Nine doctoral students begin their work in the post-professional OTD Program at CUWNine doctoral students begin their work in the post-professional OTD Program at CUW

Nine doctoral students begin their work this fall as part of the inaugural class in the post-professional OTD Program at Concordia University Wisconsin. The students traveled from all over the country to take part in orientation weekend which was August 16.

Primarily online, the program is designed for practicing occupational therapists who are interested in pursuing continued and specialty education. The inaugural class was admitted to the Upper Extremity Rehabilitation track and will spend the next two years developing their clinical expertise, exploring evidence-based practice in occupational therapy, and designing and executing a capstone project based on their personal career goals and interests.

“It is truly a privilege to share my passion for the specialty of upper extremity rehabilitation with these students. After spending time on campus with them, it is clear that their goals of continued education, leadership, and service are an excellent fit with the mission of Concordia University,” said Dr. Rebecca von der Heyde, chair and associate professor of Occupational Therapy. She will also serve as the academic advisor for the student in this specialty track.

For more information about the Post-Professional Doctorate in Occupational Therapy (OTD) please contact Dr. von der Heyde at or 262-243-4498.

— This story is written by Kali Thiel, director of university communications for Concordia University Wisconsin and Ann Arbor. She may be reached at or 262-243-2149.

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