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Foundations of Occupational Therapythe pre‑professional level of the program. The last three, the Bridge from Theory to Practice, and Practice, comprise the professional level of education.

Throughout all phases of the professional program, the student is socialized into the role as a professional. This includes taking responsibility for one’s own personal and professional development, as well as understanding the commitment to lifelong learning. This commitment is fostered by active learning that requires students to apply their own interpretive framework and prior knowledge to the context of occupational therapy.  Active learning requires students to use resources available to them to improve their clinical reasoning and self-reflection. The professional phase supports active learning by providing modeling and graded scaffolding, which allows students to succeed and view learning as an incremental process.

 

Bridge to Practice

FIRST YEAR OF ACADEMIC STUDIES

During the first year, students are enrolled in fundamental courses in science, occupational therapy theory and practice, providing a solid foundation of information. Courses include Group Development Across the Lifespan, Conditions Across the Lifespan I & II, Gross Anatomy, Kinesiology, Neuroscience, Occupations Across the Lifespan, Research Methods, and Theoretical Guidelines to Practice I & II. During the service learning component of the program, students will have their first experience working with people with disabilities.

SECOND YEAR OF ACADEMIC STUDIES

In the second year, students complete seminar courses in adult rehabilitation, psychosocial practice and pediatrics. Level I fieldwork experiences occur within the domain of these three seminar courses. Fieldwork is completed off-campus in various settings including: camps, hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, sub-acute rehabilitation facilities, and schools. During the second year, students also complete coursework in administration & supervision, orthotics, and continue with the research sequence that had begun in the first year.

LEVEL II FIELDWORK EXPERIENCE

Upon completion of academic studies, students are able to enroll in level II fieldwork experiences, with emphasis in various areas of practice. These experiences are mandatory components of the program, one with an emphasis on psychosocial practice and one in adult rehabilitation. A third optional level II fieldwork experience is also possible in a discipline of the student’s choice (under the supervision of their academic advisor).

Fieldwork experiences are completed on a full-time basis in a clinical setting under the supervision of an occupational therapist. All fieldwork experiences are unpaid 4-credit courses. Each of the two mandatory experiences runs for a duration of 12 weeks. (This time period may be extended if the clinical instructor believes that the student needs more time.) The optional experiences vary in time from 8 to 12 weeks course as applicable. You have the option of enrolling in a third (8-12 week) specialty fieldwork experience (hands, driver rehabilitation, etc).  

 

*Pictorial representation of the curriculum stages.

NATIONAL EXAMINATION

Upon successful completion of academic preparation and level II fieldwork experiences, students are eligible to take the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc. (NBCOT) exam.

*Please note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the certification examination or attain state licensure.

PROGRESSION, RETENTION, AND GRADUATION

Once qualified applicants enter the program, the faculty is committed to seeing that students successfully complete the program in a timely manner. During the 2014-2016 academic years, of the 101 admitted students, 90 students or 90% have successfully completed the two and one-half year sequence and graduated. When students are unable to meet the demands of a full-time program, a part-time schedule can be negotiated as part of a retention plan. During those same three academic years, 5 of our students took longer than two and one-half years (the part-time sequence is three and one-half years). Occasionally, for a variety of reasons, students are unable to complete the program. During those three years, approximately 10% of our students left the program for various reasons and did not graduate.

Graduation Year

Students Entering/Graduating

Graduation Rate

2014

28/27

96%

2015

36/32

89%

2016

37/31

90%

Total

101/90

90%

 

One hundred percent of our students began employment within three months of graduation. Many of our students were offered and accepted job offers prior to graduation.