The University of Findlay is pleased to announce it has been granted applicant status by the Accreditation Council for Occupation Therapy Education for its Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) degree, which will prepare students for practice as well as leadership roles and advanced positions in this rewarding, essential field.
The Occupational Therapy Program has a strong community focus and provides integrated classroom and lab activities designed to enhance student learning. Experiential learning opportunities and fieldwork experiences allow students to build skills and dispositions necessary for clinical practice grounded in the importance of evidence-based practitioners.
Mary Beth Dillon, OTD, MOT, OTR/L, and Department of Occupational Therapy chair, said she is excited about offering an additional educational opportunity to those interested in pursuing careers and advancing themselves in the health services realm..
“Our faculty has worked hard to develop an outstanding curriculum that will prepare students for contemporary practice at an exciting new level,” Dillon said.
The three-year program, pursued after earning a bachelor’s degree, is designed to be completed in nine consecutive semesters, including summer terms. A total of 124 credits must be earned that encompass academic courses, fieldwork and experience credits.
In fall 2018 students may begin applying to the program. The first cohort will begin classes in June 2019. Early assurance for admission is available to high school seniors who meet specific academic requirements. Current UF students and those admitted as freshmen will be given special admission consideration.
Once the University receives the necessary accreditation status from the American Occupational Therapy Association, students will be eligible to sit for the National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy Exam upon completion of their studies.
UF will phase out its traditional Master of Occupational Therapy Program but will continue to offer its weekend, three-year master’s program.
“The University of Findlay has a strong tradition of offering high-quality programs in occupational therapy in our traditional and weekend programs, and transitioning our traditional program to the doctoral level at this time will allow us to remain a regional and national leader in occupational therapy education,” said Dillon.