The Doctor of Science in Occupational Therapy (DScOT) prepares clinicians to be practice scholars who teach both in higher education and the clinic, to be leaders and agents of change in healthcare, and conduct applied research. This degree combines the scientific study of human occupation, in conjunction with education and leadership to create a holistic view of the relationship between occupations, occupational beings, health, and everyday life experiences. Most of the core courses are taken with other health professions students, creating a rich interdisciplinary perspective. The main focus of the program is to empower clinicians to become educators and leaders who integrate the science of occupational participation and engagement into communities, corporations, and academics. The overarching goal is to develop therapists who have a personal interest and commitment to the growth of the profession, research, and education.
The DScOT is an advanced degree uniquely designed to cater to the needs of master's or doctoral trained occupational therapists. The curriculum is feasible for full-time or part-time students, allowing flexibility to meet each individual’s work/life balance needs. The program can be paced from 3 to 5 years. Graduates of the DScOT program are primed for teaching in a university setting, contributing to scholarly research, as well as leading the profession in evidence-based clinical practice.
Delivery: This program is delivered in an interactive online format with some required on-campus intensives for students entering with a Bachelor's or Master's degree.