KGI’s innovative OTD curriculum is based on an integrative and systems approach, with occupation as the core subject to prepare students for the future of practice. KGI specializes in active learning, and our OTD students will experience a wide range of hands-on, engaged teaching and learning strategies with ample time to work in labs and on teams. We understand that key concepts can apply across all practice settings, and we have created curricular threads that will stream throughout the program.

KGI’s OTD curricular threads include:

  1. Occupation as change agent and healing modality  
  2. Optimized service delivery based on skilled professionals reasoning and evolving theory
  3. Innovations in practice   
  4. Research, evidence, and scholarship
  5. Lifestyle medicine for whole person care
  6. Cultural responsiveness
  7. Professional identity, leadership, and life-long learning

In all five trimesters of didactic instruction, core courses addressing the occupational therapy process of framing and evaluation and intervention and outcomes will form an important core for working with pediatric, adult, and older adult clients. All evaluation and intervention courses will be matched up with robust fieldwork experiences to prepare students for practice. A range of elective offerings will allow students to explore and specialize in chosen areas of interest.

At KGI, we believe that innovators start here, and our OTD curriculum will train students to address real-world needs. Courses in leadership, advocacy, innovation, entrepreneurship, ethics, policy, and teaching will help prepare our students to be change agents wherever they practice. Research and evidence courses spanning three trimesters will provide the opportunity for students to conduct original research with a group of students and close faculty mentorship. These learning experiences, along with the strong clinical training courses, will prepare graduates for a distinguished career path of their choosing.

Our program learning outcomes for graduates include:

  1. Provide client-centered care with occupation as primary therapeutic agent.
  2. Analyze and conduct research to advance the profession and develop as a scholar of practice.
  3. Demonstrate professional reasoning based on evidence, science, theory, and process to achieve therapeutic outcomes.
  4. Enact the skills of professionalism, ethics, and life-long learning as foundations for professional identity and therapeutic use of self.
  5. Implement and advocate for health promotion and prevention services to address society’s current and future occupational needs.
  6. Act with cultural responsiveness to address systemic and occupational injustices for individuals, communities, or populations by advocating for equitable access and inclusion.
  7. Serve as leaders to advance the occupational therapy profession through innovation, inquiry, and advocacy.

Required Courses List

Fall Year 1 (18.5 Credits)

Course Number
Course Name
Credit(s)
Instructor(s)
Foundations of Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science
3.0
Lifestyle, Health Equity, and Occupational Justice
2.0
Anatomy, Physiology, and Movement for Occupational Participation
4.5
Psychosocial OT: Framing and Evaluation
2.5
Psychosocial OT: Intervention and Outcomes
3.0
Introduction to Fieldwork and Capstone
2.0
Fieldwork Level I A
1.0

Spring Year 1 (19.0 Credits)

Course Number
Course Name
Credit(s)
Instructor(s)
Neuroscience for Occupational Participation
4.0
Neuroscience for Occupational Participation
3.0
Therapeutic Use of Occupation
2.0
Adult and Older Adult Occupational Therapy I: Framing and Evaluation
3.0
Adult and Older Adult Occupational Therapy I: Interventions and Outcomes
3.0
Research and Evidence in Occupational Therapy Practice I
3.0
Fieldwork Level IB
1.0

Summer Year 1 (13.0 Credits)

Course Number
Course Name
Credit(s)
Instructor(s)
Adult and Older Adult Occupational Therapy II: Framing and Evaluation
3.0
Adult and Older Adult Occupational Therapy II: Intervention and Outcomes
3.0
Research and Evidence in Occupational Therapy Practice II
3.0
Fieldwork Level I C
1.0
Capstone Exploration
3.0

Fall Year 2 (17.5 Credits)

Course Number
Course Name
Credit(s)
Instructor(s)
Advocacy, Policy, and Ethics
1.5
Pharmacotherapeutics for Occupational Participation
1.5
Practitioner as Educator
1.5
Pediatric Occupational Therapy I: Framing and Evaluation
3.0
Pediatric Occupational Therapy I: Intervention and Outcomes
3.0
Research and Evidence in Occupational Therapy Practice III
3.0
Contemporary Approaches to Leadership and Management
1.5
Fieldwork Level I D
1.0
Electives
1.5

Spring Year 2 (17.5 Credits)

Course Number
Course Name
Credit(s)
Instructor(s)
Lifestyle Medicine in Occupational Therapy
3.0
Assistive Technology and Innovation for Everyday Life
3.0
Pediatric Occupational Therapy II: Framing and Evaluation
3.0
Pediatric Occupational Therapy II: Intervention and Outcomes
3.0
Fieldwork Level IE
0.5
Fieldwork Level IF
1.0
Capstone Development
2.5
Electives
1.5

Summer Year 2 (12.5 Credits)

Course Number
Course Name
Credit(s)
Instructor(s)
Fieldwork Level IIA
12
Fieldwork Seminar
0.5

Fall Year 3 (14.0 Credits)

Course Number
Course Name
Credit(s)
Instructor(s)
Occupational Therapy Professional Transitions
2.0
Level IIB Fieldwork
12.0

Spring Year 3 (16.0 Credits)

Course Number
Course Name
Credit(s)
Instructor(s)
Doctoral Capstone Experience
14.0
Capstone Project
2.0

 

Total Program Units = 128 (131)
Total Didactic Units = 89 (92)