Sep 18, 2021  
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog 
    
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog

Occupational Therapy, Post-professional, O.T.D.


The post-professional Doctorate of Occupational Therapy program is designed for occupational therapy clinicians who want to enhance their careers and be leaders in their profession. Students learn to apply evidence-based literature and add to the evidence, practicing at a heightened level of professional accountability. Students will directly relate current job experience to gain additional theoretical knowledge and clinical competence. With the individual attention from a variety of highly experienced clinicians, students will achieve a higher level of confidence and skill in their practice area.

Program Requirements


Students in the post-professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) program will complete 36 credits. All courses in the curriculum must be completed with a cumulative average of B or better. 

Personal health insurance is required for all students in this program. Students may select the university insurance coverage or a private company as long as the coverage meets that of the University policy.

Students are required to become members of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).

ACOTE and NBCOT:

The Doctor of Occupational Therapy program at the University of Southern Maine is seeking accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD, 20852-4929. The telephone number for ACOTE is (301) 652-AOTA, and their website is www.acoteonline.org. Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR) and will be eligible to practice. Most states require licensure in order to practice. In Maine, the license is based upon initial certification from the NBCOT certification examination. NBCOT is located at 12 South Summit Ave, Suite 100, Gaithersburg, MD 20877.

Program Policies


Time Limit:

The time limit for completion of the OTD program is dated from the date of first matriculation and ends at five years.

Grade Policy:

All courses in the occupational therapy curriculum must be completed with a minimum of B- (2.67) in order to carry graduate credit. If a student receives a grade below B-, the student must repeat the course in the next semester that it is offered. Because occupational therapy courses are not offered every semester, it may be necessary for the student to take a leave of absence from the program until the required course is offered again. A student is only permitted to repeat one course. If a student receives a grade below B- in a second course, he or she may be dismissed from the program.

Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 in each semester in order to progress in the program. A student whose grade point average falls below a 3.0 in any semester will be placed on academic probation and will have one semester to bring the grade point average up to at least a 3.0. Students who fail to do this may be dismissed from the program. A student may not be placed on probation more than once.

Transfer Policy:

The Doctor of Occupational Therapy program abides by the University of Southern Maine transfer policy as outlined in the graduate catalog. Students may transfer a maximum of 6 credits from a MOT degree or from another OTD program. In addition, all transfer courses must be evaluated by the OTD Program Director to determine whether they meet the content requirements of the appropriate ACOTE standards. Only those courses that meet the standards will be accepted for transfer.