NSU HPD Catalog 2021-2022

Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences—Department of Occupational Therapy 379 Postprofessional Doctoral Programs in Occupational Therapy 4. Foreign applicants must also have a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 550 or higher for the written test or 213 or higher for the computer-based test, an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.0, or a Pearson Test of English—Academic (PTE-Academic) score of 54. The dean is empowered to evaluate the total qualifications of every student and to modify requirements in unusual circumstances. The following courses are required to complete the program: • Writing for Occupational Therapy—a no-credit, approximately five-week, online course taken prior to the beginning of the first fall semester • OCT 7005—Evidence-Based Practice and Critical Thinking in OT (3 credits) • OCT 7010—Theory Development for Models of Practice (3 credits) • OCT 7103—Occupation-Centered Practice (3 credits) • OCT 7133—Advanced Policy Issues (3 credits) • OCT 7302—Contextual Aspects of Occupational Performance (3 credits) • OCT 7860—Leadership Development in Multiple Contexts (3 credits) • OCT 7767—Community Program Development (3 credits) • OCT 7791—Grant Practicum (3 credits) • OCT 7909—ProgramEvaluation and Outcome Measurement (3 credits) • OCT 7910—Capstone I (3 credits) • OCT 7920—Capstone II (3 credits) • OCT 7921—Capstone III (3 credits) Doctoral Tuition and Fees (Dr.O.T.) 1. Tuition for academic year 2021–2022 (subject to change by the board of trustees without notice)will be posted on our website (nova.edu/ot). 2. An Occupational Therapy General Access Fee of $145 is required each year. An NSU Student Services Fee of $1,500 is also required annually. Additionally, a registration fee of $30 is required per semester. The first term’s tuition and fees are due on or before registration day. Tuition for each subsequent semester is due on or before the appropriate registration day. Students will not be admitted until their financial obligations have been met. The Department of Occupational Therapy at NSU offers two postprofessional doctoral degrees: the postprofessional advanced practice doctorate—the Doctor of Occupational Therapy (Dr.O.T.), and the research doctorate—the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.). Both of these doctoral programs are taught primarily by distance education with some on-campus time requirements. Applicants with master’s degrees are eligible for admission to the Dr.O.T. program or the Ph.D. program. All applicantsmust have completed an occupational therapy entrylevel program and be eligible to practice as an occupational therapist within one year of initiating the program. Graduates of Nova Southeastern University’s M.O.T. Program with a GPA above 3.5 are assured consideration for admission to the Dr.O.T. program. Doctor of Occupational Therapy (Dr.O.T.) The postprofessional Doctor of Occupational Therapy (Dr.O.T.) degree prepares occupational therapists to become leaders in the advanced practice of occupational therapy, health policy, and program development. Graduates incorporate evidence-based practice, client-centered approaches, occupation-based practice, and best practice tomeet society’s occupational needs. Students are required to complete 39 credits of coursework. Please note that Dr.O.T. degree revisions are currently underway. Admissions Requirements 1. An applicant must have a bachelor’s or master’s degree in occupational therapy from regionally accredited or internationally recognized universities or colleges and be eligible to practice as an occupational therapist within one year of initiating the program. If applicant’s bachelor’s degree is in occupational therapy, applicant must also have 30 graduate credits, although a master’s degree (in any field) is preferred. Foreign applicants must present the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree and evidence of successful completion of an OT educational program approved by WFOT. All foreign coursework must be evaluated by World Education Services, Inc. (wes.org), Josef Silny & Associates, Inc. (jsilny.org), or Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ece.org). 2. AminimumGPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is required for admission. 3. An applicant must demonstrate writing proficiency, as determined by the program director.

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