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Research Article  |   January 1999
A Historical Cross-Disciplinary Perspective on the Professional Doctorate in Occupational Therapy
Author Affiliations
  • Doris Pierce, PhD, OTR/L, is Associate Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, Creighton University, 2500 California Plaza, Omaha, Nebraska 68178
  • Claudia Peyton, PhD(Cand.), OTR/L, is Chairperson, Department of Occupational Therapy, Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska
Article Information
Education of OTs and OTAs / Pediatric Evaluation and Intervention / Special Issue on Faculty Development / Terrie Nolinske, Guest Editor
Research Article   |   January 1999
A Historical Cross-Disciplinary Perspective on the Professional Doctorate in Occupational Therapy
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, January/February 1999, Vol. 53, 64-71. doi:10.5014/ajot.53.1.64
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, January/February 1999, Vol. 53, 64-71. doi:10.5014/ajot.53.1.64
Abstract

Clinical doctorates are emerging in occupational therapy. By examining the development of clinical doctorates in medicine, dentistry, psychology, pharmacy, nursing, and physical therapy, implications can be drawn for the future of occupational therapy education. These histories offer us a sense of the distinct purpose and curricular structure of the professional doctorate, its successes and problems, its general sequence of unfolding, the political dynamics surrounding it, and the potential it holds for supporting the profession’s capacity for service to patients.