Doctor of Occupational Therapy

Breaking News

Rocky Mountain College (RMC) OTD Program received Candidacy Status approval from ACOTE on August 14, 2018.  The RMC OTD Program ACOTE reviewers cited no areas of concern and identified the following strengths of the RMC OTD Program:

  • The mission and curriculum design of the program are reflective of the community, with courses that align with the agricultural economy of the area.
  • The staffing plan and available classroom, lab, equipment, supplies, and technology demonstrate administrative support of the development process of the program.
  • The program director and academic fieldwork coordinator have qualifications and expertise consistent with the demands of their roles.

The Rocky Mountain College OTD Program now has ACOTE approval to admit the inaugural class of 2022!


The 2018-2019 OTCAS WebAdmit cycle is now open! REMINDER:  the RMC OTD Program Inaugural Class will begin in January 2019. If you began your application in the 2017-2018 OTCAS cycle, much of your information will carry over. However, you will need to reapply and ensure your application is complete for the 2018-2019 OTCAS cycle in order for your application to be verified and reviewed by the RMC OTD Program Admissions Committee. 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 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 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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