In the Occupational Therapy Program, you will learn how to improve the daily lives of your patients through responsive, compassionate, and evidence-based treatments. We're focused on providing you with the right balance of student-centered coursework and diverse clinical experiences to build your future as a key member of the healthcare team. Our caring faculty experts continue to practice in the field and are able to provide the education and mentorship you need to succeed as an occupational therapist in a wide-range of settings.
Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)
33 months, full-time
Occupational Therapy students are provided a number of different clinical experiences during the course of the program. Three Level I Fieldwork rotations are concurrent with the Practice courses (Children, Adults, Psychosocial) within the second year of the curriculum. Level II rotations are full-time for 12 weeks each during the second and third years of the curriculum, prior to the Doctoral Internship. The Doctoral Internship is a 16-week, full-time experience toward the end of the third year of the curriculum.
The total number of graduates from the Midwestern University Master of Occupational Therapy program during the 3-year period of 2012-2014 was 125 with an overall graduation rate of 98%.
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The three-year pass rate for the National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy Examination is 100%. Program results from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) can be found online at https://secure.nbcot.org/data/schoolstats.aspx
Occupational Therapists provide evaluation and intervention, education, consultation, management, wellness and prevention services. According to the American Occupational Therapy Association*, occupational therapists work in Skilled Nursing Facilities, Pediatrics, Rehabilitation, School Systems, Acute Care, Geriatrics, Home Health, Orthopedics, Mental health, OT Professional Education and/or Research.
*American Occupational Therapy Association, http://www.AOTA.org
Occupational Therapy is a registered and/or licensed profession in all 50 states. To become licensed to practice as an occupational therapist in most states (including Illinois), a student must graduate from an ACOTE-accredited or approved educational program and pass the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). Most states (including Illinois) require status as an occupational therapist registered (OTR) to become a licensed occupational therapist (OTR/L). A prior felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT Certification Exam or attain state licensure.
100% of the students who graduated obtained positions as occupational therapists.
Graduates obtain positions as occupational therapists within three months of completion.
Employment of occupational therapists is expected to increase 27 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the the average for all occupations. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Occupational Therapists, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/occupational-therapists.htm (visited May 18, 2016).
The median annual salary of occupational therapists was $80,150 in December, 2015. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Occupational Therapists, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/occupational-therapists.htm#tab-5, (visited May 18, 2016).
Individuals applying for admission to the College of Health Sciences Occupational Therapy Program must submit documentation for the following minimum requirements before the academic year commences for the incoming class:
Students must complete these courses with a grade of C or better; grades of C- are not acceptable:
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1The Anatomy and Physiology requirements may also be fulfilled by taking Anatomy and Physiology I and Anatomy and Physiology II, as some universities offer combined courses.
2Human Anatomy must be completed successfully within 5 years of admission to the Program. The lab component with cadaver experience is strongly recommended.
Additional courses in psychology, sociology, ethics, anthropology, logic, art, music, or drama are also recommended as part of the undergraduate preparation for the Occupational Therapy Program.
The Occupational Therapy Program was awarded Candidacy status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) in August, 2016; the Program will offer a curriculum leading to the Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) degree for qualified students which replaces the professionally accredited entry level master's degree that the program has awarded since 1995. The entry-level OTD curriculum is designed to deliver the academic and clinical education required to prepare students for their professional role as key members of the healthcare team, and as practice leaders in the healthcare delivery system. The curriculum for the Doctor of Occupational Therapy degree is a continuous, full-time program, extending 33 months from matriculation to graduation. The maximum allotted time for completion of this program is 49.5 months. It is also required that all Level II fieldwork and successful completion of a competency requirement be accomplished prior to the commencement of a 16-week, full-time doctoral internship. The general education, professional training, experience, and personal character development of occupational therapists uniquely prepare them to respond to and meet the needs of individuals who face challenges participating in their daily lives.
The Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program offers a balanced combination of foundational, experiential, research, and program development coursework designed to foster practice leaders who will meet the occupational needs of individuals and communities through compassionate, innovative, and evidence-informed practice. The Program will provide students with a thorough complement of coursework. Of the 160 required credits in the curriculum, approximately one-third are earned in foundational OT process and practice courses; one-third are focused on research, professional praxis, leadership and program development courses; and one-third of the credits are concentrated on experiential coursework. The strong curricular framework succeeds in preparing graduates who are able to enter the profession of occupational therapy and make a difference in the world.
The Occupational Therapy Program is open on a competitive admission basis to applicants who have received a baccalaureate degree in any field, but who have not completed an accredited Occupational Therapy program. The Program does not accept students who transfer from another Occupational Therapy program. The curriculum is designed to prepare entry-level practitioners to provide occupational therapy services in the home, community, and clinical practice settings that require independent judgment, leadership, and self-directed practice. The Program provides the foundation for graduates to identify and contribute to effecting solutions to excellence in healthcare for individuals of varied ages, diagnoses, and occupational challenges as well as influencing the academic and clinical education of future practitioners. The graduates of the Program will be practice leaders who are well-suited and prepared to make meaningful, ongoing contributions to society, healthcare, and the profession through leadership and collaborative efforts with others in occupational therapy and interprofessional education, practice and research.
Upon completion of the Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program, graduates are expected to:
These outcomes are accomplished through:
The Occupational Therapy Program will successfully teach out the Master of Occupational Therapy Class of 2018 while matriculating its inaugural Doctor of Occupational Therapy Class of 2020 during the 2016-2017 academic year.
The Midwestern University Occupational Therapy Program is pleased to announce a training program, Tiered Occupational Therapy (TOT): Preparing Scholars to Work in School Mental Health. The TOT is a federally-funded, one-year intensive training program designed to prepare highly qualified Doctoral-level OT scholars to work within school communities in Illinois to address the mental health needs of children and youth. Scholars admitted to the TOT program will receive a sizable stipend to off-set their education, and will agree to work in schools or early intervention for two years after graduation.
For more information about the TOT Program, please contact Lisa Mahaffey, PhD(c), OTR/L, FAOTA – TOT Project Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Midwestern University Occupational Therapy Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE's telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-6611, x2914 and its Web address is www.acoteonline.org.
Midwestern University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission/A Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC/NCA), 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1413.
Students on the Downers Grove Campus benefit from a safe and secure suburban learning environment. Located 25 miles west of Chicago, our beautiful gated campus features 105-acres of wooded land and provides students with excellent living and learning opportunities. In addition, the University maintains a strong record of campus safety and has earned several partnership and citizen awards from local fire and police departments.
At Midwestern University, the safety and security of all members of our academic community is a top priority. For more information about our campus safety statistics, visit the national Campus Safety and Security database at http://ope.ed.gov/security/index.aspx.
Diane Baldemor is a 2014 graduate of the Physical Therapy Program.
Safi Mohammed, College of Osteopathic Medicine (CCOM), Class of 2014.
Chessa Calabrese is a proud member of the inaugural class of the College of Dental Medicine-Illinois.
Phil Huang, D.O., is a 2012 graduate of the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Tolu Akinwale is a 2013 graduate in the Chicago College of Pharmacy, where he has learned to provide pharmaceutical care in a wide range of community and institutional settings.
Allison Rushing, D.P.T., is a 2012 graduate of the Physical Therapy Program on the Downers Grove Campus.
At age 11, I decided I wanted a career that would allow me to help others.
I cannot wait to be a practitioner who will be able to utilize my understanding of patients’ occupations in therapy in order to help them to live life to the fullest.