Department of Occupational Therapy

Post Professional

Doctor of Professional Studies

Through the Doctor of Professional Studies (D.P.S.) Program, students have the opportunity to advance their knowledge and critical thinking via coursework that builds a foundation of critical analysis, evidence-based practice, ethics, and theory. The D.P.S. prepares advanced, skilled occupational therapists to deliver, present, and collaborate with interdisciplinary professionals to provide high quality care. Students are offered two areas of advanced clinical specialization: pediatrics and upper quadrant.

Graduates of the program must complete 36 points of coursework and defend their professional portfolios. The program is designed for two years of full-time study. In the pediatrics specialization, students learn about the dimensions of occupational therapy practice in relation to: (1) social, cultural, and physical environments; (2) families, significant others, and caregivers; (3) and teams and their interactions. Students in the upper quadrant specialization study normal anatomy of the upper quadrant and clinical management of disorders, injuries, and illnesses of the upper quadrant.

Graduation requirements for the D.P.S. degree are (1) successful completion of 36 points of approved coursework with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00, (2) presentation and successful defense of evidence-based professional portfolio, (3) completion of all requirements for the D.P.S. within seven years. For complete descriptions of the courses listed below, see D.P.S. Courses in Occupational Therapy.

Department Core Courses (9 points)

Program Requirements (6 points)

Electives (6 points)

Students are required to complete six points of electives in related fields to support their studies. In addition to departmental selections, students may select electives from university-wide offerings. Electives are selected under Advisement. 

Clinical Specializations (12 points)

Occupational Therapy for Children specialization:
Upper Quadrant Disorder specialization:

Terminal Project (3 points)