Ph.D. in Occupation and Rehabilitation Science

Ph.D. Program Curriculum

Course requirements include a minimum of 72 credits for each of the following options:

  1. Students enrolled in a continuous master’s in occupational therapy/Ph.D. program at CSU: 18 credits towards the CSU MS degree in occupational therapy will apply towards partial fulfillment of the required 72 hours.1
  2. Students who submit a previously earned master’s degree in a closely related field for partial fulfillment of the required 72 credits: Up to 30 credits may be accepted towards partial fulfillment. All potential credits accepted towards partial fulfillment of the requirements below must be approved by student’s committee, the department and the Graduate School. Additional transfer credits, not applied to a degree, must have been registered for and completed within the 10 years immediately preceding the date of completion of requirements for this Ph.D. degree.
  3. Students who earn an undergraduate degree and who do not submit a master’s degree in partial fulfillment of the required 72 credits: Up to 10 credits earned after the bachelor’s degree may be accepted for transfer. Only courses taken at a 500 level or higher will be considered. All potential credits accepted towards partial fulfillment of the requirements below must be approved by student’s committee, the department and the Graduate School.

All courses are offered on campus.

Occupation and Rehabilitation Science Core

CourseCreditTitleCourse Description
OT 6011 3 Occupation and Rehabilitation Science I Multidisciplinary perspectives on human performance and participation in everyday occupations.
OT 6411 3 Occupation and Rehabilitation Science II Explore historical evolution of topics and the link to future implications for and growth of occupation and rehabilitation science.
OT 701 3 Occupation and Rehabilitation Science III Investigation of the intersection of occupational science and rehabilitation science research situated in various paradigms.
OT 7922 6 Seminar Seminar

Research Core

CourseCreditTitleCourse Description
OT 6201,3 3 Research to Practice I or 3 credits qualitative research Critically evaluate qualitative and quantitative research processes pertaining to individuals.
OT 6401,3 3 Research to Practice II or 3 credits quantitative research Critically evaluate qualitative and quantitative research processes pertaining to groups and systems.
OT 6991 or
OT 786
9 Thesis or
Practicum
Individualized Research
3 Advanced quantitative or qualitative research Advanced quantitative or qualitative research with approval of committee from following departments/units: Human Development and Family Studies, Psychology, School of Education, Sociology, or Statistics.

Academic Career Core

CourseCreditTitleCourse Description
OT 710 3 Teaching Occupation and Rehab Science Design and implementation of teaching and learning philosophies and approaches in occupation and rehabilitation science contexts.
HDFS 592 or
equivalent course approved by advisor
3
Grant Writing-Human Services and Research
Writing grant proposals that support client services or for research.

Dissertation

CourseCreditTitleCourse Description
OT 799 15 Dissertation Dissertation

Electives

CourseCreditTitle
18-21 Credits selected with approval of committee from following Departments/units: Occupational Therapy, Anthropology, Biomedical Science, Computer Science, Human Development and Family Studies, Neurobiology, Psychology, School of Education, School of Social Work and Statistics.

1Students enrolled in the continuous MS/Ph.D. receive credit from their MS toward the Ph.D. for these courses.

2OT 792 will be taken two or more times for a total of 6 credits.

3Students may substitute 3 credits of qualitative research for OT 620 and 3 credits of quantitative research for OT 640 with approval of graduate committee and the department.