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Occupational Therapist speaking with a patient in a wheelchair
“The point is not to become a leader. The point is to become yourself, and to use yourself completely – all your gifts, skills and energies – to make your vision manifest. You must withhold nothing. You must, in sum, become the person you started out to be, and to enjoy the process of becoming.”...
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OTD graduate Breanna Chycinski
By: Breanna Chycinski, OTD, OTRL The choice to apply to Eastern Kentucky University’s Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) program was an easy one. When researching and reviewing this program’s curriculum, I knew it would be a good fit for me. As an academic fieldwork coordinator and assistant faculty member of a master’s level OT program,...
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EKU Online graduate Emma McClellan
Occupational therapy is Emma McClellan’s second career. She originally went to art school and worked in metal shops and bronze foundries. When two coworkers each lost a finger, she found herself interested in their exercises and the difference their OT made for them. “I watched them go from despair to feeling like they got their...
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Person uses a 3-D printer to make mask extenders
Advancements in 3-D printing technology have allowed for the generation of low-cost adaptive devices. The technology in rehabilitation course (OTS 825) recently completed a module exploring the use of 3-D printing to generate adaptive devices and solutions for a variety of client needs.  Shortly after the courses were moved online due to the COVID-19 pandemic,...
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Occupational therapist helps young boy with balance exercise
Eastern Kentucky University was one the first schools in the country to offer a 100% online post-professional doctorate in occupational therapy. Designed for licensed occupational therapists, our program prepares you to become a leader in the profession. Respected Learn from expert faculty and earn your degree from a school that U.S. News and World Report ranks...
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2019 Graduates walking across the stage in their gowns
Ten EKU Online students just became doctors of occupational therapy. Originating from Florida, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina and West Virginia, they traveled to EKU to walk across the stage and celebrate with us. They did it — and you can too! Are you ready to get started? The EKU Online OTD program...
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Occupational Therapist speaking with a patient in a wheelchair
I have been so amazed at my professional and personal growth since deciding to pursue my Post Professional OTD with EKU. I decided on EKU because even before I applied the faculty met with me, reviewed my previous transcripts, and gave me detailed insight to a personalized completion plan, including what transfer credits I could utilize. 
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Occupational Therapist speaking with a patient in a wheelchair
My experiences in the online OTD program allowed me to learn how to be an evidence-based practitioner; from how to read and analyze research articles to implementing my own research. For example, I work with clients admitted into a palliative care program in an acute care setting. I did not know about palliative care except...
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Occupational Therapist speaking with a patient in a wheelchair
I’ve always been the type to ask a lot of questions, but after working as a bachelor’s trained occupational therapist for a couple of years my questions became more frequent. “Does this intervention really work for this client?” “Is this the best approach to use with this family?” “How can I develop a program that...
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Occupational Therapist speaking with a patient in a wheelchair
Another benefit of earning an OTD is the ability to teach in an occupational therapy education program. Many occupational therapists enjoy teaching fieldwork students and have an interest in moving their teaching beyond the clinic and into the classroom. A doctoral degree is highly valued in academia since the majority of full-time faculty in occupational...
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