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Occupational Therapy O.T.D.

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    Occupational Therapy O.T.D.

    Join a network of professionals who work together to care for patients, serve communities and change lives. The Alaska distance pathway of the University of Alaska Anchorage-Creighton University innovative O.T.D. program offers more than career training.

Explore the occupational therapy doctoral degree program at the University of Alaska Anchorage

Addressing Alaska’s growing need for health care service providers, the collaborative UAA/CU occupational therapy program allows you to earn a clinical O.T.D. while residing in Anchorage. Employers value the clinical training, interpersonal skills and professionalism of UAA/CU O.T.D. alumni.

O.T.D. scholarships and financial aid
Apply for financial aid through Creighton University, as well as academic and research scholarships from private funders such as the American Occupational Therapy Foundation, Mat-Su Health Foundation, Office of Children’s Services Early Intervention Infant Learning Program, and AfterCollege and Renown Health.

Creighton University
The Creighton University O.T.D. graduate program was ranked #25 in the country by U.S. News and World Report in 2017. In partnership with CU, UAA offers the same high-quality education and materials in Anchorage. The bonus is the Alaska distance pathway provides a dynamic environment with diverse communities, unique learning experiences and exciting outdoor activities.

Distance education and online classes
The hybrid format of the UAA/CU collaborative program in occupational therapy offers flexibility and options to complete coursework at times and locations that fit your needs.

Student advising and support
An academic program director, dedicated faculty and additional academic resources support you on your path to successfully earn your clinical doctorate.

Occupational Therapy O.T.D.

Degree Type:

  • Doctoral

Program Length: Four Years

Availability:Anchorage campus

Accredited by: Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education

Did you know..

The partnership between UAA and Creighton University created the first hybrid, clinical occupational therapy doctorate program in the country. What started 10 years ago as a pilot program is now a model of OT distance education.

What can you do with an occupational therapy doctoral degree from UAA?

As an entry-level occupational therapist, you could work in a variety of settings, from private therapy clinics to infant learning programs to public healthcare systems.

O.T.D. careers
UAA/CU alumni from the Alaska distance pathway are employed across Alaska at facilities, clinics and organizations such as these:

  • Providence Health Care system
  • Alaska Native Medical Center
  • Alaska Regional Hospital
  • Anchorage School District

By the numbers..

The national licensure exam pass rate throughout the UAA/CU O.T.D. program’s history.
UAA/CU O.T.D. Program
The median annual wage for occupational therapists.
AOTA Salary and Workforce Survey

Occupational therapy doctoral degree program highlights

With a focus on patient care, values-centered teaching and community service, the UAA/CU collaborative graduate program in occupational therapy prepares emerging practitioners and clinicians with hands-on experience in the field.

  • Complete two, three-month clinical internship rotations. Arranged through the Creighton University Office of Clinical Education, clinical opportunities include international sites in South Korea, England, China, Sri Lanka, Costa Rica, Scotland, Chile, the Dominican Republic and other developing countries.
  • Gain a new perspective by working with health care professionals from a different culture. Cross-cultural experiences are available with the Occupational Therapy Institute for Latin American Concern program in the Dominican Republic, which focuses on providing occupational therapy education and treatment, and the China Honors Immersion Program, which promotes international collaboration in health science and medicine.
  • Conduct substantial research on a topic you’re interested in with guidance from a faculty mentor. Graduate students in the Alaska Pathway of the UAA/CU clinical doctorate program often lead research projects specific to Alaska populations and the needs of local community partners.
  • Design your own Doctoral Experiential Component (DEC). Guided by a faculty mentor, the DEC is a self-directed learning and research opportunity to explore clinical areas you’re interested in or to gain additional expertise in a clinical practice setting.
  • Learn from nationally and internationally known clinicians and researchers in the field. Their specialties include mental health, pediatric occupational therapy, hand/orthopedic rehabilitation, acute care occupational therapy, inpatient rehabilitation and outpatient rehabilitation. Faculty have authored academic textbooks and journal articles, presented at national and international conferences and served in the American Occupational Therapy Association and other professional organizations.

Amazing stories from occupational therapy alumni

The UAA/Creighton clinical doctorate program really pushed me to think creatively for interventions and gave me a great foundation of skills that will benefit me in any setting. The program has fieldwork contracts around the country and offers opportunities to work abroad. Additionally, I was able to meet some non-traditional students who were on a second career like me, so it was comforting to know I wouldn’t be alone in that category. The students at UAA/Creighton are of a very high caliber and are well-respected in the field. I love studying at UAA/Creighton

Amy Beribak
O.T.D. Occupational Therapy
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Use facilities that are up to date with the most current treatment techniques in occupational therapy. The UAA Anatomy Lab, plus a dedicated lab space for clinical and experiential training and education, provides access to the same equipment and technology that is available on the CU campus in Omaha.

A diverse group of students studying

UAA hosts an active chapter of the Creighton University Occupational Therapy Student Association, which organizes and leads service projects, invites professional occupational therapists to campus for networking and participates in local events such as the Special Olympics Polar Plunge.

Occupational therapy doctoral degree program curriculum

With an interprofessional approach to health care, the UAA/CU occupational therapy doctorate program combines online classes, on-campus lab clinics, field experiences and service learning.

You will use a variety of technologies to enhance the online classroom learning experience and have opportunities to connect with the Anchorage community.

Top classes in the occupational therapy doctoral degree program

  • Gain knowledge and skills in assessment and intervention, including orthotic selection and fabrication, with emphases in occupational engagement and continuum of care in Upper Extremity Evaluation and Intervention.
  • Learn how anatomy is related to and influences occupational performance and how to better assess and design effective treatment interventions by dissecting human cadavers in Clinical Anatomy Laboratory.
  • Critically examine economic, political and professional forces, as well as cultural and social values, and apply advocacy skills to promote the profession and the just treatment of people with disabilities in Disability and Health Care Policy.