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Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy is the only profession that helps people across the lifespan to do the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of daily activities (occupations). Occupational therapy practitioners enable people of all ages to live life to its fullest by helping them promote health, and prevent—or live better with—injury, illness, or disability.

Occupational Therapy teaches skills to promote independence in everyday life using science and creativity. Occupational Therapists assess and direct care for individuals and populations of all abilities. Occupational Therapy Assistants provide care for individuals and populations of all abilities under the direction of an Occupational Therapist.

Doctor of Occupational Therapy (DrOT) degree is specifically for the occupational therapist that has attained state licensure and is currently working in the field.

Dr. Scott is the founding program director for the Occupational Therapy Department here at Valparaiso University with over 19 years of experience as an occupational therapist. She obtained her Bachelors of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Southern Indiana in the year 2000 and her Post-Professional Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Rocky Mountain University in the year 2013. Dr. Scott obtained her Board Certification in Gerontology (BCG) from AOTA, her Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP) in 2016. In 2018, she obtained her Certified Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Trainer (CADDCT) and Certified Lymphedema Therapist (CLT). She is an active volunteer with the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) as the policy and advocacy coordinator for the productive aging special interest group and a reviewer for board certifications.

Dr. Scott is a master clinical trainer on the following topics: Seating and Positioning; Mental Health; Orthopedics; Electrophysical Agent Modalities; Dementia; Documentation; Surface EMG for swallowing; Falls and Balance; Low Vision; and Urinary Incontinence. She has also presented at numerous conferences on the topics of Falls Prevention in the Older Adult, management/leadership, and QAPI processes, payment model changes with Medicare, and sensory modulation for the dementia population. Dr. Scott has extensive experience in developing and implementing systems to improve quality, customer satisfaction, employee satisfaction, efficiency, productivity, and resource allocation in fiscally depressed departments. She has expertise in evidence-based research analysis and integration, marketing, clinical education development and implementation. Dr. Scott has experience in project management in the development and implementation of new business lines and multi-site clinical education course presentation and development.

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ASSISTANT PROGRAM (Applicant)

The occupational therapy assistant program has applied for accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is www.acoteonline.org.

The program must be granted Candidacy Status, have a pre-accreditation review, complete an on-site evaluation, and be granted Accreditation Status before its graduates will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapy assistant administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).

After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA). In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination.

Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

DOCTORAL-DEGREE-LEVEL OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY PROGRAM (Applicant Program)

The entry-level occupational therapy doctoral degree program has applied for accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is www.acoteonline.org.

The program must be granted Candidacy Status, have a pre-accreditation review, complete an on-site evaluation, and be granted Accreditation Status before its graduates will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR).

In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination.

Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure


AOTA VISION 2025

As an inclusive profession, occupational therapy maximizes health, well-being, and quality of life for all people, populations, and communities through effective solutions that facilitate participation in everyday living.

The entry-level occupational therapy doctoral degree program has applied for accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTAand its Web address is www.acoteonline.org.The program must be granted Candidacy Status, have a preaccreditation review, complete an on-site evaluation, and be granted Accreditation Status before its graduates will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure

The baccalaureate-degree-level occupational therapy assistant program has applied for accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is www.acoteonline.org. The program must be granted Candidacy Status, have a preaccreditation review, complete an on-site evaluation, and be granted Accreditation Status before its graduates will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapy assistant administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA). In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

Contact

Amanda Scott, OTD, OTR, BCG, CADDCT-CDP, CLT
Post-Professional Occupational Therapy Program Director/ Assistant Professor
Email: amanda.scott@valpo.edu
Phone: 219.464.6174

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Occupational Therapy Advances Knowledge and Careers

Program director Amanda Scott outlines the post-professional doctor of occupational therapy in the College of Nursing and Health Professions. Classes in the occupational therapy program put the students’ schedules in perspective, allowing for online classes that provide live interactions with their instructors. “Valparaiso University offers that working OT the ability to continue to advance their knowledge base and help facilitate that lifelong learning process.”