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Online Doctorate of

Occupational Therapy

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Why Earn a Post Professional Doctorate of Occupational Therapy at Etown SGPS?

Earning a Post Professional Doctorate of Occupational Therapy at Elizabethtown College School of Graduate and Professional Studies (SGPS) is an excellent decision for licensed occupational therapists seeking to advance their careers. This program offers a highly customizable curriculum, allowing you to tailor your studies to your interests and enhance your role as an advanced practitioner. The interdisciplinary approach of the program equips you with critical thinking, leadership, advocacy, and research skills, essential for contributing significantly to the field of occupational therapy.

Program Outcomes:

  • Engage in advanced practice that integrates critical thinking, reflective practice, creativity, and ethical reasoning in the occupational therapy process.
  • Demonstrate leadership in the management and delivery of occupational therapy services, evaluation of program effectiveness, and professional development.
  • Recognize opportunities for and demonstrate principles and skills related to advocacy.
  • Contribute to the body of evidence that supports traditional and emerging occupational therapy practice.

Online

Program Format

32-35

credits required

to graduate

Complete the Program in

1 Year

or More if Needed

Etown SGPS Ranked

#24

For Best Masters

Degrees in Pennsylvania

by University HQ

What Career Opportunities Could I Have With a Doctorate in Occupational Therapy?

The Post-Professional Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) at Elizabethtown College is tailored for licensed occupational therapists who already hold a master’s degree in the field. This interdisciplinary program is designed to broaden your expertise and enhance your role as an advanced practitioner. With a curriculum that encourages exploration of new interests, the OTD offers four distinct track options aimed at supporting your specific career goals. Whether your focus is on pediatric practice, community wellness for select populations, healthcare management, or leadership and advocacy, you'll find a path that aligns with your aspirations.

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The coursework in this doctorate program was impactful as I had opportunities to learn about current topics that are influencing the occupational therapy field while collaborating with professionals outside of my field.

Understand Tuition Costs and Explore Scholarship Opportunities

The Post-Professional Occupational Therapy Doctorate is priced at $525 per credit. Scholarships and financial aid are available to make your Etown SGPS education even more affordable. Below are just a few of the scholarships and programs available to students:

  • Alumni Scholarship: 15% tuition discount, available to Elizabethtown College alumni.
  • Affinity Partner Scholarship: 15% discount, offered to employees of organizations partnered with Etown SGPS.
  • Jay Fellowship Referral Program: This is a referral program that benefits both current students/alumni and prospective students. When a student or alum refers a new student, both the referrer and the referred student receive a complimentary credit for their program of interest.
  • Graduate Assistant Positions: Elizabethtown College at times has Graduate Assistantship (GA) positions, pending availability of open positions and funding. Students interested in pursuing a GA positions are encouraged to share their interest in doing so during the interview process. GA position decisions are determined based on students’ interests and relevant experience and skills (e.g., prior work and academic experience).

Tuition and fees are reviewed and subject to change annually.

Tuition & Aid 

Doctorate of Occupational Therapy Requirements

Two graduate certificates are required to complete the didactic portion of the program (24-27 credits based on certificate selection). In addition, all students will complete a scholarship course culminating in a proposal for the capstone experience (4 credits) as well as a final capstone experience (4 credits).

Course Catalog  Academic Calendar 

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Analyze the complexity in strengths and challenges across the autism life span, from diagnosis through adulthood.
  • Implement evidence based interoception assessments and interventions to improve sleep, eating, toileting, education, emotional regulation and social participation individually and in group settings.
  • Use evidence-based lifestyle (focus on food choice) assessment and interventions to improve sleep, eating, toileting, emotional regulation and social participation individually and in group settings.
  • Design and create programs and environments that support individuals with autism in their homes, schools, at work and communities.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Assess the short- and long-term impact of trauma on the developing child.
  • Implement trauma-informed approaches within their field of practice.
  • Establish cross-system collaborations with other practitioners serving children and families experiencing trauma.
  • Advocate for trauma-sensitive school and organization change.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Manage people and processes in health care organizations by assessing, developing and applying leadership styles in real-world situations.
  • Drive health care strategy and improvement by leveraging knowledge of policies, economics, finance and systems to implement strategic enhancements in an organization.
  • Confirm that required policies are applied to health care organizations by exploring areas of policy, law and ethics, management ideas, theories and case studies in health care.
  • Apply principles of economics to manage finances in a health care organization by leveraging knowledge in financial and insurance information.
  • Develop a foundation to optimize information systems or human resource administration in a health care organization by choosing either Health Informatics or Human Resources Administration in Heath Care.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Develop and articulate your personal leadership style through a mix of coursework, case studies and a leadership analysis.
  • Lead and manage change by effectively assessing team dynamics, corporate structures and fostering collaboration, innovation and creativity to strategically implement change in your organization.
  • Identify problems and develop solutions by assessing their impact while collaborating to effectively communicate your plan to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Build teams and collaborate across sectors by examining how personalities, team dynamics, corporate structure and organizational needs provide direction for an emerging strategic leader.
  • Communicate strategically while considering ethics, feedback, team collaboration and persuasion while assessing all stakeholder needs. You will develop your personal communication style, strategies and evaluation of effective communication channels for your clear and compelling messages.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Evaluate the steps to start, innovate, and grow a business.
  • Analyze the strategies involved in running a successful business.
  • Articulate leadership skills and practices to optimize business performance.
  • Critique governance structures and succession planning as a vital component of a business model.
  • Develop a business plan on a new entrepreneurial business idea or possible innovation.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Describe strategies for strategic revenue generation, such as fundraising techniques, grant writing, and donor engagement.
  • Explain the principles of governance, advocacy, and the role of boards in non-profit organizations.
  • Compare different governance models and advocacy approaches in the non-profit sector.
  • Analyze ethical dilemmas and propose ethical solutions in leadership and decision-making scenarios.
  • Construct a governance and advocacy framework that aligns with the organization’s values and fosters positive change.
  • Reflect on personal leadership practices and ethical decision-making, identifying areas for further development and growth.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Demonstrate the requisite Spanish language level needed to pass the ALTA language proficiency exam.
  • Analyze, critique, and articulate barriers facing Hispanic/Latinx patients within regional health systems.
  • Describe best practices of interpretation, confidentiality, and ethical practice.
  • Identify and describe cultural factors that influence practices and information related to illness, wellbeing, and health care.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Promote effective instructional leadership through the strategic enhancement of professional development, capacity building, implementing a rigorous curriculum, high-quality instruction, and establishing robust assessment and accountability measures.
  • Foster a climate and culture of inclusive excellence by nurturing a community of care and support, promoting equity, cultural responsiveness, and holistic development.
  • Equip participants with the essential skills and knowledge required to thrive in face-to-face, hybrid, and online environments.
  • Design learning experiences based on the unique characteristics and motivations of adult learners aligning with the theory of andragogy.

Application Requirements & Process

To enter our Doctorate of Occupational Therapy program you will need to:

  • Be a licensed occupational therapist with official transcripts conferring a master's degree in occupational therapy from an accredited college or university.
  • Successfully complete two graduate certificate programs through SGPS.
  • Must possess the time to devote to your coursework; in an accelerated program, time spent outside of class is considerable.

There are two ways to enter the Doctorate of Occupational Therapy Program:

If you would like to accelerate the completion of the doctoral program and do not choose to receive any graduate certificate designations on your transcripts, please follow these instructions:

  •  Contact or meet with our admissions staff for guidance and to find out more information.
  •  Complete the graduate application via the online portal choosing the GPS Graduate Application, indicating the Doctorate of Occupational Therapy as your major and designating the two certificate programs you plan to pursue as part of the PPOTD. This portal will include the submission of a $25 nonrefundable application fee, waived for Elizabethtown College graduates.
    • You will also need to request official transcripts from institutions you have attended and upload your current resume.
    • Additionally, prepare a 1-2 page essay addressing your statement of professional goals, current approach to leadership/management and long-term goals for the application of the PPOTD to your professional life. Instructions for these are available in the admissions portal.
  •  After submitting your application, the SGPS Team will review it and select applicants.
  •  Selected applicants will be invited to complete an interview. Final admissions decisions will be determined after the interview.
  •  If there are any questions or concerns, the admissions team will contact you for further discussion.

If you prefer to receive certificate designation on your transcript for each of the areas you pursue within the PPOTD, it will require taking each graduate certificate individually. Please follow these instructions:

  •  Contact or meet with our admissions staff for guidance and to find out more information.
  •  Complete the graduate application via the online portal choosing the GPS Graduate Application, designating the first certificate program as your major and indicating that you plan to pursue the PPOTD and then designating your second certificate choice. This portal will include the submission of a $25 nonrefundable application fee, waived for Elizabethtown College graduates.
    • You will also need to request official transcripts from institutions you have attended and upload your current resume.
    • Additionally, prepare a 1-2 page essay addressing your statement of professional goals, current approach to leadership/management and long-term goals for the application of the PPOTD to your professional life. Instructions for these are available in the admissions portal.
  •  After submitting your application, the SGPS Team will review it and select applicants.
  •  Selected applicants will be invited to complete an interview. Final admissions decisions will be determined after the interview.
  •  If there are any questions or concerns, the admissions team will contact you for further discussion.

Etown seniors, alumni, and employees may be able to take advantage of our two-step, fast-tracked application process.

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