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Doctor of Occupational Therapy | Dr. Ben Herz, Program Director

Doctor of Occupational Therapy | Dr. Ben Herz, Program Director

Dr. Ben Herz outlines the structure and benefits of the South University Doctor of Occupational Therapy program. Learn what makes South University's program different in this category.

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My name is Ben Herz, I am the program director of the Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program here at South University.

The program is actually designed for those people who already have an occupational therapy degree, both bachelors and masters. What we're doing is, we're concentrating more on the constructive critical thinking aspect, making sure that they're getting advanced knowledge using evidence based practices for that. Being able to support their area of practice, and look at the specialty area that they may be in, whether it's pediatrics or all through geriatrics, or even phycology.

There are two different tracks, the baccalaureate degree, of course, has a couple of courses that are gonna be prerequisite course that they would need to take before they come into the actual program. Masters can come in right away. I was one who went and got his doctorate after getting a degree, and it really brought me back to the nature of what occupational therapy is, and how to implement various different things into that. It just made me a better therapist, I think.

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Curriculum

Courses

Doctor of Occupational Therapy: 58 Credits
Track A
OTD7000 Introduction to Advanced Doctoral Studies, 3 Credit Hours
OTD7021 Historical Perspectives in Occupational Therapy, 3 Credit Hours
OTD7022 Introduction to Neuro-Occupations, 3 Credit Hours
OTD7023 Critical Analysis of Health Promotion and Healthcare Policy, 3 Credit Hours
OTD7025 Healthcare Management and Program Development, 3 Credit Hours
OTD7030 Multidisciplinary Integration of Occupation and Clinical Intervention, 3 Credit Hours
OTD7031 Research Methodologies and Inquiry, 4 Credit Hours
OTD7032 Clinical Doctoral Outcome Measures I, 4 Credit Hours
OTD7033 Clinical Doctoral Outcome Measures II, 4 Credit Hours
OTD7035 Professional Development in Advanced Scholarship and Practice I, 1 Credit Hour
OTD7036 Professional Development in Advanced Scholarship and Practice II, 1 Credit Hour
OTD7037 Professional Development in Advanced Scholarship and Practice III, 1 Credit Hour
OTD7039 Critical Analysis of Occupational Therapy Practice, 4 Credit Hours
OTD7040 Critical Analysis of Capstone Project Trajectory I, 1 Credit Hour
OTD7041 Critical Analysis of Capstone Project Trajectory II, 1 Credit Hour
OTD7042 Critical Analysis of Capstone Project Trajectory III, 1 Credit Hour
OTD7043 Critical Analysis of Capstone Project Trajectory IV, 1 Credit Hour
OTD7044 Critical Analysis of Capstone Project Trajectory V, 1 Credit Hour
OTD7045 Critical Analysis of Capstone Project Trajectory VI, 1 Credit Hour
OTD7046 Critical Analysis of Capstone Project Trajectory VII, 1 Credit Hour
OTD7047 Advanced Clinical and Professional Ethics, 4 Credit Hours
OTD7050 Critical Analysis of Capstone Project with Presentation, 4 Credit Hours
Elective Courses: Select Two
OTD7051 Educational Theory and Practice, 3 Credit Hours
OTD7052 The American Professorate: A Faculty Perspective, 3 Credit Hours
OTD7053 Emerging Issues in Advanced Geriatric Practice, 3 Credit Hours
OTD7054 Current Topics in Pediatric Intervention and Practice, 3 Credit Hours
OTD7055 Current Topics in Behavioral Health Intervention, 3 Credit Hours
OTD7056 Current Topics in Adult Rehabilitation Intervention, 3 Credit Hours
OTD7057 Exploration of Leadership in Occupational Therapy, 3 Credit Hours
OTD7058 Leadership, Patient Advocacy, and Social Policy, 3 Credit Hours
Track B: 74 Credits
Prerequisite Competency Courses: 16 Credits
OTD6820 Occupational Therapy Perspectives in Diversity and Multiculturalism, 4 Credit Hours
OTD6821 Introduction to Research Methodologies and Evidence-Based Practice, 4 Credit Hours
OTD6822 Contemporary and Emerging Trends in Occupational Therapy and the Health Care Industry, 4 Credit Hours
OTD6823 Perspective in Health Care Ethics, 4 Credit Hours
Core: 58 Credits
OTD7000 Introduction to Advanced Doctoral Studies, 3 Credit Hours
OTD7021 Historical Perspectives in Occupational Therapy, 3 Credit Hours
OTD7022 Introduction to Neuro-Occupations, 3 Credit Hours
OTD7023 Critical Analysis of Health Promotion and Healthcare Policy, 3 Credit Hours
OTD7025 Healthcare Management and Program Development, 3 Credit Hours
OTD7030 Multidisciplinary Integration of Occupation and Clinical Intervention, 3 Credit Hours
OTD7031 Research Methodologies and Inquiry, 4 Credit Hours
OTD7032 Clinical Doctoral Outcome Measures I, 4 Credit Hours
OTD7033 Clinical Doctoral Outcome Measures II, 4 Credit Hours
OTD7035 Professional Development in Advanced Scholarship and Practice I, 1 Credit Hour
OTD7036 Professional Development in Advanced Scholarship and Practice II, 1 Credit Hour
OTD7037 Professional Development in Advanced Scholarship and Practice III, 1 Credit Hour
OTD7039 Critical Analysis of Occupational Therapy Practice, 4 Credit Hours
OTD7040 Critical Analysis of Capstone Project Trajectory I, 1 Credit Hour
OTD7041 Critical Analysis of Capstone Project Trajectory II, 1 Credit Hour
OTD7042 Critical Analysis of Capstone Project Trajectory III, 1 Credit Hour
OTD7043 Critical Analysis of Capstone Project Trajectory IV, 1 Credit Hour
OTD7044 Critical Analysis of Capstone Project Trajectory V, 1 Credit Hour
OTD7045 Critical Analysis of Capstone Project Trajectory VI, 1 Credit Hour
OTD7046 Critical Analysis of Capstone Project Trajectory VII, 1 Credit Hour
OTD7047 Advanced Clinical and Professional Ethics, 4 Credit Hours
OTD7050 Critical Analysis of Capstone Project with Presentation, 4 Credit Hours
Elective Courses: Select Two
OTD7051 Educational Theory and Practice, 3 Credit Hours
OTD7052 The American Professorate: A Faculty Perspective, 3 Credit Hours
OTD7053 Emerging Issues in Advanced Geriatric Practice, 3 Credit Hours
OTD7054 Current Topics in Pediatric Intervention and Practice, 3 Credit Hours
OTD7055 Current Topics in Behavioral Health Intervention, 3 Credit Hours
OTD7056 Current Topics in Adult Rehabilitation Intervention, 3 Credit Hours
OTD7057 Exploration of Leadership in Occupational Therapy, 3 Credit Hours
OTD7058 Leadership, Patient Advocacy, and Social Policy, 3 Credit Hours
Note(s):

South University, Online Program offerings may not be available to residents of all states.  Please contact an admissions representative for further information.

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