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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

 

Overview

 

NBCOT National Board Passing Rates

Indiana Wesleyan University’s OTD program is proud of our graduates!  We are one of only two OTD programs in the state of Indiana to achieve 100% passing rates for the National Board exam for the two most recent (2018 and 2019) reporting cycles.

 

The Mission of the OTD Program

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.

 

Unparalleled Learning Spaces

Due to our strength as the largest private University in the state of Indiana, IWU has access to classroom and lab resources that are unrivaled in our region.  At Indiana Wesleyan University, students learn in unique state-of-the-art facilities and lab spaces, including a well-equipped sensory-based pediatric lab, and an anatomy and neuroanatomy cadaver lab outfitted with media-based technologies.  Our human motion and musculoskeletal labs include XSensor® pressure mapping technology utilized for assessing and managing seating systems and a Dynavision2® machine to evaluate and treat visual motor integration.  Additionally, we have an entire three-bedroom “ADL House” offering students hands-on, realistic opportunities to develop assessment and training skills in environmental modifications, functional mobility and transfers, adaptive equipment, and improving skills to perform activities of daily living.  We have the only lab in an OT educational program in Indiana with a Bertec® computerized dynamic posturography machine for evaluating and addressing balance and mobility issues.  Finally, we have a state-of-the-art human motion capture laboratory utilizing 14 interconnected high-speed cameras which produces three-dimensional models of human movement patterns.

 

Experienced and Diverse Faculty

Indiana Wesleyan’s OTD program is blessed to have a diverse faculty with doctoral degrees from some of the nation’s leading institutions of higher learning.  The educational diversity of the faculty gives our students a view of occupational therapy from varying educational perspectives.  Three of the OTD faculty have experience as educational program directors, and combined, the faculty represent more than 160 years of clinical and academic experience.  Several of our faculty continue to work in clinical settings while teaching in the program, thereby allowing them to stay current with health care trends and practices.  All of our faculty teach within their areas of clinical expertise and specialization.

 

Our Personalized Fieldwork Model

Unlike most other OT programs in the United States, our program utilizes a uniquely student-focused fieldwork placement approach.  The program places students in five different fieldwork settings during their time in the program.  Our academic fieldwork coordinator meets with students near the beginning of the program to help them identify areas of clinical interest as well as geographic areas where they hope to complete Level II fieldwork rotations.  Consequently, our program sends students across the United States for fieldwork – from Alaska to Florida and California to Maine.  We have active contracts with hundreds of high-quality fieldwork sites to accommodate any student need.

 

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.

 

*To have a Christ-like character is to possess the “fruit of the Spirit” as enumerated in Galatians 5:22 and 23. The Fruit of the Spirit is love, which includes the qualities of “joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” We strive to embody all of these qualities in our lives, thereby treating others as Christ would treat them. Jesus Christ was humble (John 13:1-5) and compassionate in His service to those He came into contact with (Ephesians 4:32). He also taught His followers to be forgiving to those who have wronged them (Colossians 3:13). Being Christ-like involves following Christ’s example of reaching out in love and serving others.



Tuition for the OTD program at Indiana Wesleyan includes a transcultural travel course during the second spring trimester. Students and faculty travel together in small groups to destinations such as Belize, Ecuador, Curacao, and the Dominican Republic, to learn about health care and rehabilitation services there. This cultural immersion results in phenomenal learning opportunities that often cause our students to choose a similar transcultural environment for their doctoral residency project. Alumni from our program often remark about the “life changing” experiences that resulted from their transcultural travel course.



Students in the OTD program enjoy membership in a close-knit community of learners who support each other throughout all of their educational endeavors. The development of this caring, learning community leads them out into the larger community of central Indiana where they are a strong positive influence for health and wellness. Our program enjoys tremendous relationships with a large number of local community organizations who serve the needs of central Indiana residents, thereby allowing us to improve the occupational health and wellness of many.



Our students choose to conduct their doctoral residency projects all over the world! In additional to the continental United States, we have had OTD students complete their projects in rural Alaska, Sierra Leone, Ecuador, Haiti, Nepal, Kosovo, The Ukraine, Costa Rica, Armenia, Kenya, and Curacao. Students choose where they go and what type of project they complete. It is largely through our doctoral residency projects that that occupational therapy program embodies the mission of IWU to change the world in which we practice. Due to our vast network of qualified mentors around the globe, we can offer unique doctoral residency experiences that are not possible through other OTD programs in the United States.



 

The Global Health Initiatives Course

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

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 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is www.acoteonline.org.

Graduates of the program are 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. Through two cohorts of students, there have been 42 graduates from the OTD program at Indiana Wesleyan University, giving the program a graduation rate of 91%.

The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy reports the certification exam outcomes for all occupational therapy programs at the following link: https://secure.nbcot.org/data/schoolstats.aspx

Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE)
c/o Accreditation Department
American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929
Phone number for AOTA is: 1-301-652-AOTA
www.acoteonline.org

Tuition & Financial Aid

Program Credit Hours Tuition
Doctorate of Occupational Therapy 105 Total $11,375 / trimester

*Effective July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2020.

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 IWUfinaid@indwes.edu.

Published tuition and fees are subject to change.

Courses

Year One - Fall Trimester
OTD-700,OTD-705,OTD-722,OTD-718,OTD-720,OTD-771

Total 17 credit hours

Year One - Spring Trimester

OTD-730,OTD-725,OTD-738,OTD-820,OTD-723,OTD-715

Total 16 credit hours

Year One - Summer Trimester

OTD-760,OTD-770,OTD-735,OTD-765,OTD-763,OTD-743,OTD-768,OTD-749
Total 15 credit hours

Total for Year One 48 credit hours

Year Two - Fall Trimester

OTD-785,OTD-795,OTD-780,OTD-769,OTD-706,OTD-753,OTD-750,OTD-762

Total 18 credit hours

Year Two - Spring Trimester

OTD-790,OTD-751,OTD-745,OTD-775,OTD-741,OTD-778

Total 15 credit hours

Year Two - Summer Trimester

OTD-800

Total Credits for Summer 7 credit hours

Total Credits for Year Two 38 credit hours

Year Three - Fall Trimester

OTD-801

Total 7 credit hours

Year Three - Spring Trimester

OTD-802,OTD-830

Total 10 credit hours
Total Credits for Year Three 17

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. A baccalaureate or graduate degree from a college or university accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by both the U.S. Department of Education (USDoE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) verified on original transcripts sent by the institution directly to Indiana Wesleyan University. Degree may be pending completion at the 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)
    • Any introductory (or higher) physics course
    • 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).


Observation Form

Orientation Date - September 3-4, 2020
Start Date - September 8, 2020

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.
  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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