Academic Catalog

Occupational Therapy Doctorate (O.T.D.)

Office: Room 2226 CPHS: 313-577-5884
Program Director: Doreen Head
Admissions Coordinator: Regina Parnell
Fieldwork Education Level I and II: Kim Banfill
Department Secretary: Genevieve Zidzik
Administrative Assistant: Raquel Burchett

The goal of the Occupational Therapy Doctorate (O.T.D.) program is to educate individuals to become occupational therapy health care professionals. It is designed as a 3-year program. Students must complete a bachelor's degree program prior to admission. Upon completion of the O.T.D. degree, students are eligible to sit for the national certification and examination procedures of the National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy.  A state License to practice is required after successful completion of the NBCOT certification examination.

Admission: Applicants must meet the admission standards of the Graduate School. Please contact the Occupational Therapy Program for further information.

Professional Program Admission: Applicants must apply for admission to the professional program, using the Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS) Application, and be formally admitted at the graduate level. All applicants must hold a minimum grade point average of 3.0 or above for the professional program.

The O.T.D. program requires 103 credits, all of which are taken within the O.T.D. program. The credits are divided as follows: 83 credits comprise the core courses on foundational knowledge and hands-on preparation for clinical practice. Twelve credit hours is for Level II (6 months) where students hone their therapeutic skills in clinical settings. Eight hours is for the Capstone Experiential, the final component of the program (14 weeks) when students design and implement a doctoral level project in the community or clinic.

BANFILL, KIMBERLY: M.O.T, B.S., Wayne State University; Assistant Professor

DIZAZZO-MILLER, ROSANNE: Ph.D., Nova Southeastern University; M.O.T., Eastern Michigan University; B.A., Adrian College; Associate Professor

HEAD, DOREEN P.: Ph.D., M.S., Wayne State University; B.S., Eastern Michigan University; Assistant Professor (Clinical) and Program Director

KIVLEN, CHRISTINE: M.S. in Occupational Therapy, Wayne State University; B.A. in Health Sciences, Wayne State University; Assistant Professor

LYSACK, CATHERINE L.: Ph.D., B.A., B.M.R., University of Manitoba; M.Sc., Queen's University; Professor

PANZA, GINO: Ph.D., George Mason University; M.A., Central Michigan University, B.A., Adrian College; Assistant Professor

PARNELL, REGINA: Ph.D., Wayne State University; M.S., Rush University; B.S., Loyola University; Clinical Assistant Professor

SAMUEL, PREETHY : Ph.D., Wayne State University; M.O.T., Loma Linda University; B.O.T., Christian Medical College; Associate Professor

TARRAF, WASSIM: Ph.D., M.B.A., Wayne State University; B.S., Lebanese American University; Assistant Professor

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