Occupational Therapy (O.T.D)
WHY GET YOUR CLINICAL DOCTORAL DEGREE IN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY?
An entry level doctoral degree in occupational therapy will prepare students to enter the profession with strong foundational skills in occupational therapy assessment and intervention, advanced training in clinical skills, leadership, clinical research, and program development. Throughout the doctoral program, students will be challenged to learn and apply occupational therapy principles to traditional and emerging areas of practice, in hospital and community-based settings and for individual clients and population groups. Graduates gain valuable skills to become leaders in their field, advance in their careers, and position themselves as agents of change to influence policy and practice.
WHY CHOOSE UNH’S OTD PROGRAM?
UNH's OTD program is designed for students who are on an accelerated trajectory for advanced practice. The OTD program can be completed in three years (nine semesters and one January term) for students who enter with a bachelor’s degree in a related field. Students in the UNH BS/OTD program enter the OTD program with advanced standing to complete both degrees in six years (14 semesters and one January term). Our courses will be offered using a mix of face-to-face, hybrid and online delivery methods to maximize and enhance learning. Students will be mentored one-on-one by faculty who have expertise in clinical and evidence-based practice. Students tailor their educational experience to match their career goals within practice areas such as school-based practice, mental health, geriatric practice or musculoskeletal disorders.
POTENTIAL CAREER AREAS
- Early intervention programs
- In-patient rehabilitation centers
- Mental health and substance abuse programs
- Primary care settings
- School settings
- Skilled nursing facilities
- OT clinical researcher
- OT educator