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Administration Track

The Occupational Therapy Doctorate, Administration Track, is made up of 8 core courses and 4 elective courses for a total of 36 credits. It is designed for students interested in healthcare management and administrative roles in healthcare and health related organizations. Students completing this track will have the credentials to teach in most OT and OTA programs. The courses are offered completely online. Please see below for descriptions of the courses.

CORE COURSES (8 REQUIRED, DESCRIPTIONS BELOW): OTD701, OTD702, OTD703, OTD704, OTD705, OTD797, OTD798, OTD799
ELECTIVES (CHOOSE 4, DESCRIPTIONS BELOW): hcm500, hcm502, hcm503, HCM510, hcm511, hcm512, hcm513, mln500

Curriculum & Schedules

Code Course Name Credit Hours
HCM500 Principles of Healthcare Service Excellence 3

This course discusses ways for healthcare management personnel to provide service in a competitive marketplace. Students will analyze theories, methods, and techniques with regard to strategy, staffing, and systems. Topics discussed will include areas such as building a customer service culture; training, motivating, and empowering staff; measuring service quality; managing service waits; and recovering from a service failure.

HCM502 Managing Healthcare Delivery Systems 3

This course discusses the complex organizational dynamics and structures that dictate the interactions among the major components of the US. Healthcare System. The course will also investigate best practices and information related to providing excellence in service.

HCM503 Strategic Planning in Healthcare 3

This course provides information on the importance and process of strategic planning in response to the rapid transformation in healthcare delivery. Students will examine and formulate strategies to assist in analyzing their organizational factors critical to strategic planning in order to achieve the organization’s mission.

HCM510 Six Sigma Lean Methodology in Healthcare 3

As a member of a Six Sigma project team, students will learn how to lead and executive process-level improvement projects. They will develop process flow charts, collect and analyze data, develop hypotheses, and use basic statistical tools to determine optimum ways to reduce cost, improve processes and increase customer/client satisfaction. Where applicable, students will design simple experiments to validate theories. This hands-on class will focus on projects to eliminate waste and defects by applying lean and Six Sigma methodology. In-class case studies will focus on Healthcare issues.

HCM511 Continuous Improvement Strategies/Tools and Techniques 3

To remain competitive, organizations must continuously seek new ways to be efficient and effective in their work processes. The tools and techniques taught in this course can be applied to any type of organization including: for-profit organization, nonprofit organization or government agency. In this course, students will learn the following continuous improvement tools: Cause and Effect Diagrams, Flow Charts, Checklists, Pareto Charts, SWOT Analysis, Brainstorming Techniques, the 5 Ys, Root Cause Analysis, and Corrective Action Techniques.

HCM512 Change Management/Project Management Integration 3

The objective of this course is to provide an understanding of the importance of integrating change management and project management activities. Typically, the study of project management focuses on the tasks and activities needed to accomplish a project: who, what, when and how. It provides project structure and addresses the actions, deliverables and outcomes. However, change management focuses on the people impacted by the change and ways to reduce resistance to change and to elicit behaviors to support change. Although change management is critical to the success of any change intuitive, it is often forgotten and not integrated into project management theory. This course stresses the importance of addressing the “people” aspect of a change project.

HCM513 Economics and Finance in Healthcare 3

This course will provide an overview of the key factors affecting the economic and financial management of healthcare organizations in today’s environment and provide the knowledge necessary for health service managers to apply financial management theory and principles to help make decisions to promote the financial well-being of the organization.

MLN500 Introduction to the Theory and Practice of Negotiation 3

This is the introductory course to the theory and practice of negotiations and will serve as one of the foundational classes for the degree. Students will learn the history, development and evolution, core theories, and varying frameworks in the field. They will also have the opportunity to engage in experiential activities that will provide them with practice developing their skills.

OTD701 Utilization of Research in Evidence Based Practice 3

Examination of the research process, statistical analysis, and evidence based practice with applicability to advanced occupational therapy practice. Attention is given to critical research methods, analysis, and ethical aspects of scholarly inquiry. Emphasis on how research contributes to the development of occupational therapy knowledge, improves practice, and enhances the education and professional accountability of occupational therapy practitioners.

OTD702 Application of Occupational Science 3

This course explores advanced clinical applications of the occupational therapy practice framework as well as descriptive, relational, predictive, and prescriptive aspects of occupational science with a focus on application to advanced occupational therapy clinical practice.

OTD703 Community Practice, Program Development, and Entrepreneurship 3

This course discusses the foundation, theoretical framework, and role of occupational therapy in community practice. This course also thoroughly explores the program development process, entrepreneurship, and business fundamentals in occupational therapy.

OTD704 Bioethics 3

This course provides an opportunity for students to assess ethical and legal issues confronting occupational therapy practitioners and other healthcare providers in a variety of practice settings, focusing on the identification and analysis of legal and ethical concepts and principles underlying occupational therapy and health care. The course focuses on ethical concepts, theories, and values applied in ethical decision-making that are related to a variety of ethical dilemmas in health and social settings.

OTD705 Leadership and Advocacy 3

This course explores leadership theory and application to current and future practice. Students also examine advocacy in the occupational therapy profession. Current issues and trends in the occupational therapy field are discussed.

OTD797 Capstone Professional Writing and Proposal 3

Students focus on professional writing skills and clinical reasoning to develop a proposal for their capstone project. Through participation in this course, students will identify relevant issues impacting occupational therapy in their specialty area. A literature review into a specific area of inquiry and a detailed proposal for implementation, evaluation, and dissemination of the capstone project will be completed.

OTD798 Capstone Project Implementation and Evaluation 3

The purpose of this course is to demonstrate advanced skills in evidence-based occupational therapy practice. Students will implement and evaluate a project that reflects an identified area of need. The course is conducted in a seminar format with students working independently, but engaging in online discussions with faculty and students.

OTD799 Capstone Project Dissemination 3

Students further synthesize outcomes of the capstone project and will demonstrate their understanding of advanced occupational therapy concepts. Dissemination of findings from the capstone project will be completed with a focus on demonstrating skills as a clinical scholar.