The OTD program is full time, and most classes will take place every day of the week. Most class time will occur on campus, with approximately 20% of the curriculum being delivered online. Class time will be spent in a variety of ways: interactive activities, discussions, lectures, student presentations, hands-on utilization of equipment and skills, simulations, problem-based learning, and service learning. The “classroom” includes the traditional classroom, simulations, on-campus clinic, and community-based settings. Faculty use a variety of educational methodologies, including traditional lecture, seminars, case-based and problem-based learning, on-line modules, laboratory, clinical simulation, standardized patient exercises, direct patient care, and service learning.
As a WesternU student, you will participate in extensive community-based clinical care experiences. You will learn how to meet the needs of the community through assessment, education, and preventive programs. In addition to formal service learning, you will gain important experience through the study clubs and student organizations on campus.
It is strongly suggested that OTD students be prepared to not work during their time at WesternU Oregon.