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OTD Central Themes



The Doctorate of Occupational Therapy Program at Belmont University is designed to help you develop expertise across four central themes: Faith-based Advocacy; Clinical Excellence; Entrepreneurial Leadership; and Technological Advancements.

Today’s healthcare and wellness initiatives require occupational therapists to be well equipped to meet the diverse needs of their consumers and evolving industries. As leaders in the profession, you will be called upon to help shape the profession, to help design and deliver programs, to create new innovations, and to build on current practice.

This program will take you from a generalist skill level to an area of advanced practice of your choosing. Your educational journey starts out with a cohort of OT classmates and faculty that supplement your learning. The fieldwork coordinator works closely with you to select the best fieldwork I and II settings to integrate classroom learning with clinical skill development. The advance practice selection will be guided through faculty, fieldwork coordinator, and supervisors input as well as an expert mentor that will work closely with you during your residency or experiential component after all coursework is completed.

Faith-based Advocacy
- Advocate for profession and consumer
- Spirituality

- Diversity: clients, OT practitioners,
     cultural awareness

- Community Service and Learning
- OT without Borders

- Participation
- Quality of Life across the Lifespan
- Missionary work as OTs
- Health and wellbeing
- Effectiveness and efficiency
     in service delivery
- Engagement in meaningful occupation
- Population based approaches
- Continuum of need –
     individual to populations
- Qualitative Research
Entrepreneurial Leadership
- Healthcare Policy
- Global and Community Networks
- Marketing
- Program Development
- Organizational Initiatives
- Ethical standards, values and attitudes
- Consultant
- Management and administration
- Theory Development
- Grant writing
   
Clinical Excellence in Practice
- Occupation based
- Evidenced based practice
- Direct Care Provider
- Clinical Researcher
- Educator
- Life long learner
- Theoretical foundation
- Health and Wellness across the
     Lifespan: pediatrics, adulthood,
     to aging
- Diverse clinical settings:
     hospitals (acute, rehab, specialty),
     clinics (IPD, OPD),  LTC, schools,
     daycares (child and adult); prisons
- Physical Agent Modalities
- Certification – LEND, PAMS,
     prep work for specialty areas
- Private Practice
- Quality outcomes for clients

Emerging Areas of Practice:

- Psychosocial Needs of Children
     and Youth
- Design and Accessibility Consulting
     and Home Modification
- Driver Rehabilitation and Training
- Ergonomics Consulting
- Health and Wellness Consulting
- Low Vision Services
- Private Practice Community
     Health Services
- Technology and Assistive Device
- Development and Consulting
- Ticket to Work Services
- Welfare to Work Services
Technological Advancements
- Assistive Technology – design to
     fabrication to implementation
- Low vision
- Cognition
- Driving
- Home, school, and work modifications
     – universal design, aging in place
- Community design for integration -
     Electronic Aids to Daily Living (EADLs)
- Physical Agent Modalities (PAMs)
- Web based learning
- Creativity
- Databases and search engines
- Research
- Evidenced Based Practice

School of Occupational Therapy
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