Academics

Curriculum - Doctor of Occupational Therapy

The Doctor of Occupational Therapy degree requires the completion of a sequenced curriculum that is progressive in nature. Candidates for the occupational therapy degree must have completed the prescribed curriculum, encompassing 36 continuous months (3 years) of study, with an overall cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or better on a 4.00 scale on all work at UMMC. All required courses for each semester are prerequisites for required courses in subsequent semesters.

Due to variability of available clinical sites, completion of the clinical portion may be extended beyond the minimum of 36 months; however, students must complete Level II fieldwork and the specialty internship within 24 months following completion of the didactic portion of the program. A minimum of one fieldwork placement will be scheduled out‐of‐state. The specialty internship may be in or out of state.

First Year
SummerSemester Hours
OT 601 Functional Human Anatomy5
OT 602 Functional Human Anatomy Laboratory2
OT 605 Introduction to Occupational Therapy Practice2
OT 608 Group Process and Leadership2
Total11
Fall
OT 610 Kinesiology for Occupational Therapy3
OT 612 Neuroscience for Occupational Therapy4
OT 614 Occupation Based Practice I3
OT 616 Occupational Therapy: Pediatrics I4
OT 617 Principles of Patient Care2
OT 618 Research and Evidence Based Practice I2
Total18
Spring
OT 620 Occupation Based Practice II2
OT 622 Medical Conditions: Physical Dysfunction4
OT 624 Occupational Therapy: Pediatrics II3
OT 625 Pediatric Fieldwork I2
OT 626 Occupational Therapy: Adult/Older Adult3
OT 628 Research and Evidence Based Practice II2
OT 629 Research Proposal I1
Total 17
Second Year
Summer
OT 630 Management I: Legal and Ethical Principles3
OT 632 Assistive Technology and Environmental Adaptation3
OT 634 Community Health and Wellness3
OT 638 Research and Evidence Based Practice III2
OT 639 Research Proposal II1
Total12
Fall
OT 640 Occupational Therapy: Psychiatric/Psychosocial4
OT 642 Neurological Principles in Occupational Therapy3
OT 644 Orthopedic Principles in Occupational Therapy3
OT 645 Physical Dysfunction Fieldwork I2
OT 646 Case Based Clinical Reasoning3
OT 649 Research Project I1
Total16
Spring
OT 650 Orthoses and Physical Agent Modalities3
OT 652 Specialty Interventions in Occupational Therapy3
OT 654 Management II: Professional Leadership and Administration3
OT 655 Psychiatric/Psychosocial Fieldwork I3
OT 656 Fieldwork II Seminar1
OT 658 Research and Evidence Based Practice IV1
OT 659 Research Project II1
Total15
Third Year
Summer
OT 660 Fieldwork II A9
Total9
Fall
OT 670 Fieldwork II B9
OT 671 Specialty Internship Seminar3
Total12
Spring
OT 680 Specialty Internship12
OT 685 Specialty Internship Capstone1
Total13
Total required hours123
OT 690 Special Topics1-4
Total possible hours127
Community service hours are required each semester (excluding Level II Fieldwork and specialty internship semesters); these requirements are included in the course syllabus of a selected course at the beginning of each semester.