practice areas, our graduates will be
equipped to contribute to the global
Western New England University is
launching the only entry-level doctoral
degree in occupational therapy in
In our doctoral program, a master’s
degree is not required—students go
directly to earning a doctorate degree.
Those applying to the program must
have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and a minimum GPA
of 3.0, among other requirements. Students with degrees in any undergraduate
major will be considered, however, all
applicants will be required to successfully complete our prerequisite coursework prior to admission.
“Our program will graduate practi-tioner-scholars who are ready to lead,
and ready to contemplate the options
of clinical practice, administration of a
department, or academic work in higher
education,” says Dr. Dow-Royer.
Students pursuing the OTD to become
practitioners rather than a master’s degree, won’t just take more courses. They
also will have the opportunity to acquire
a depth of knowledge about occupational therapy that is guided by research
evidence and applied critical thinking.
The experiential component of the
doctoral program also differs markedly
from traditional fieldwork. In the OTD
program, there are two levels of on-site
practice experience (i.e. Level I & Level
The program includes a Doctoral Experiential Residency. What is exciting
about this customized doctoral experiential is that it exposes students to learning
experiences framed around the concept
of interprofessional practice with options
for completing a project based upon
advanced practice, policy development,
advocacy concerns, education, administration, or leadership.
A COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE IN
A CHANGING JOB MARKET
“Because graduates of OTD programs
will have more to offer, they will be more
in demand in a competitive job market.
In addition, salary differentials in workplaces that are based upon highest
degree earned will benefit those with
an OTD degree,” says Dr. Dow-Royer.
CANDIDACY STATUS GRANTED
The entry-level Doctor of Occupational
Therapy program has been granted candidacy status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education
(ACOTE) of the American Occupational
Therapy Association (AOTA).
Learn more about this
exciting new opportunity
The OTD program is a three-year
program completed over 9 consecutive semesters, including summer
sessions. The 109-credit curriculum
• Level I Fieldwork (75-150 hours)
• Level II Fieldwork (960 hours)
• Doctoral Experiential Residency
Graduates of the program will be
• evaluate patient/client needs
and limitations using a variety
of screening and assessment
tools and outcomes measures;
• design interventions using
medical and technological
equipment/materials, as well
as evidence-based therapeutic,
behavioral, or educational
techniques or strategies;
• adapt home, school, work, or
leisure living environments using
the latest in adaptive design
principles, modification methods,
and assistive technology
• conduct needs assessments and
develop/evaluate programs to
improve client care in healthcare
• develop research proposals
and conduct scholarly projects
that further a convergence of
interprofessional education and
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