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Post Professional Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) Degree Program Director: Michele Karnes, Ed.D., M.S., OTR


The mission of the post-professional Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) program is to enable occupational therapists in any practice area to develop roles and skills beyond that of the therapist-clinician. Our program supports their development toward practitioner-scholars who can translate knowledge, including crossdisciplinary theories and research, into practice, and who are capable of serving as change agents in new and expanded arenas within the field of occupational therapy . The post-professional OTD curriculum is designed to prepare practicing occupational therapists to become advanced practitioners capable of serving as evidence-based leaders. The capstone component is an integral part of the program. It is designed to develop occupational therapists with advanced knowledge/skills in one of the following eight areas: clinical practice, research skills, administration, leadership, program and policy development, advocacy, education, or theory development. With a keen understanding of the responsibilities of the practicing occupational therapist that holds a master’s degree, this mission is accomplished by offering a two-year, part-time online program. It combines web-based instruction with a one-time campus visit to present the Capstone to faculty and students.


The Office of Graduate Admissions and the Occupational Therapy Doctorate Department receives and reviews applications for the post-professional OTD program on a monthly basis. The electronic application can be located at After completion of the application, candidates are required to submit supplemental materials to the Office of Graduate Admissions. This includes, but is not limited to, the following information: academic transcripts, OT licensure, AOTA national and state membership, curriculum vitae/resume, and references. Complete application instructions can be found at the


Acceptance requirements into the Post-Professional Occupational Therapy Doctorate program will be based on the following:

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Completed master’s degree (Occupational Therapy) Minimum graduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale Active licensed as an OT (in the state they practice) AOTA & state OT organization membership Official transcript of completed master’s degree Curriculum vitae or professional resume Personal statement of professional and educational goals Three professional references Phone interview Completed graduate studies application


Gannon’s Online Engagement Coordinator facilitates our online new student orientations, implements strategies to ensure that online students are active in their online courses, and provides general online student support through a variety of high-touch methods to engage students and support student retention efforts. Gannon online students can reach out to our Office of Distance Education with general questions about online learning or how to remotely access Gannon’s comprehensive student services.


The post-professional Occupational Therapy Doctorate is a doctoral degree which is awarded upon the successful completion of the following 34 credits: Summer I – Total credits 6 DOCCT 900 Applied Research in Clinical Practice 3 DOCCT 903 Advanced Occupations 3 Fall I – Total credits DOCCT 905 Capstone 1 DOCCT 844 Community Based Interventions

5 2 3

Spring I – Total credits DOCCT 906 Capstone 2 DOCCT 873 Emerging Models of Practice in OT

5 2 3

Summer II – Total credits DOCCT 910 Advanced Leadership and Ethics DOCCT 912 Reasoning and Evidenced-Based Practice

6 3 3

Fall II – Total credits DOCCT 916 Analysis of Policy and Change in OT DOCCT 918 Teaching in Practice and Community

6 3 3

Spring II – Total credits DOCCT 907 Capstone Project DOCCT 871 Entrepreneurial Management Practice in OT Total Credits

6 3 3 34

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Gannon University Graduate Catalog 2018-2019  

Gannon University Graduate Catalog 2018-2019