Occupational Therapy (Advanced Standing) (O.T.D)
Why get your entry-level doctoral degree in occupational therapy?
Students entering the Bachelor of Science (BS) program at UNH as first-year students in the Fall 2020 and beyond will have a choice of completing an entry-level Master’s Degree (MS) or an entry-level Clinical Doctoral degree (OTD). The American Occupational Therapy Association allows persons with either degree to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) to enter the profession. 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 and advocacy, 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?
Our OTD program is designed for students who are on an accelerated trajectory for advanced practice. The OTD program can be completed in 3 years (10 semesters) for students who have 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 6 years (16 semesters). 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
- Acute care
- Early intervention programs
- Hand therapy clinics
- In-patient rehabilitation centers
- Mental health and substance abuse programs
- Primary care settings
- School settings
- Skilled nursing facilities
- OT educator
- OT Clinical researcher