who fully embrace the art and science of the occupational therapy, thus enabling graduates to provide compassionate, creative, ethical, and evidence-based services in an increasingly diverse and technologically advanced world.

The mission of the Occupational Therapy Program is to educate practitioners who will collaborate interprofessionally to promote client-centered, occupation-based practice and provide servant leadership within their communities. We value an active learning environment that fosters the holistic personal and professional development of students, faculty, and community members.

OTD Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the OTD program, graduates will demonstrate competence in the following areas:

SERVANT LEADERSHIP/ADVOCACY: Graduates of the OTD program will advocate, on behalf of consumers and the profession, as servant leaders who are actively involved in professional and community organizations.

MORAL CHARACTER: Graduates of the OTD program will promote occupational justice as people of moral character who apply Christ-like attitudes and ethical values.

SCHOLARSHIP/RESEARCH: Graduates of the OTD program will increase the body of knowledge in occupational therapy through scholarship and research in preparation for practice and life-long learning.

GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE: Graduates of the OTD program will address global & diverse occupational needs.

EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE: Graduates of the OTD program will apply occupational therapy scientific knowledge to create evidence-based intervention programs and/or protocols that are culturally responsive and client-centered.

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY THEORY: Graduates of the OTD program will apply theoretical models and practice frameworks when developing systems for the delivery of occupational therapy services.

RESIDENCY PROJECT: Graduates of the OTD program will demonstrate advanced-practice competency in a chosen residency area.

Off-Campus Library Services (OCLS)

Library instruction is provided to students at the start of their program at IWU. Reference and document delivery services give students access to all collections of the Jackson Library on the IWU residential campus, as well as Instructional Resource Center services, Interlibrary Loan services, and many e-books and online journals. For more information, see indwes.edu/ocls.

Life at IWU

All OTD students will have access to a variety of IWU resources such as:

  1. Meal plans through the campus dining hall and access to campus coffee shop.
  2. Access to the recreation and wellness center and options to join intermural teams.
  3. Option to live in on-campus townhomes.
  4. Access to campus events such as concerts, sporting events, movies, and convocations.
  5. Options to join student leadership groups such as the Student Occupational Therapy Association (SOTA).

Accreditation Process of OTD

Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, www.ncahlc.org, 312-263-0456. IWU is also a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, www.cccu.org, 202-546-8713.

The entry-level occupational therapy doctoral degree program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is www.acoteonline.org.

The entry-level OTD program at Indiana Wesleyan University underwent an on-site accreditation visit on September 11-13, 2017. Findings of the on-site accreditation review team resulted in the Report of the Accreditation Council (RAC) which includes major strengths of the program and one suggestion for program enhancement.

Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE)
c/o Accreditation Department
American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200
Bethesda, MD 20814-3449
Phone number for AOTA is: 1-301-652-AOTA
www.acoteonline.org

The Higher Learning Commission conducted their regional accreditation visit on August 18 and 19, 2014 and granted approval for the OTD program.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Program Credit Hours Tuition
Doctorate of Occupational Therapy 105 Total $11,250 / trimester

*Effective July 1, 2017, through June 30, 2018.

Payment for each term is due by August 15th for Fall and by December 15th for Spring. Course textbooks are not included in the costs listed above.

The total credit hours and per-credit-hour costs listed above are effective for the required core program. Costs may change if you withdraw from the program and restart in a future program at a later date.

Financial Aid

For information about financial aid, call 866-468-6498, visit our financial aid website, or email NonResAid@indwes.edu.

Published tuition and fees are subject to change.

Courses

Year One - Fall Trimester
OTD-700,OTD-705,IPE-715,IPE-722,IPE-718,OTD-720

Total 17 credit hours

Year One - Spring Trimester

IPE-730,IPE-741,IPE-723,OTD-725,IPE-738,IPE-820

Total 16 credit hours

Year One - Summer Trimester

OTD-735,OTD-765,OTD-760,OTD-770,OTD-743,OTD-749,IPE-763,OTD-768
Total 16 credit hours

Total for Year One 49 credit hours

Year Two - Fall Trimester

OTD-706,OTD-785,OTD-795,IPE-780,IPE-760,OTD-769,OTD-753,OTD-750

Total 15 credit hours

Year Two - Spring Trimester

OTD-775,IPE-790,IPE-770,OTD-751,IPE-764,IPE-745

Total 17 credit hours

Year Two - Summer Trimester

OTD-800

Total Credits for Summer 7 credit hours
Total Credits for Year Two 38 credit hours

OTD-801

Total 7 credit hours

OTD-802,OTD-830

Total 11 credit hours
Total Credits for Year Three 18

Total Overall Credits: 105 Credit Hours

Requirements

Below are the lists of requirements for the Occupational Therapy program. Click on each link to expand the requirements. If you have any questions about the admissions process, feel free to contact one of our admissions representatives at 1-866-498-4968.

The Occupational Therapy program annually admits a class of 30 students to the professional entry level Doctorate (OTD).

Admission Requirements

The Occupational Therapy program annually admits a class of 30 students to the professional entry level Doctorate (OTD), who begin studies in September each year.

  1. Baccalaureate degree or higher in any field from a regionally accredited college or university. Degree may be pending completion at time of application.
  2. Baccalaureate overall GPA of 3.0 or better.
  3. GPA of 3.0 or better in prerequisite courses (listed below).
  4. Completed documentation of volunteer/paid experience showing at least 10 hours of volunteer, work, or shadowing experience in at least two (2) OT practice environments.
  5. A competitive Graduate Record Exam (GRE) taken within the last 5 years, including the analytical writing component. Preferred candidates will score 145 or higher on both verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE, and a 4 or higher on analytical writing. (Waived for applicants with graduate degrees)
  6. Interview (arranged by invitation when all other application materials have been received and reviewed).
  7. The following prerequisite courses or the equivalent must be completed with a grade of B or better. Unless specified, the courses below should have at least 3 credits to be considered as a prerequisite course. Students may complete up to two prerequisites in the summer session after acceptance into the program but before beginning the graduate level of study:
    • Human anatomy & physiology I (with lab)
    • Human anatomy & physiology II (with lab)
    • Any abnormal psychology or psychopathology course
    • Any lifespan human development or development psychology course (covering the entire lifespan, birth through aging)
    • Research methods course with health professions or behavioral research focus
    • Any introductory (or higher) physics course
    • Any general psychology course
    • Any statistics course (math or psychology)
    • Any sociology or anthropology course with a multicultural theme
    • Any medical terminology course (1-3 credits accepted)

* Note: Criminal background checks are required after students are admitted, and before they may go out on community or fieldwork experiences, which occur throughout the program.

Graduation Requirements

To fulfill graduation requirements students must have completed all of the following:

  1. All credits required in the course of studies with a minimum GPA of 3.25
  2. Minimum passing grade of “B” in each course.
  3. Payment of all tuition and fees.

Complete the OTCAS Online Application

The Occupational Therapy Program receives applications for doctoral program admission and most applicant credentials exclusively through the Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS), provided by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).

Regular Admission

  • Applications must be submitted and verified by May 31, 2017 for consideration.
  • Decisions announced: 2-3 weeks following the interview

OTCAS Open and Close Dates

  • The OTCAS application cycle has closed for the 2017 academic year, and will open July 19, 2017 for the 2018 admission.
  • April 30, 2018 OTCAS Application Close Date for Indiana Wesleyan University - deadline for applicants to submit all application materials. The OTCAS application must be received AND verified by this date. In addition, official GRE scores must be received by IWU, and the Observation Form submitted by this date.
Orientation Date - September 1st, 2017
Start Date - September 5th, 2017

Application Procedures

To be considered for admission to the Occupational Therapy Doctorate degree program, complete each of the following steps. For more information, call 866-498-4968 to speak with a Program Representative.

  1. Application: Apply online at indwes.edu/OTD. *PLEASE NOTE: the Occupational Therapy Program receives applications for doctoral program admission and most applicant credentials exclusively through the Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS), provided by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).
  2. Transcripts: College - Official transcripts are required from the baccalaureate degree-granting institution. Transcripts are required for application and are to be submitted through OTCAS. College Transcripts from Non-U.S. Schools - Secure a course-by-course report from Educational Credential Evaluator (www.ece.org). Be sure to request that the report be sent directly to OTCAS. The evaluation must list course-by-course hours and grades.
  3. Observational Hours: Applicants must provide documentation of volunteer/paid experience showing at least 10 hours of volunteer, work, or shadowing experience in at least two (2) Occupational Therapy practice environments. The required form is available at the “Apply Today” section of the IWU website.
  4. GRE Scores: Applicants must provide proof of a competitive Graduate Record Exam (GRE) taken within the last 5 years, including the analytical writing component. Preferred candidates will score 145 or higher on both verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE, and a 4 or higher on analytical writing. Please request a copy of your GRE scores to be sent to the address listed below. (The Indiana Wesleyan University institutional code is R1446.) Additional GRE information can be obtained by contacting Educational Testing Services at 609-771-7670 or visiting their Web site. (Waived for applicants with graduate degrees)
  5. TOEFL Scores: Submit a copy of your Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores if English is not your primary language. For more information about this test, see www.toefl.org.

 

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