Why UM-Flint

The Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) program at the University of Michigan-Flint is expected to be granted candidacy status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) in the summer of 2018. Once full candidacy has been granted, we can begin to accept applications for the Fall 2019 semester. 

ON THE FOREFRONT

The University of Michigan-Flint is proud to have the first entry-level Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) in the state of Michigan. The OTD program is a professional (or clinical) doctorate, which is the highest level of academic preparation that an entry-level occupational therapist can obtain. Our program preparation for the entry-level OTD exceeds that of an entry-level master’s degree. Being on the forefront of this professional movement allows our students to be among the most coveted graduates regionally and nationally. 

INNOVATIVE CURRICULUM

The OTD program at UM-Flint utilizes a learner-centered teaching approach. Incorporating authentic educational activities and experiences, students build their confidence through active hands-on learning. Students also benefit from inter-professional education opportunities with our prestigious Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) and other health professional programs. Occupational therapy students are able to hone their patient-centered health care practices across disciplines by utilizing the vast experiences in labs, clinics, and community settings. 

THE MICHIGAN ADVANTAGE

The School of Health Professions and Studies at UM-Flint has a valuable partnership with Michigan Medicine in Ann Arbor. This connection allows our students access and opportunities with highly skilled occupational therapy clinicians, and researchers. Guest lectures, clinical placements, and work-shops give our students the skills they need to specialize in areas such as spinal cord injuries, stroke, amputations, lymphedema, complications of cancer treatment, and many more. 

CURRICULUM FORMAT

Classes are structured so that students have a variety of ways to learn. Traditional classroom styles feature faculty and guest lectures, state-of-the-art lab work, and collaborative group activities.

DOCTORAL CAPSTONE PROJECT

Students will complete a capstone experience and project in collaboration with clinical and community partners. The capstone project includes an in-depth experience in one or more of the following areas of focus:

  • Administration
  • Advocacy
  • Clinical practice skills
  • Education
  • Leadership
  • Program and policy development
  • Research skills
  • Theory development
PROGRAM VISION

The OTD program’s goal is to prepare culturally competent, evidence-based practitioners to be visionaries and leaders in the profession of Occupational Therapy both locally and abroad.

FIRST COHORT EXPECTED TO BE ADMITTED FOR THE FALL 2019 SEMESTER

 

Courses

The Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) program at the University of Michigan-Flint is expected to be granted candidacy status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) in the summer of 2018. Once full candidacy has been granted, we can begin to accept applications for the Fall 2019 semester. 

Courses for the Doctor of Occupational Therapy are in the final stages of review. They will be listed soon. 

Admission

The Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) program at the University of Michigan-Flint is expected to be granted candidacy status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) in the summer of 2018. Once full candidacy has been granted, we can begin to accept applications for the Fall 2019 semester. 

Eligibility

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • GPA minimums:
    • 3.0 GPA or higher in the undergraduate degree
    • 3.0 undergraduate GPA in all prerequisite courses (items below noted with “*”)
    • 2.75 undergraduate GPA in all science prerequisite courses (items below noted with “#”)
  • Completion of prerequisite courses from an accredited institution with an equivalent grade of ‘C’ or better in each course:
    • 4 credits Biology with labs (no Botany) # *
    • 4 credits Human Anatomy with lab # *
    • 4 credits Human Physiology with lab (if a 5-6 credit combination Anatomy and Physiology class is taken, then course content needs review) # *
    • 3 credits Exercise Physiology or Biomechanics with lab # *
    • 3 credits Statistics *
    • 6 credits Psychology (general and developmental across life span) *
    • 1 credit Medical Terminology *
  • Prerequisite courses should be completed within 7 years of applying to the program; prerequisite courses taken more than 7 years prior will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
  • Updated First Aid and CPR certification: CPR certification must include infant, child, adult CPR with AED training for Healthcare Providers. In order to receive certification, actual hand on experience with mannequins is required (online coursework only is not accepted). This will need to be kept updated for each year in the program. Certification should be through the American Heart Association class “Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers” or through the American Red Cross class “CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Health Care Providers."

Applicants admitted to the OTD program must demonstrate that they possess the attributes necessary to succeed in a challenging curriculum as well as perform in the practice of occupational therapy. Essential and technical standards are the cognitive, emotional, behavioral, and physical abilities required for satisfactory completion of the OTD curriculum and development of professional attributes required of all students at graduation. While an applicant is not required to disclose the specifics of any disability, it is the applicant's responsibility to request reasonable accommodation if they cannot demonstrate these Essential and Technical Standards without accommodation.

Applying

The Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) program at the University of Michigan-Flint is expected to be granted candidacy status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) in the summer of 2018. Once full candidacy has been granted, we can begin to accept applications for the Fall 2019 semester.