Occupational Therapy Doctorate Program
The Rocky Mountain College Occupational Doctorate Program is one of the first Montana-based occupational therapy doctorate programs in the state of Montana. As a post-baccalaureate, entry-level professional doctoral degree, applicants must complete all the requirements for a bachelor’s degree prior to matriculation into the program. The total length of the program is 115 credit hours, 3.0 years (nine semesters). The curriculum includes two 12-week fieldwork experiences and one 16-week doctoral experience.
What is Occupational Therapy?
Occupational therapy practitioners ask What matters to you? not What's the matter with you?
In its simplest terms, occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants help people across the lifespan participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities (occupations). Common occupational therapy interventions include helping children with disabilities to participate fully in school and social situations, helping people recovering from injury to regain skills, and providing supports for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes (AOTA.org).
RMC OTD Mission StatementThe Rocky Mountain College Doctorate in Occupational Therapy Program prepares clinicians, educators, researchers and future leaders in the profession through engaged, experiential and evidence-based educational opportunities to expand knowledge about the health benefits of occupation and translate that knowledge to various therapeutic settings.
We accomplish this mission through enacting our core values:
- valuing interdisciplinary therapeutic approaches (Thread 1)
- embracing diversity and community engagement (Thread 2)
- promoting life-long, evidence-based learning (Thread 3)
- advocating for the fundamental value of occupation-based, client-centered service delivery to enhance patient health, well-being and quality of life (Thread 4)
Founding Program Director
I am passionate about the profession of occupational therapy. I have practiced in both pediatrics and geriatrics in North Carolina, Texas, Kansas and Virginia. For the past four years, I have been the OT Program Director at James Madison University in Virginia. After 30 years, it is time to come home. I am so pleased to be working with Rocky Mountain College to offer a clinical doctorate in occupational therapy.
Twylla M. Kirchen, PhD, OTR/L
The Occupational Therapy Doctoral degree program at Rocky Mountain College is in the process of becoming accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE); 4720 Montgomery Lane; Suite 200; Bethesda, MD 20814-3449; 301-652-2682; www.acoteonline.org. Program performance data on the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) National Certification Exam for all schools is available on the NBCOT website. Rocky Mountain College NBCOT National Certification Exam data will be available when the program receives full ACOTE accreditation and after the first student cohort sits for the exam.