8

Program Semesters

110

Credit hours

24

Weeks of full-time clinical experiences

14

Weeks of Capstone Experiental

Doctor of Occupational Therapy

Admissions

Degree Requirements

Applicants must complete a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution prior to starting the OTD program.

Prerequisite Courses

All applicants must complete each of the following prerequisites with a grade of “C” or better. Applicants may choose to repeat a course, however, the grades will be averaged and only the first retake will be used.

Course Lab Requirement Credit hours
General Chemistry YES 4
General Physics        YES 4
General Biology I    YES 4
Additional Biology (not plant based)    YES 4
Human Anatomy I/or A&P I       YES 4
Human Physiology with lab/or A&P II    YES 4
Pre-Calculus/trigonometry or higher        NO 3
Social Psychology/sociology NO 3
Abnormal Psychology        NO 3
Developmental Psychology    NO 3
Anthropology        NO 3
Speech Communication        NO 3
English Composition I and II    NO 3
Statistics (psychology/math/or science) NO 3

 

GPA requirements

Applicants must have a minimum prerequisite grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or greater on a 4.0 scale as well as an overall undergraduate GPA of at least a 3.0 or greater on a 4.0 scale.

Official Test Scores

All applicants must take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) within 5 years of the admission cycle. There is no minimum score required as these scores are considered along with other data in the application.

Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation are required with the application. One must be from a professor who can vouch for your academic ability to matriculate successfully through a graduate professional program. One letter must be from a licensed occupational therapist who can provide information about your professional demeanor, communication skills, and understanding of occupational therapy. One letter must be from clergy or member of the community (coach, mentor, former employer, etc.) that can provide information about your character, sincerity, and commitment to complete a graduate professional program.

Observations Hours

Applicants are required to complete a minimum of 50 clinical observation hours. The observation hours must occur in a minimum of at least 2 different settings (pediatrics, mental health, home health, acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient clinic, etc.)

Interview

Applicants are selected for interviews based on a holistic evaluation of their application and supporting materials. Submission of all required application material does not guarantee an interview.

Supplemental Application

In addition to the OTCAS application, applicants must complete the Supplemental Graduate Application and submit a $75.00 application fee directly to Faulkner University.

Additional Requirements

Community service activities and leadership activities will be considered along with other factors as part of a holistic admission process.

Application Checklist

Applying for Fall 2022:

  • Completed OTCAS application: Faulkner OTCAS Application
  • OTCAS application fee: pay online through OTCAS
  • Supplemental application: in addition to the OTCAS, applicants need to complete the Supplemental Graduate Application and submit $75.00 application fee directly to Faulkner University.
  • Official college transcripts: Submit all official college transcripts to OTCAS
  • Official GRE scores: submit official test scores to OTCAS using GRE Code ???
  • Verified observation hours
  • Letters of recommendation: three letters of recommendation

Additional OTD Information

If you want to learn more about the occupational therapy profession and licensure, please follow the links below:

 

The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE)

https://acoteonline.org

American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) 

http://www.aota.org

Alabama Occupational Therapy Association (ALOTA)

https://www.alota.org

Alabama State Board of Occupational Therapy 

https://www.ot.alabama.gov

**FAQ**

DPT FAQs (PDF)

Additional DPT Information

DPT Resources

Student Resources:

Download the DPT Student Handbook

If you want to learn more about the physical therapy profession, education, licensure and more please follow the links below:

Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
http://www.capteonline.org/home.aspx

American Physical Therapy Association
http://www.apta.org/

Alabama Physical Therapy Association
https://www.ptalabama.org/

Alabama Board of Physical Therapy
http://pt.alabama.gov/

Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy
https://www.fsbpt.org/

Graduate Outcomes

Information regarding graduation, employment, and licensure pass rates will be posted here once the program graduates its first class.

Essential Functions

Each applicant is required to fill the Essential Functions Online Form prior to matriculation to ensure they are familiar with the essential functions of a physical therapist and the process to seek reasonable accommodations.

Any questions regarding the Essential Functions of a Physical Therapist or accommodations should be directed to the Director for the Center of Disability Services.

Essential Functions Online Form

Contact the Center for Disability Services

Nondiscrimination Statement

Nondiscrimination Statement

Faulkner University complies with all applicable laws, regulations, and executive orders prohibiting discrimination towards students, faculty, staff, and persons served in the program’s clinics.  This includes prohibitions on discrimination based on any category prohibited by applicable law but not limited to age, citizenship, disability, ethnicity, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, and veteran status.

In connection with its educational policies, admissions, financial aid, educational programs, or activities, Faulkner University complies with all applicable laws, regulations, and executive orders prohibiting discrimination on the basis of age, citizenship, disability, ethnicity, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, and veteran status to those who meet its admission criteria and are willing to uphold its values as stated in the Conduct Regulations contained in the Student Handbook and relevant program handbooks.

Faulkner University is a church-affiliated liberal arts institution committed to employing a highly qualified and diverse administration, faculty and staff, who reflect the University’s religious traditions, values, affiliation, and purpose. Faulkner University complies with all applicable laws, regulations, and executive orders prohibiting discrimination towards faculty and staff on any category prohibited by applicable law but not limited to age, citizenship, disability, ethnicity, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, and veteran status. However, Faulkner University exercises a preference in employment for those qualified applicants who are members of the Churches of Christ, whose lifestyles are consistent with the mission of the University and with the beliefs and values of the Churches of Christ.

Based upon this commitment, Faulkner University follows the principle of nondiscrimination and operates within applicable federal and state laws prohibiting discrimination. As a recipient of federal financial assistance, Faulkner is required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, as amended, not to discriminate on the basis of sex in its admissions policies, treatment of students, employment practices or educational programs except as required by religious tenets of the Churches of Christ. Faulkner has an Equal Opportunity Plan available upon request in the Office of Human Resources. Inquiries concerning the application of federal and state laws or regulations may be referred to the Office of Human Resources.

Comments/Complaints

Complaints Outside of Due Process

Complaints that fall outside of the realm of due process, such as those from clinical education sites, employers of graduates and the public, must be submitted in writing, preferably within 30 days of the incident. The grievance should include the names of those involved, date and location of incident, detailed description of the incident, and any specific concerns about the incident. Faulkner university strictly prohibits retaliation of any kind following a complaint submission.

The Program Director is responsible for handling complaints that fall outside of due process. In the event the Program Director is not available or if it is inappropriate for the Program Director to handle the complaint (e.g., the complaint involves the Program Director), the complaint will be forwarded to the Dean of the College of Health Sciences or the Vice President for Academic Affairs. The Program Director or his/her designee must respond to the complainant within 3 weeks of receiving the complaint. When appropriate, the Program Director or his/her designee may consult with other University offices and personnel in addressing the complaint. This may include the Vice President Of Academic Affairs and/or Program Director meeting individually or jointly with all parties involved to seek resolution. The individual will be notified in writing of the decision, including potentially developing a written corrective action plan. The written grievance and any corrective action(s) will be kept on file by the Program Director in a locked cabinet in the Program’s office for a period of 5 years, after which they will be purged while maintaining confidentiality.

Students are expected to provide members of the public with the complaint process if requested to do so, and Clinical Faculty are made aware of the policy and process through the DPT Student Handbook.

Any individual or organization that is dissatisfied with his/her experience or encounter with any student, faculty, or staff member associated with the Department of Physical Therapy may file a complaint against the offending party with the Department of Physical Therapy Chair/ Program Director. Complaints should be addressed as follows:

Dr. Heather E. Mount
Department of Physical Therapy
Faulkner University
5345 Atlanta Hwy
Montgomery, Al 36109
Email: hmount@faulkner.edu
Phone: (334) 386- 7379

Complaints about the Department of Physical Therapy or the Program Director may be submitted directly to the Dean of the College of Health Sciences and/or Vice President of Academic Affairs at the following address:

Dr. Leah Fullman
Interim Dean, College of Health Sciences
Vice President of Academic Affairs
Faulkner University
5345 Atlanta Hwy
Montgomery, Al 36109
Email: lfullman@faulkner.edu
Phone: (334) 386- 7395

Dr. Dave Rampersad
Vice President of Academic Affairs
Faulkner University
5345 Atlanta Hwy
Montgomery, Al 36109
Email drampersad@faulkner.edu
Phone: (334) 386-7102

Complaints about the DPT program or University related to compliance with accreditation standards must be submitted in writing to the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). These complaints should be addressed as follows:

Dr. Candy Bahner, Interim Director
Department of Accreditation
American Physical Therapy Association
1111 N. Fairfax Street
Alexandria, VA22314
Email: candybahner@apta.org 
Phone: (703) 706-3240

Feedback About the Program

Patients, family members, or the public often want to offer positive feedback about student performance or the program.  Those persons should be directed to Dr. Mount or Rampersad at the contacts listed above.

Accreditation

An occupational therapy educational program must be accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) prior to students’ graduation for its students to be eligible to sit for the national certification examination offered by the National Board of Certification in occupational Therapy (NBCOT). Faulkner University’s OTD program is considered an applicant program by ACOTE that seeking candidacy status. If candidacy is granted, we will begin to accept students into our program in May 2022. We will be notified of candidacy status by April 2022 and will be notified of accreditation status by 2024. The first cohort is expected to graduate in May of 2025.

Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE)

6116 Executive Blvd, Suite 200
North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929
Phone: 301-652-6611
Email: accred@aota.org

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