About the Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program

Occupational Therapy Students in the McLean Health Sciences Classroom

OTD Program Mission Statement

The Mission of the Methodist University Program in Occupational Therapy is to cultivate exceptional clinicians who become professional leaders committed to advancing human health and wellness through participation in everyday life activities. Our graduates think critically through the use of contemporary evidence-based practice and demonstrate the distinct value of authentic occupational therapy practices through their body of knowledge, specialized skills, and client-centered care.

OTD Program Vision Statement

The Methodist University Program in Occupational Therapy will be a leader in occupational therapy education for the development of diverse and critically-thinking practitioners. The program will generate compassionate and ethical leaders who will serve their communities and the profession as a bridge between biomedical and sociocultural health through the delivery of authentic, evidence-based use of daily life activities to improve health. Through their practice, our graduates will engage, enrich, and empower the lives and communities they serve.

OTD Program Educational Philosophy

Occupational therapy (OT) is the bridge between health science and the social-cultural human arts.  Historically, OT started in mental health by utilizing meaningful activity to improve the lives of those with mental illness.  We were inherently rooted in psychology, cognition and sociology even before we immersed ourselves in today’s health and medical models of care. OT is not just about recovery from an illness or disability, but it is authentically focused on the capacity of meaningful daily activity participation to improve health and well-being in anyone, regardless of age or health status. The Methodist OTD program will embody these professional foundations by being the bridge between the School of Health Sciences and other university programs.  Consistent with the core mission of the university to nurture moral values; the faculty in the Department of Occupational Therapy at Methodist University strongly endorses the view that occupational therapy professional is an applied scientist, whose conduct represents the values and ethics inherent in the profession by recognizing the dignity of each client.

The Department of Occupational Therapy also values an evidence-based and theory-driven approach for clinical decision making in the development of a contemporary, authentic clinician. Inherently, this requires active engagement in scholarly inquiry. As such, our curriculum has a scholarship component that emphasizes a deliberate and collaborative effort between faculty and students to enhance the body of knowledge for the profession of occupational therapy and/or the delivery of occupational therapy education. We believe that this approach will enable the Doctor of Occupational Therapy program to consistently challenge, engage, enrich, and empower the occupational therapists of tomorrow.

Graduation Requirements

The proposed OTD program includes 36 months of graduate level courses distributed across 9 semesters and 37 courses at the doctoral level. Students must complete a total of 113 credits (95 didactic units and 18 clinical education units).

  • Students must complete all didactic courses with a minimum GPA of 2.75 and no course grades below C (70.00%).
  • Students must also complete all clinical education courses with a grade of Pass.
  • All courses, including fieldwork and capstone components, must be completed within a maximum time frame of 150% of the length of the program in years (i.e., 4.5 years).
  • Students must be in good standing in character, conduct, and ability as described in the Professional Behavior and Essential Functions Policy, and recommended for graduation by the faculty.
  • Students must have met all financial obligations to the university.


Program in Occupational Therapy recognition ceremonies take place in May along with the University’s traditional Baccalaureate and Commencement events. The actual degree is awarded following successful completion of the 14-week Doctoral Experiential Component (DEC). After the student has successfully completed the required experiences and all financial responsibility to the University is fulfilled, the diploma will be issued and mailed.