Clinical Experiences

Student are required to complete 6 months of off-campus clinical experience. Clinical sites are located across the state and the country. All students must be prepared to travel in order to complete their clinical experience, unless able to provide evidence that travel would be an economic or family hardship.

Clinical experiences provide students with the opportunity to put into action all that they have learned in the classroom. A variety of clinical sites are available ranging from hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, pediatric outpatient clinics, mental health settings, hand therapy clinics, substance abuse centers and many more.

Graduation Requirements

To earn the entry-level Doctor of Occupational Therapy degree, all students must meet the following requirements:

  1. Has satisfactorily completed a minimum of three years education in the OTD curriculum.
  2. Is not on probation, has completed all prescribed academic and clinical requirements and has a cumulative grade point average of above 2.80 and has no outstanding grade of “I,” “NCR” or “U”.
  3. Has demonstrated no serious deficiencies in ethical, professional, or personal conduct, as defined in Probation guidelines, which would make it inappropriate to award the degree of Doctor of Occupational Therapy.
  4. Successfully meet or exceed professional development expectations.
  5. Completion with a passing score of all Level II fieldwork, within 24 months of completion of didactic coursework.
  6. Completion of competency exam.
  7. Completion of a directed Capstone project and a project presentation.
  8. Completion of the Doctoral Experiential Component and Doctoral portfolio
  9. Participation in the NBCOT preparation workshop.
  10. Filing of all necessary graduation forms with the Registrar-Enrollment Services Office
  11. Has complied with all the legal and financial requirements of the University as stated in the University Catalog.
  12. Has attended in person and participated in the Commencement ceremony at which time the Occupational Therapy Doctorate degree is conferred. Unless special permission has been granted by the Dean, each student must participate in his or her respective commencement ceremony. If the Dean grants special permission for excusal from commencement, the graduate may be required to present himself or herself to the Dean or their designee at another specified date to take their profession’s oath before their diploma will be released. Requests for excusal will only be granted for extenuating circumstances, such as a prior military commitment.