Doctor of Occupational Therapy

IMPORTANT:  Rocky Mountain College OTD Program is currently admitting students for our next class beginning in January 2020.  Applicants are admitted on a rolling basis. Apply early!

Occupational Therapy Program

 

The 2019-2020 OTCAS WebAdmit cycle is now open! We admit students on a rolling basis. Applicants are encouraged to apply early. Reminder: OTCAS conducts an annual maintenance period that occurs from approximately mid-June through mid-July. We encourage applicants to complete their application in OTCAS prior to or after the OTCAS maintenance cycle. We are incredibly excited about the 100% face-to-face learning opportunities our program offers. OT is about doing, and if you are a hands-on learner, this program is for you! Apply today!  Feel free to contact Anne Irish at anne.irish@rocky.edu if you have additional questions.

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 14-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 Statement

The 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:

  1. valuing interdisciplinary therapeutic approaches (Thread 1)
  2. embracing diversity and community engagement (Thread 2)
  3. promoting life-long, evidence-based learning (Thread 3)
  4. 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

Twylla Kirchen, Director, OTD Program

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, Ph.D., OTR/L

RMC OTD Program, Founding Director
twylla.kirchen@rocky.edu
Curriculum Vitae 
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