NSU HPD Catalog 2021-2022

Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences—Department of Occupational Therapy 371 Math Statistics........................................................................................... 3 Other Medical terminology (college). ................................1 (minimum) NOTE: Applicants must demonstrate computer and word processing competency. Recommended Courses The following additional courses will also help in the occupational therapy curriculum. Course Title Semester Hours Ethics................................................................................................ 3 Public speaking............................................................................... 3 Theories of personality.................................................................. 3 Logic/philosophy. .......................................................................... 3 Intensive writing course................................................................ 3 Application Procedures Candidates for admission to the O.T.D. program are responsible for the submission of an application via the Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS). The OTCAS application deadline is April. Applications are processed on a rolling or periodic basis. It is in the best interest of prospective students to complete their applications early because of the limited number of positions in the class. Applications received after the deadline date will be considered subject to space availability in the entering class. The application cycle for the entry-level Doctor of Occupational Therapy (O.T.D.) program begins annually in July. Details and fees associated with OTCAS are available on the OTCAS website at otcas.org. After the Office of Admissions has been notified of completed application processing by OTCAS, students will be asked to submit a required, separate supplemental NSU O.T.D. application form for further consideration along with a $50, nonrefundable application fee by March 1. Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are required from within the last five years in all three areas of the general test (verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing). The NSU institution code is 5522 and the department code is 0618. GRE scores should be sent directly to the Office of Admissions. Three letters of reference on NSU entry-level Doctor of Occupational Therapy forms from individuals (other than relatives) such as academic instructors and professors, health professionals, or volunteer or work supervisors are required. One reference must be from an occupational therapist (not an occupational therapy assistant). Evaluations should be submitted on forms within the OTCAS system. All applicants, except for Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants (COTAs), as applicable, must complete a minimum of 40 volunteer hours in at least two different OT practice areas. Some of these environments include hospitals, clinics, and private practices with a variety of populations. Forms for submission will be available within the OTCAS system. In the case of an occupational therapy assistant, graduation from an accredited occupational therapy assistant program can qualify for the 40 volunteer hours. Upon receipt of all materials from OTCAS, the supplemental application, test scores, and applicable fees, the Committee on Admissions will invite selected applicants to submit a video essay. An invitation to submit a video essay should not be construed by the applicant as evidence of acceptance. If accepted, it is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure arrangements are made for final official transcripts from all undergraduate (including advanced placement test scores), professional, and graduate institutions attended be sent directly from each institution. All final transcripts, covering all of the applicants work, must be forwarded to Nova Southeastern University Enrollment Processing Services Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences Occupational Therapy Admissions 3301 College Avenue, P.O. Box 299000 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33329-9905 Matriculating students should be aware that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure. Undergraduate/Occupational Therapy Department Dual Admission Program Nova Southeastern University’s Health Professions Division has established a dual admission programwith the university’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions for a select number of highly motivated, qualified students interested in pursuing both undergraduate and professional studies in occupational therapy. Candidates must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Students will spend four years in an undergraduate school and will be awarded a bachelor’s degree from that college. Students will then transition to the first year of education at Nova Southeastern University’s Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences, Occupational Therapy Department. Students will receive the Doctor of Occupational Therapy degree after completion of the entry-level Doctor of Occupational Therapy program.

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