NSU HPD Catalog 2021-2022

370 Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences—Department of Occupational Therapy Overview Through its innovative curricular design and delivery model, the entry-level Doctor of Occupational Therapy (O.T.D.) program prepares qualified students to become successful occupational therapy practitioners, managers, and leaders who are generalists with beginning specialization in a selected practice area. The program prepares students with knowledge and skills for competent entry-level, occupation-based practice; professional leadership; and the drive to remain contemporary in a variety of contexts for an ever-changing world—armed with a doctoral level of expertise and clinical reasoning applied to clinical specialization, research, theory explorations, leadership, program and policy development, administration, advocacy, and/or education. The entry-level O.T.D. program has a responsibility to the public to assure that its graduates can become fully competent and caring occupational therapists who are capable of providing benefit and doing no harm. Individuals admitted and retained in the O.T.D. program must possess the intelligence, integrity, compassion, humanitarian concerns, physical and emotional capacity, cognitive and communication skills, and professionalism necessary to practice occupational therapy. To this end, all entry-level O.T.D. students must meet the requirements outlined in the O.T.D. program’s Essential Functions Policy for Admission, Retention, and Graduation. To view the Essential Functions document, visit https://healthsciences.nova .edu/ot/orientation/forms/otd-essential-functions-policy.pdf. As part of our vision, our departmental mission will seek to lead the profession and community through its contributions in educational leadership, community and professional service, lifelong learning, and scholarly endeavors. Admissions Requirements The entry-level Doctor of Occupational Therapy (O.T.D.) program selects students based on grade point average (GPA), Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores, written essays, 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 Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants (COTAs), as applicable, must • c omplete an undergraduate or graduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university • h ave a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale for each of the last two years of study • have a prerequisite GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale for each of the last two years of study Entry-Level Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program • have a grade of 2.0 or better in all prerequisite courses • submit minimumGRE scores that are less than five years old for all three areas of the general test (verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing) • complete a minimum of 40 volunteer hours in at least two different occupational therapy settings that provide services related to children and youth, work and industry, rehabilitation, health and wellness, mental health, productive aging, or another specified facility (or graduation from an accredited occupational therapy assistant program—volunteer hours do not apply to COTAs) • demonstrate computer and word processing competency to include, but not limited to, World Wide web navigation, software and learning management system (e.g., Canvas) utilization, ecorrespondence, database explorations, etc. • h ave completed a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or a Pearson Test of English—Academic (PTEAcademic), if applicable Prerequisite Courses Course Title Semester Hours Natural Sciences Biology with lab (introduction, general, or principles of)................................ 3–4 Anatomy (human) and physiology including lab. ....................4 OR Anatomy (human) with lab....................................................4 AND Physiology with lab.......................................................... 3–4 Physics with lab (general, college)......................................... 3–4 OR Kinesiology. ......................................................................... 3–4 Social Sciences Psychology (must include 3 credits of Introduction to Psychology and 3 credits of an upper-level psychology course—abnormal psychology, social psychology, substance abuse, etc.)...................................................................6 Human growth and development or developmental psychology (must cover infancy through aging)...................... 3 Other social sciences (e.g., ethnic studies, anthropology, sociology, or ethics)............................................. 3 Humanities English Composition (3 of the 6 credits required should be for an advanced writing course)................................6 Other humanities (e.g., art, communications, literature, foreign language, history, philosophy, logic, or humanities)......................................................................9

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