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2012-2013 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Occupational Therapy – Doctor of Occupational Therapy (DrOT)


University of the Sciences offers a doctor of occupational therapy (DrOT) program. Students choose from one of two tracks: community-based practice and leadership.

Beginning with the 2011–2012 academic year, the accelerated program will be the only entrance option for those without a baccalaureate degree.

The curriculum for the first and second years of the accelerated pathway to the DrOT program provides a broad foundation of natural science, social science, and humanities upon which the professional courses are structured. The professional component of the curriculum is based on the theories of occupation and occupational therapy, which emphasize the importance of meaning and purpose in goal-directed activities or occupations. The courses will actively engage the student in experiential learning so that knowledge, skills, and attitudes are integrated by “doing.”

In addition to instruction provided by occupational therapy and other University faculty, the resources of clinical affiliates in community centers, community outreach programs, long-term care facilities, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and schools in the Greater Philadelphia area and neighboring states will be used for many clinical experiences. There are two three-month clinical education components to the curriculum that may be scheduled throughout the United States. In addition, doctoral students complete a four-month experiential field experience, which may also be scheduled throughout the United States. Please note that prior fieldwork or work experience may not be substituted for the experiential field experience. In the event that a current work setting is used to satisfy the 16-week requirement, the student must develop a plan in collaboration with the fieldwork coordinator to ensure that additional experiential activities are conducted at the work site to meet the requirements of the in-depth doctoral experiential component.

With very few exceptions, all states require a license to practice occupational therapy. Applicants for a license must have a degree in occupational therapy from an accredited occupational therapy program and a passing score on the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) exam. A master’s degree in occupational therapy is the minimum degree level required of those entering the field. Licensing requirements vary from state to state, and students can obtain information by contacting the appropriate licensing board. Please note that prior felony convictions may affect one’s ability to become certified
or licensed.

Students who are applying to take the NBCOT exam are required to pass a NBCOT practice exam and present evidence of passing to the Occupational Therapy Department chairperson with the exam application. Applications will not be processed and submitted to NBCOT without this evidence.

The doctor of occupational therapy (DrOT) program has been awarded developing program status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE), a specialized accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. If you have questions or comments, please contact the agency at 4720 Montgomery Lane, P.O. Box 31220, Bethesda, MD 20824-1220 or 301.652.2682.

Accelerated Pathway DrOT Program


Program Admission Criteria


Qualified students admitted to the freshman year will be able to identify occupational therapy as their major field of study. Students in the Accelerated BSHS/DrOT program who achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 AND a cumulative GPA of 3.00 in all courses with an OT prefix and prerequisites for the DrOT program (identified below) by the end of the spring semester of their second year are guaranteed a place in the professional phase of the occupational therapy curriculum.

Applicants from other undergraduate majors and transfer students are also welcome. The grade level to which transfer students are assigned will depend on the prerequisites they have completed, but the minimum residency requirement is four years. All conditions regarding guaranteed admission into the professional curriculum also apply to transfer students admitted to the first or second year.

In addition to the academic and personal qualifications required of students applying for the program, transfer applicants will also be expected to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of occupational therapy gained from observation, reading, and personal or family experiences with occupational therapy practice. Applicants are encouraged to have volunteer/observation experience in occupational therapy.

Students who follow the accelerated pathway to the DrOT curriculum will earn their BSHS in 3 1/2 years. In order to continue in the DrOT program after completion of the BSHS, students in the accelerated pathway must:

  • Earn the BSHS degree at University of the Sciences.
  • Obtain a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher in University of the Sciences’ BSHS program.
  • Obtain a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher in courses in the BSHS program that have OT prefixes or that serve as prerequisites for the DrOT program.

Program Retention Policy


Students must achieve a minimum grade of “C” (or “P” in pass/fail courses) in all courses with the prefix “OT” in order to progress in the occupational therapy curriculum. If the student earns a “C-” or “D” grade (“D+,” “D,” “D-”) during the professional phase of the curriculum, the student will be unable to progress to the next semester of coursework. This will result in a delay in the student’s progress for one year. The student must submit, in writing, intent to resume his/her studies in the occupational therapy curriculum no later than one month prior to the start of the relevant semester. Following faculty review, the student may be offered the opportunity to retake the relevant course.

If a student receives a grade of “F” in any course with an OT prefix during the professional phase of the curriculum, the student will be dismissed from the OT program. Further, if a student in the professional phase of the curriculum receives two “C-” or “D” grades (“D-,” “D,” “D+”) in one semester, he/she will be dismissed from the OT program.

If a student in the pre-professional phase of the curriculum earns a grade of “C-” or lower in an OT course, that student will be required to meet with the program director for the doctoral program, or designee, to develop a plan for satisfactorily completing the course prior to progressing into the professional phase of the curriculum.

The grading criteria for courses will be established and made explicit in each syllabus.

Students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 once they begin the professional phase of the curriculum. Students who fail to achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 will be placed on program probation. A student cannot be on probation for more than two semesters (including summers) while in the professional coursework phase of the curriculum. Students who fail to achieve the minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 following two semesters of program probation will be dismissed from the program. A student cannot participate in Level II fieldwork while on probation. Department probation that delays Level II fieldwork will result in a revised schedule and a delay in graduation.
A student may take an OT course a maximum of two times to achieve a grade of “C” or higher. If the student does not achieve the required “C” or better grade in the OT course after taking the course a second time, the student will be dismissed from the program. Students may retake no more than two courses with an OT prefix.

Any student who is dismissed from the program may petition the faculty to be readmitted after a period of one year. The student must demonstrate a clear rationale as to why he/she should be readmitted to the program. There is no obligation for the faculty to readmit a student who has been dismissed.

Level IIa and Level IIb fieldwork experiences must be completed within 18 months of the completion of prerequisite coursework.

The doctoral experiential fieldwork component (Level IIc) must be completed within 18 months of the completion of didactic coursework.

Maximum Period of Candidacy to Pursue the DrOT


The accelerated pathway in the DrOT program is designed to be completed in 2 1/2 years (including one summer session), after completion of the BSHS in health science degree (3 1/2 years) at USciences. While it is anticipated that most students will graduate within the expected 2 1/2 years, periodically unforeseen circumstances occur. Therefore, students in the accelerated pathway will be given a period of 4 1/2 years to complete the program.

The academic standards of the DrOT program, including the program admission criteria, program retention policy, and the maximum period of candidacy, are subject to revision. Contact the Department of Occupational Therapy for more information about these policies.

BSHS/DrOT Accelerated Program Degree Requirements


Students entering in Catalog Years 2009–2011 (graduating classes of 2015–2017)—with general education.

Intellectual Heritage I & II Credits: 6


(Choose two)

Occupational Therapy Courses


Occupational Therapy Concentration Track


Students will choose one of the following concentration tracks:

BSHS/DrOT Accelerated Program Curriculum Plan


Students entering in Catalog Years 2009–2011 (graduating classes of 2015–2017)—with general education.

First Year (U1)


Second Year (U2)


Intellectual Heritage I Credits: 3


(Choose one)

Credits/Semester: 17


Spring Semester


  • Humanities or General Education Elective Credits: 3

Intellectual Heritage II Credits: 3


(Choose one)

Credits/Semester: 17


Third Year (P1)


Summer Semester


Credits/Semester: 4–6


Credits/Semester: 16


Credits/Semester: 17


Fourth Year (P2)


Credits/Semester: 4


Credits/Semester: 16


Total credits to receive a BSHS degree: 123


Credits/Semester: 16


Fifth Year (P3)


Concentration Tracks


Students will choose one of the following:

Credits/Semester: 12


Credits/Semester: 12


Sixth Year (P4)


P4 Summer Semester


Credits/Semester: 6


Concentration Tracks


Students will choose one of the following:

Credits/Semester: 14


Spring Semester


Credits/Semester: 12


Total credits to receive a DrOT: 195


BSHS/DrOT Accelerated Program Degree Requirements


Students entering in Catalog Years 2012 and beyond (graduating classes of 2018 and beyond)—with general education.

Intellectual Heritage I & II Credits: 6


(Choose two)

Occupational Therapy Courses


Occupational Therapy Concentration Track


Students will choose one of the following concentration tracks:

BSHS/DrOT Accelerated Program Curriculum Plan


Students entering in Catalog Years 2012 and beyond (graduating classes of 2018 and beyond)—with general education.

First Year (U1)


Second Year (U2)


Intellectual Heritage I Credits: 3


(Choose one)

Credits/Semester: 17


Spring Semester


  • Humanities or General Education Elective Credits: 3

Intellectual Heritage II Credits: 3


(Choose one)

Credits/Semester: 17


Third Year (P1)


Summer Semester


Credits/Semester: 4–6


Credits/Semester: 16


Credits/Semester: 17


Fourth Year (P2)


Credits/Semester: 4


Credits/Semester: 16


Total credits to receive a BSHS degree: 123


Credits/Semester: 12


Fifth Year (P3)


Concentration Tracks:


Students will choose one of the following:

Credits/Semester: 12


Credits/Semester: 12


Sixth Year (P4)


Summer Semester


Credits/Semester: 6


Concentration Tracks:


Students will choose one of the following:

Credits/Semester: 14


Spring Semester


Credits/Semester: 12


Total credits to receive a DrOT: 195


Post-Baccalaureate Admission to the DrOT


Students who have earned or will have earned a bachelor’s degree prior to the start of the program may be eligible for entrance into the four-year doctor of occupational therapy (DrOT) program.

Program Admission Criteria


To be considered for admission to the post-baccalaureate pathway of the DrOT program, a student must:

  • Have an earned baccalaureate degree from a recognized institution of higher learning.
  • Have completed the following prerequisite course requirements:
    • 2 semesters of anatomy and physiology
    • 1 semester of abnormal psychology
    • 1 semester of either sociology or cultural anthropology
    • 1 semester of physics (with or without a lab)
    • 1 semester of statistics
    • 1 semester of human growth and development through the life span
  • Obtain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 in the baccalaureate degree program.
  • Be fluent in both spoken and written English.

Students may get credit for the above courses through a CLEP process. In some instances, credit may be given for life experience.

Please note that the program begins with an intensive neuroscience course, which starts in late May. Prerequisites should be completed by the end of May.

Program Retention Policy


Students must achieve a minimum grade of “C” (or “P” in pass/fail courses) in all courses with the prefix “OT” in order to progress in the occupational therapy curriculum. If the student earns a “C-” or “D” grade (“D+,” “D,” “D-”), the student will be unable to progress to the next semester of coursework. This will result in a delay in the student’s progress for one year. The student must submit, in writing, intent to resume his/her studies in the occupational therapy curriculum no later than one month prior to the start of the relevant semester. Following faculty review, the student may be offered the opportunity to retake the relevant course.

The grading criteria for courses will be established and made explicit in each syllabus.

If a student receives a grade of “F” in any course with an OT prefix, the student will be dismissed from the OT program. Further, if a student receives two “C-” or “D” grades (“D-,” “D,” “D+”) in one semester, he/she will be dismissed from the OT program.

Students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 throughout the DrOT curriculum. Students who fail to achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 will be placed on program probation. A student cannot be on probation for more than two semesters (including summers) while in the curriculum. Students who fail to achieve the minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 following two semesters of program probation will be dismissed from the program. A student cannot participate in Level II fieldwork while on probation. Department probation that delays Level II fieldwork will result in a revised schedule and a delay in graduation.

A student may take an OT course a maximum of two times to achieve a grade of “C” or higher. If the student does not achieved the required “C” or better grade in the OT course after taking the course a second time, the student will be dismissed from the program. Students may retake no more than two courses with an OT prefix.

Any student who is dismissed from the program may petition the faculty to be readmitted after a period of one year. The student must demonstrate a clear rationale as to why he/she should be readmitted to the program. There is no obligation for the faculty to readmit a student who has been dismissed.

Level IIa and Level IIb fieldwork experiences must be completed within 18 months of the completion of prerequisite coursework.

The doctoral experiential fieldwork component (Level IIc) must be completed within 18 months of the completion of didactic coursework.

Maximum Period of Candidacy to Pursue the DrOT


Students entering the post-baccalaureate pathway of the DrOT program are expected to complete the program within a period of four years (including two summer sessions). While it is anticipated that most students will graduate within this time period, periodically unforeseen circumstances occur. Therefore, students in the post-baccalaureate pathway will be given a period of six years to complete the program.

The academic standards of the DrOT program, including the program admission criteria, program retention policy, and the maximum period of candidacy, are subject to revision. Contact the Department of Occupational Therapy for more information about these policies.

DrOT Degree Requirements


For students who have completed a baccalaureate degree.

Occupational Therapy Concentration Track


Students will choose one of the following concentration tracks:

DrOT Curriculum Plan


For students who have completed a baccalaureate degree.

First Year


Credits/Semester: 6


Credits/Semester: 16


Credits/Semester: 17


Second Year


Credits/Semester: 4


Credits/Semester: 16


Credits/Semester: 16


Third Year


Concentration Tracks


Students will choose one of the following:

Credits/Semester: 12


Credits/Semester: 12


Fourth Year


Summer Semester


Credits/Semester: 6


Concentration Tracks


Students will choose one of the following:

Credits/Semester: 14


Spring Semester


Credits/Semester: 12


Total Credits: 131