The Doctor of Occupational therapy degree at Abilene Christian University is a new program and is in the application process for candidacy for approval to accept admission of its first class in the fall of 2021. Subsequent to a positive candidacy decision students may be notified of acceptance May 2021. Final accreditation decision will be made in August 2023.
The Doctor of Occupational Therapy, consisting of classroom instruction, fieldwork, and capstone experience may be completed in approximately 29 months. The program is designed to prepare students for leadership and specialized focus in the field of occupational therapy. The curriculum provides a foundation of generalist education with broad exposure to theories and practice areas in occupational therapy with additional training in research techniques that are applicable within and without the clinical setting and concurrent specialized training in the students’ chosen area of clinical practice skills, research, administration, leadership, program and policy development, advocacy, education, or theory development.
The 85-hour program includes two 12-week fieldwork education rotations and a 14-week doctoral capstone experience. The capstone experience consists of two parts: the capstone project and the capstone experience. For the capstone experience, the student will complete an individual 14-week capstone experience in the students chosen area of specialization for the purpose of implementing the project.
Upon completion of degree requirements and dependent on the accreditation decision which will be made in August 2023 students will be eligible to sit for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) for the practice of occupational therapy. After passing the NBCOT exam, students may apply for licensure in the state in which they intend to practice.