What to Expect

Thinking about joining our program? Find out what you can expect as a student at UIC

Our entry-level occupational therapy doctorate is a full-time (8 continuous semesters, 110 credits total), 2 year and 9-month program consisting of in-person classes, community-based and clinical fieldwork, and a capstone project and experience.  No electives are required.

Accreditation

UIC’s entry-level OTD degree program has been granted Candidacy Status for accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). Consistent with ACOTE policy, the program must have a preaccreditation review, complete an on-site evaluation and be granted Accreditation Status before its graduates are 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).

ACOTE is located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. Its telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-2682 and its web site is www.acoteonline.org.

Certification

Following graduation and successful completion of the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) exam, each graduate will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT certification examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

Here’s where it all starts.

Check out our full list of course descriptions here.

Check out our detailed curriculum roadmap with contact hours here.

UIC’s Disability Resource Center (DRC) ensures the rights of college students with disabilities to have full and equal access to their college experience. DRC staff members do so by working one-on-one with students to identify barriers in the campus environment and to create a plan of reasonable accommodations that removes those barriers. Any student with a documented disability can register with the DRC. DRC services are completely free and do not require U.S. citizenship or a Social Security Number.

All prospective students are asked to review the Technical Standards provided via the link below. The Technical Standards describe the performance abilities and characteristics that are necessary to successfully complete the requirements of the E-OTD curriculum and provide effective and safe health care. Students matriculating into the E-OTD program and seeking reasonable accommodations due to a disability or wanting to explore the accommodation options at UIC are asked to contact the Disability Resource Center (DRC) in advance of the Fall 1 semester. To set up or explore accommodations, complete the  steps described on the DRC website: https://drc.uic.edu/students-2/new-to-drc/. The steps involve completing the online Student Registration Form and calling the DRC at (312) 413-2183 to schedule an intake appointment.

Each course utilizes the Blackboard Learning Management System to support course delivery.  Please refer to the Before You Apply page under the “Required Technological Competencies” section to learn more about the required competencies for the distance education components of the entry-level OTD program.

  • UIC’s Entry-level OTD Curriculum

Our curriculum includes 28 courses, 12 of which are taught in a block format. The block courses offered in a given semester are delivered sequentially, meaning that students take one block course at a time.  Block courses typically meet for 12 hours per week for two to eight weeks.

Courses

OT 600Introductory Occupational Therapy Knowledge and Skills3 credits
OT 601Communication and Therapeutic Relationships2 credits
OT 602Client-Centered Practice Using Occupation-Focused Models2 credits
OT 603Occupational Development Across the Lifespan4 credits
OT 604Fieldwork Level I-A1 credit
OT 605Professional Development and Leadership 12 credits
OT 607Research Foundations for Evidence-based Practice 1: Examining Client Factors and Interventions2 credits

Cadaver Lab

If you need to take a cadaver lab, you’ll take KN 494 (Anatomy Lab for OT Students) as well. KN 494 begins in the fall semester and concludes in the spring.

 

Opportunities

Student participation and attendance at national and local conferences and professional events is encouraged.  All graduate and professional students in the department including MS students, entry-level OTD, Doctor of Occupational Therapy, and PhD students are eligible to apply for a Student Travel Award. To be eligible for a travel award, students must be registered in any of the above OT academic programs when they apply and must complete an application.  More details will be provided at the start of the semester.

Courses

OT 610Integrating Conceptual Practice Models with the OT Process2 credits
OT 611Occupational Performance and Participation: Evaluation4 credits
OT 612Occupational Performance & Participation: Outcomes and Interventions 16 credits
OT 615Professional Development and Leadership 22 credits
OT 617Research Foundations for Evidence-Based Practice 2: Evaluating and Understanding Clients in Context2 credits

Opportunities

Courses

OT 624Policy, Payment, Advocacy and Access to Occupational Therapy3 credits
OT 626Population Health and Community Participation2 credits
OT 628Group Theory and Process1 credit
OT 629Fieldwork Level I-B1 credit

Courses

OT 630Occupational Therapy Process: Application 1 3 credits
OT 631Occupational Performance and Participation: Outcomes and Interventions 24 credits
OT 632Occupational Performance and Participation: Outcomes and Interventions 34 credits
OT 635Professional Development and Leadership 31 credit
OT 636Research Foundations for Evidence-based Practice 3: Knowledge Synthesis for Clinical Practice2 credits
OT 637Research Foundations for Evidence-based Practice 4: Assessing Community Needs and Evaluating Programs1 credit

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Courses

OT 647Fieldwork Level I-C1 credit
OT 648Fieldwork Level I-D1 credit
OT 640OT Process: Application 23 credits
OT 641Occupational Performance & Participation: Outcomes and Interventions 42 credits
OT 645Professional Development and Leadership 41 credit
OT 646Research Foundations for Evidence-based Practice 5: Knowledge Translation and Health Communications1 credit
OT 649Fieldwork Level II-A: Part 16 credits
OT 695Scholarship of Practice Proseminar1 credit

Opportunities

Courses

OT 650Fieldwork Level II-A: Part 26 credits
OT 654Best Practices in Management and Program Development 3 credits
OT 655Professional Development and Leadership 5 1 credit

Courses

OT 690Capstone Seminar1 credit
OT 668Capstone Project 11 credit
OT 669Fieldwork Level II-B12 credits

Opportunities

Courses

OT 678Capstone Project 22 credits
OT 679Capstone Experience14 credits

Opportunities