As part of a Jesuit University, a primary focus of the OTD curriculum is to seek the truths and values essential to human life. Our program holds the belief that the intrinsic and unique value of human beings is expressed through occupation, and that the deepest purpose of each man and woman is to create, enrich and share life through human community. We believe we should strive for a human community of justice, respect, and mutual concern. The OTD curriculum integrates these beliefs into a response to important trends in occupational therapy practice and health care. The OTD Program prepares you to become an excellent practitioner and leader who is able to translate theoretical and philosophical tenets into every-day practice and who can influence a variety of systems toward health and wellness through occupation.
Our vision is to be nationally recognized for scholarship, research, teaching and learning, and the quality and professional excellence of our graduates and faculty as ethical leaders providing occupation and evidence-based care and service for individuals and the global society.
Curriculum Themes and Threads
Our curriculum encompasses three primary themes: occupation, professional practice, and professional identity. The curriculum is built around the nesting of these themes, so that you begin engaging in them as soon as you enter the program and continue to build on them throughout the curriculum. Leadership and Ignatian values are also interwoven within the curriculum. We also provide you with unique professional formation development through professional trajectory coursework in emerging and specialty areas of occupational therapy.
Level I Fieldwork
Students in the entry-level program enroll in four 3.5 week Level I Fieldwork experiences. Level I Fieldwork can be completed in a variety of settings, including hospitals, clinics, school systems, and community centers, and consists of both didactic and experiential learning opportunities.
Level II Fieldwork
Students complete two three-month clinical Level II Fieldwork placements during the sixth and seventh semester. Level II Field work experiences are completed at supervised, approved facilities. Eligibility for Level II Fieldwork experiences is determined by the student's mastery of the professional curriculum.
Entry-level Professional Rotation
Following the successful completion of the second Level II Fieldwork experience, students take part in an entry-level Professional Rotation comprised of 16 semester hours. Professional rotations offer students the opportunity to extend and refine knowledge acquired in the curriculum. Students should be able to articulate a rationale for their professional rotation site choice that considers their own occupational interests and needs, the opportunities, limitations, requirements and needs of practice environments, and the potential contribution a professional prepared with an OTD degree can make to such environments. Emphasis is placed on understanding the personal, communal and institutional/societal dimensions of professional development and on the importance of balancing them.
After the professional rotation is completed, students must complete the requirements for and participate in an on-campus capstone event for one credit hour.
Clinical education is available in a variety of practice settings and geographic locations. Some travel may be necessary outside of Omaha; students will be responsible for finding their own lodging and paying their own living expenses.
Have additional questions? Find out more about this program by contacting the admissions staff. Request more information or give us a call at 1-800-325-2830 Ext. 1.