Why is EIM offering a post-professional OTD diploma program?

The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) has mandated that the entry-level degree requirement for the occupational therapist will move to the doctoral level by July 1, 2027. Evidence In Motion (EIM) recognizes and supports this new degree structure within the profession by offering the professional/clinical doctorate to students who have an entry-level degree in occupational therapy.

Our vision is to reinvent how healthcare education is delivered to increase access, reduce student debt, and improve outcomes. We aspire to attract and produce the best, brightest, and highest character individuals who feel “called” to excel in the healthcare professions, including occupational therapy. We emphasize evidence-based, flexible educational offerings that feature the perfect blend of online and hands-on content from world-renowned educators. Through our hybrid learning technologies, students no longer have to move across the country to obtain a great education. We are not suitable for everyone, but neither are we elitist.


What makes EIM’s post-professional OTD program different from others?

 

To decide if the EIM OTD is right for you, take time to consider your future career goals and how this degree contributes to accomplishing your short-term and long-term goals. Think about how you learn and if you have the skills to be successful in an online program (e.g., motivation, self-initiative, technical skills). Our emphasis is on preparation of healthcare professionals to be active lifelong learners who work collaboratively to deliver superior patient care and solve the most complex challenges of health care. Our graduates are prepared to synthesize in-depth knowledge in a practice area of their selection.

Considerations for Occupational Therapy Post-professional education

  • Location of the program | Students learn, live, and work where they choose. Coursework may be completed 100% on-line or may include on-site lab-intensive workshops. The choice is yours.
  • Tuition | The costs for degree completion are known up-front; no hidden costs.
  • Full- or part-time program | Program completion in one to three years.
  • Distance format with option of on-site lab-intensive workshops
  • No interview required
  • No entrance exam required
  • Allows for specialization in a practice area and Advanced Certification programs may be integrated into your program of study including:
  • Includes opportunities for post-degree experiences (e.g., residencies/fellowships)

Additionally, our Doctorally-prepared faculty, many with specialty certifications, are accessible to students and understand the demands of clinical practice. We are available to assist you to personalize your program of study to meet your professional goals.


What are the requirements for completion?

The Single OTD Track requires completion of 30 total credit hours. The OTD core coursework includes 15 credits of online coursework. The remaining 15 credits are selected by the student using our online OTD Elective Catalog. These credits can be completed entirely online or can include weekend lab sessions.

The Dual OTD Track also requires completion of 30 total credit hours but allows students the opportunity to work towards an Advanced Certification in addition to the OTD. The OTD core coursework includes 15 credits of online coursework. The remaining 15 credits are courses required by the Certification program and typically include a few weekend lab sessions.

Certification Tracks include:

  • Geriatric Certification
  • Concussion Management
  • Certification in Stroke Recovery
  • Therapeutic Pain Specialist (TPS)
  • Advanced Certification in Hand Therapy

Executive Program in Practice Management (EPPM)


When and how do I select my OTD elective credits?

Once accepted into the Post-professional OTD program you will receive an email from the registrar team welcoming you to the program. This email includes a link to the elective course catalog that is organized by specialty topics. Next to each course there is a check box where you can select your courses (as available). The catalog describes each course including when it is offered and whether it requires an on-site lab component.

Elective courses must be selected at least two weeks before the start date of your cohort. Your elective selection can be emailed to the registrar team at [email protected] Once received a member of the team will contact you directly to review your plan of study which will include the progression through all courses in your OTD curriculum.


What if I complete one of EIM’s Advanced Certification programs, then decide I would like to complete a Postprofessional OTD?

No problem. EIM’s programs have an integrated design, meaning that they share curricula. For this situation, the OTD core requires 15 credits of online coursework with completion of a minimum of 30 total credit hours for graduation.


Can I take the OTD coursework and certification program coursework simultaneously?

We typically do not allow our students to take multiple courses at the same time. We want students to be successful and get the most out of each course. We also want students to be successful in the online/blended format, especially if you are working while completing the program. If looking to complete the programs in a given time frame, our admissions office will work closely with you to determine appropriate, individualized plans for your needs to ensure your success.


When can I apply for the Postprofessional OTD program and how many students do you accept?

The Postprofessional OTD program has a rolling admission. EIM can accept as many students as interested and who meet the admission criteria due to our blended learning model.


Do I have to travel for this program?

The Postprofessional OTD program can be completed 100% online. If you select on-line elective courses, you will have the ability to complete the program without being required to travel.


Is the EIM post-professional OTD program “accredited”?

The post-professional OTD is certainly one of the most misunderstood concepts within our own profession. There are two types of accreditation: institutional accreditation and program accreditation.

Institutional accrediting bodies do not accredit programs but rather accredit institutions. There are six regional accrediting organizations recognized by the U. S. Department of Education (USDE) and by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Post-professional OTD programs do not have external accreditation requirements. If the institution that provides the curriculum has the ability through state or regional licensing to offer post-graduate diplomas, they can offer a post-professional OTD. EIM is authorized to provide educational services including certifications, residencies and fellowships through a state licensing agency, the Kentucky Commission on Proprietary Education. It is not nationally or regionally accredited.

Program Accreditation: Accreditation of occupational therapy entry-level programs is completed by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). There is no specialized accrediting body for post-professional OT programs. Students who are seeking preparation to become faculty in accredited occupational therapy programs should be aware that accreditation standards from national accrediting bodies influence ACOTE in that their standards must be aligned with requirements from the United States Department of Education (USDE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Therefore, some universities will not recognize degrees granted by entities that do not have national accreditation.


Why doesn’t the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) get involved in accrediting post-professional OTD programs?

Obtaining a Post-Professional OTD is not a requirement for taking the NBCOT examination or for licensure, which is the domain of ACOTE.


Does graduating from the EIM post-professional OTD program qualify me to teach in an entry-level occupational therapy program?

EIM’s post-professional OTD is designed as a clinically oriented terminal degree. Program Directors, Core faculty and Academic Fieldwork Coordinators must hold a doctoral degree awarded by an institution that is accredited by a USDE-recognized accrediting body.

Our curriculum aligns with entry-level OTD educational standards and as such, graduates enjoy the recognition and benefits of attainment of a recognized terminal degree in occupational therapy. We emphasize preparedness for emerging and advanced areas of practice qualifying graduates for lectureship and adjunct positions in entry-level programs. Individuals teaching or considering teaching in an entry-level OT program should pursue a doctoral degree based on the guidance of your university of interest.


What if I have not been to school in a long time? Will there be help available for me with the online learning format?

EIM uses Moodle as its online learning platform. It is a simple and intuitive online learning platform. Online content is created with a syllabus to help guide you through the learning content. In addition, help is available throughout your program from a variety of sources including program directors, instructors, and all EIM staff.