NSU HPD Catalog 2021-2022

372 Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences—Department of Occupational Therapy For more information and requirements, contact the NSU Office of Undergraduate Admissions, 3301 College Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314-7796. Occupational Therapy Assistants are eligible to apply to the entry-level Doctor of Occupational Therapy (O.T.D.) program after completing a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university or from the online Bachelor of Health Science program at NSU. For more information about the B.H.Sc. online degree completion program, visit healthsciences .nova.edu /healthsciences/bhs/index.html. Course of Study The academic discipline of occupational therapy draws upon and integrates a wide range of interdisciplinary topics. Theories that illuminate the understanding of occupation in human life, the role of occupation in health and adaptation, and the art and science of using activities as therapeutic agents create the foundation for the discipline. As part of the regular curriculum, occupational therapy students are placed in fieldwork sites that require all students to be fingerprinted and subjected to a background check in accordance with regulations of the Child Care, Licensing and Enforcement Section, Bureau of Children’s Services and Broward and Hillsborough Counties, Florida. Additionally, some placement facilities may require criminal background checks and/or drug testing. Students may, under supervision, provide occupational therapy services to patients seen in the university clinics as part of the regular course of study. A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc. (NBCOT) certification examination or attain state licensure. Requirements for Graduation In order to be eligible for the O.T.D. degree, students shall • be of good moral character • have satisfactorily completed the programof study required for the degree (122 semester hours) with a minimumgrade of 75 percent in each occupational therapy course • s uccessfully complete clinical internships and residency within 24 months of completion of didactic courses • fulfill all financial and library obligations to the university • attend in person the commencement program in the year that the diploma will be conferred

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