NSU HPD Catalog 2022-2023

386 Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences—Department of Occupational Therapy Postprofessional Doctoral Programs in Occupational Therapy 2. A minimum cumulative GPA 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. 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: • OCT 7010—Theory Development (3 credits) • OCT 7015—Introduction to Doctoral OT Research and EBP (3 credits) • OCT 7301—Contexts of Occupation-Centered Practice (3 credits) • Concentration Course 1* (3 credits) • OCT 7791—Grant Practicum (3 credits) • OCT 7860—Leadership Development in Multiple Contexts (3 credits) • OCT 7910—Capstone I (3 credits) • Concentration Course 2* (3 credits) • OCT 7920—Capstone II (3 credits) • Concentration Course 3* (4 credits) • OCT 7921—Capstone III (3 credits) * Concentration courses are chosen from list below, in coordination with the adviser or the program director, and are based on course offerings. • OCT 7101—The Health Professional as Academic Educator (3 credits) • OCT 7201—Telehealth Applications in OT in Medically Underserved Populations/Areas (3 credits) • OCT 7767—Community Program Development (3 credits) • OCT 7909—Program Eva luat ion and Outcome Measurement (3 credits) • DHS 8195—Academic Health Program Development (4 credits) 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. An applicant with a master’s degree is eligible for admission to the Ph.D. program. An applicant with a bachelor’s or master’s degree is eligible for admission to the Dr.O.T. program. All applicants must have completed an occupational therapy entry-level 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 34 credits of coursework. Admissions Requirements The occupational therapy doctoral programs select students based on cumulative grade point average (GPA), interviews and personal statements, letters of recommendation, and potential for success in the program. 1. An applicant must have a bachelor’s or master’s degree in occupational therapy from a regionally accredited or internationally recognized university or college and be eligible to practice as an occupational therapist within one year of initiating the program. 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 a NACES-approved evaluation service, such as World Education Services, Inc. (wes.org), Josef Silny & Associates, Inc. (jsilny.org), or Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ece.org).