LMU’s OTD Program Welcomes Dr. Colleen Bullen to Faculty

Colleen Bullen, OTD, OTR/L, the academic fieldwork coordinator and assistant professor for the LMU Doctor of Occupational Therapy program.

Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) announces the hire of Colleen Bullen, OTD, OTR/L as the academic fieldwork coordinator and assistant professor. Bullen will be working to educate students on how to be successful during fieldwork experiences.

“Dr. Bullen is a great addition to our team. Transitioning from the clinic to classroom enables her to provide relevant treatment strategies and real-life examples to our students,” said Dr. Jason Hughes, OTD program director at LMU. “Furthermore, her years of experience providing occupational therapy services in Knoxville will allow us to further foster clinic relationships in our area.”

Dr. Colleen BullenBullen earned her Bachelor of Science and Occupational Therapy Doctorate from the University of Toledo in Toledo, Ohio. Before joining LMU, she practiced mostly in the area of pediatrics. She also has experience in the areas of neurology, orthopedics and acute care. Bullen has been a preceptor to many Level I and Level II fieldwork students over the past 13 years. 

“Joining the realm of academia has been a goal of mine since my first year of occupational therapy school,” said Bullen. “While I love seeing the progress that patient’s make during therapy, having a student and seeing them evolve from a Level II fieldwork student to an entry-level OT is amazing! The confidence students gain in fieldwork is so refreshing and rewarding to a practicing OT.”

LMU’s OTD program prepares graduates to be entry-level occupational therapists. The curriculum is taught by experienced occupational therapists who hold a wide range of specialties and interests. The program will be located at LMU-Knoxville (9737 Cogdill Road) where students will have the opportunity to train with other health science professional students in state-of-the-art anatomy and medical simulation laboratories.

“I am excited about the interdisciplinary approach the LMU program is taking and am looking forward to expanding the knowledge of the local community about occupational therapy,” Bullen said.

Bullen has lived in the Knoxville, Tennessee area since 2007 with her husband Jason and their two children. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, hiking and running.

The new OTD program is being developed by LMU-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine and will be located at its LMU-Knoxville location (9737 Cogdill Road). The program will prepare graduates to be entry-level occupational therapists (OTs). The OTD program is a full-time 36-month curriculum that includes didactic and clinical training as well as a capstone project. The curriculum is taught by experienced occupational therapists, who hold a wide range of specialties and interests. Upon earning the Doctorate of Occupational Therapy, students are given the opportunity to meet eligibility requirements for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).

For more information on the Doctor of Occupational Therapy program go to: www.LMUnet.edu/OTD

Lincoln Memorial University is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies. The main campus is located in Harrogate, Tennessee. For more information about the undergraduate and graduate programs available at LMU, contact the Office of Admissions at 423.869.6280 or email at admissions@LMUnet.edu.





LMU is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, specialist, and doctorate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, or call 404.679.4500, for questions about the accreditation of Lincoln Memorial University.

The entry-level occupational therapy doctoral degree program has applied for accreditation and has been granted Candidacy Status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its web address is www.acoteonline.org. The program must have a preaccreditation review, complete an on-site evaluation, and be granted Accreditation Status before its graduates will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

Students must complete 24 weeks of Level II fieldwork as well as an individual 14-week capstone experience within 24 months following the completion of the didactic portion of the program. The doctoral capstone experience must be started after completion of all coursework and Level II fieldwork as well as completion of preparatory activities defined in 2018 ACOTE OTD Standard D.1.3.

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