NSU HPD Catalog 2021-2022

Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences—Department of Occupational Therapy 365 Overview Occupational therapists provide services to enhance participation and function in daily occupations, including self care, work, and leisure. Occupational therapists frequently work with individuals when performance has been interrupted or jeopardized by disease, injury, disability, life stress, or other factors. Therapy consists of clients’ planned involvement in occupation—purposeful and meaningful activities—that positively influences their life adaptation. This involvement in occupation may be facilitated by supportive training, specialized equipment, environmental modification and/ or problem solving to accomplish life tasks. The therapeutic process is founded upon the belief that individuals are the principal agents of their own adaptation, and through active involvement in occupation, can have a significant impact on their health status, and well-being. The occupational therapist must be an expert in the knowledge of occupation, its role in health and adaptation, and its use in therapy. Occupational therapy practice requires the therapist to exercise increasingly complex, autonomous decisionmaking and problem-solving skills in multifactorial situations. The therapist must, therefore, be a critical thinker, capable of evaluating and synthesizing information from a variety of sources about a wide range of phenomena. Finally, the therapist should be a reflective practitioner able to evaluate his or her own clinical reasoning. The NSU Department of Occupational Therapy has an entrylevel Master of Occupational Therapy (M.O.T.) degree—being phased out and replaced by a full-time, campus-based, entrylevel Doctor of Occupational Therapy (O.T.D.) degree—on the Fort Lauderdale campus and a full-time, blended, entry-level O.T.D. program with online and campus-based-weekend sessions on the Tampa Bay Regional Campus. The program also offers two postprofessional degrees: a Doctor of Occupational Therapy (Dr.O.T.), and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.). The M.O.T. and the O.T.D. are both designed so that a student may enter after completing an undergraduate or graduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university. The Dr.O.T. and Ph.D. are both postprofessional OT degrees offered through distance education. Accreditation The entry-level Master of Occupational Therapy is accredited 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, care of AOTA, is (301) 652-AOTA. Graduates of the program 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, most 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 convictionmay affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure. Admissions Requirements The entry-level O.T.D. programs select students based on grade point average (GPA), Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores, a written essay, letters of recommendation, and a video. Strong candidates will also demonstrate concern for people of diverse backgrounds, as well as the ability to use judgment, insight, and reasoning. All applicants, including Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) applicants as described below, must • c omplete a minimum of 40 volunteer hours with at least two different populations • complete an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university • have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for the last two years of undergraduate study • h ave social science and humanities prerequisite GPAs of 3.0 or better • have a natural science prerequisite GPA of 2.75 or better OTA applicants completing 60 upper-division credits in the NSU online Bachelor of Health Science programmust • earn an average of 3.0 or better in the Bachelor of Health Science upper-division courses All applicants, including OTA applicants, must • have a grade of 2.0 or better in all prerequisite courses • submit GRE scores that are less than five years old for all three areas of the general test (quantitative, verbal, and analytic writing) Preference will be given to applicants with a GRE verbal score of 143, a quantitative score of 141, and an analytical writing score of at least 3.5. Department of Occupational Therapy Master of Occupational Therapy Program