What will I learn?

The dual degree of occupational therapy doctorate (OTD) and doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) in health education is designed to meet the growing need for occupational therapy faculty members who are prepared to conduct and mentor research. The graduates of the dual degree program will not only have the credentials, but also the skills required for successful careers in academia.

Learning Outcomes

PRACTICE: 1. Compare, contrast and evaluate models of practice and integrate them with the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework. 2. Examine the interactions between occupations, client factors, performance skills, performance patterns, and contexts and environments. 3/ Describe the relationship between human development and occupation from a life span perspective. 4. Distinguish the relationships between wellness and occupation, identify at risk populations, and implement occupation-based interventions to enhance wellness and prevent disease. 5. Investigate and grade the demands of an occupation, reflecting the specific body structures, body functions, performance skills, and performance patterns that are required to successfully engage in the occupation. 6. Interpret screening, assessment, and occupational profile data to evaluate client's occupational performance. 7. Interpret evaluation results to diagnose problems related to occupational performance and participation. 8. Illustrate collaboration with clients to develop individualized goals for occupational performance and implement interventions to achieve them. 9. Practice occupational therapy services consistent with client's needs and context, including reassessment and discharge. 10. Show how to effectively communicate and educate via written, oral, and non-verbal means, with clients, family members, significant others, team members, and the community at large. 11. Demonstrate therapeutic use of self, including personality, insights, perceptions, and judgments, as part of the therapeutic process. 12. Show how to effectively and professionally document all aspects of the occupational therapy process. 13. Recognize and apply codes, guidelines, polices, and standards of practice put forth by AOTA and regulatory bodies. 14. Apply accepted Practice Standards regarding supervision of and collaboration with occupational therapy assistants.
ADVOCACY: 15. Evaluate and judge the relevance of current socio-political, legal, economic, international, geographic, demographic, and health disparity issues and trends, including as they affect occupational therapy practice. 16. Justify, design, and engage in initiatives that meet society s occupational needs within existing organizations and through new, entrepreneurial services and programs (e.g., private practice) to move the profession of occupational therapy forward as an integral discipline in health care, human services, and education. 17. Apply principles of management, administration, and supervision (e.g., COTAs, students, other rehabilitation personnel, volunteers) into a personal framework for directing and developing occupational therapy services, personnel, and programs. 18. Choose, design, and implement teaching/learning experiences for a variety of audiences. 19. Practice in collaborative interprofessional practice to improve service delivery in complex systems and organizations. 20. Demonstrate advocacy efforts for clients and the profession to influence practice, legislation, policies, and reimbursement funding.

Which department am I in?

College of Health and Human Services

Study options

Full Time (Variable)

Tuition fees
US$12,948.60 per year
Tuition fee is for Fall & Spring (plateau 12-15 hours); For summer fee (plateau 9-11 hours): USD $9,711.45.
Start date

13 January 2022, 30 August 2022


University of Toledo

2801 West Bancroft Street,



43606, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have a Master of Science in nursing (M.S.N.) from an accredited college/university that is accredited by a nationally recognized body for nursing education accreditation is required for applicants to the M.S.N.-D.N.P. with 3.0 higher ed. GPA (unadjusted by grade deletion).

For international students

Students must have master’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university required. English Language Proficiency: TOEFL PBT - 550, TOEFL IBT equal to 80 or above, IELTS equal to 6.5 or above, PTE equal to 58 or above, Duolingo equal to 105 or above.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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