Educational Programs at VCU Department of Occupational Therapy
VCU offers an entry-level Occupational Therapy Doctorate Program designed for persons who have a bachelor's degree. This 9 semester, 3-year, fulltime, face-to-face professional program includes 104 graduate credits of academic courses, six months of fulltime fieldwork experiences, and a semester-long doctoral practicum.
Ph.D. in Health Related Sciences, Distance Education Program, College of Health Professions, OT Concentration
The Doctoral (Ph.D.) Program in Health Related Sciences will provide experienced health professionals with advanced knowledge and skills so that they may assume positions in teaching, research and administration upon graduation. It offers a curriculum with an interdisciplinary core of courses with specialty tracks in Clinical Laboratory Sciences, Gerontology, Health Administration, Nurse Anesthesia, Occupational Therapy, Patient Counseling, Physical Therapy, Radiation Sciences and Rehabilitation Leadership. The program emphasizes use of distance learning technologies combined with traditional didactic methods. The curriculum is relevant, timely and meaningful to a multidisciplinary cohort of students.
The mission of the Department of Occupational Therapy is to prepare highly qualified and motivated therapists to become leaders in the profession. We welcome applications from therapists with an earned master's degree and a strong desire to pursue an independent line of research in either an academic or clinical setting. Students will be assigned an advisor whose interest is aligned with theirs. Research interests of the Occupational Therapy faculty are diverse and focus on the needs of people with disabilities across the lifespan and range from basic science to clinical applications in medical and community settings. Please explore our departmental website to learn more about our faculty and their research interests.