Occupational Therapy v2

Overview

Occupational Therapy (OT) Practitioners are integral members of the healthcare provider team. Occupational therapy utilizes a holistic view of addressing the physical, emotional, psychological needs of the clients served in order to maximize independence in everyday lives. This is accomplished through preventative and rehabilitative care in a multitude of practice settings. Characteristics of an OT Practitioner include creativity, empathy, problem-solving, innovative thinking, compassion, and determination to improve the lives of others. More information about the profession can be found at www.aota.org.
Occupational Therapists are responsible for creating and overseeing a client-centered plan of care. This encompasses assessing deficit areas that are impacting the client’s overall function, setting goals with the client, and prescribing/applying interventions to assist the client to regain function.
Occupational Therapy Assistants work under the supervision of the Occupational Therapist in order to provide effective interventions based on the Occupational Therapist’s prescribed plan of care. Occupational Therapy Assistants collaborate closely with the Occupational Therapist to make client-centered adjustments to the plan of care as needed.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the need for Occupational Therapists will grow by 24% by the year 2026. This is a much faster rate than most other professions.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the need for Occupational Therapy Assistants will grow by 28% by the year 2026. This is a much faster rate than most other professions.

Distinctions

The College of Nursing and Health Professions at Valpo has a strong foundation and history of integrating evidence-based practice into coursework, preparing students to apply what they’ve learned directly into their professional work.

Courses within the PPDrOT program are offered one at a time and online to cater to the working occupational therapists. This allows students to truly master content before moving on to the next topic — you’ll be better equipped to retain the material and immediately utilize it in your current practice.

You will also have the opportunity to customize your field of study based on your individual areas of interest and expertise to specialize in a niche area within occupational therapy and propel your career forward or into a new direction.

Admission

M.S. to PPDrOT

In addition to completing the requirements of the Graduate School, students applying to the post-professional doctor of occupational therapy (MS to PPDrOT) program must meet the following criteria:

  1. Minimum of Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy
  2. Master’s degree in occupational therapy or another field of study
  3. Graduate GPA of 3.25 or higher
  4. Current state licensure as an occupational therapist in good standing
  5. Minimum of one-year work experience as an occupational therapist preferred
  6. Letter of intent explaining why the candidate is seeking this degree and goals for using this degree (two-page maximum)
  7. Two letters of professional reference
  8. No GRE required

B.S. to PPDrOT

In addition to completing the requirements of the Graduate School, students applying to the post-professional doctor of occupational therapy  (BS to PPDrOT track) program must meet the following criteria:

  1. Minimum of Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy
  2. Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
  3. Current state licensure as an occupational therapist in good standing
  4. Minimum of one-year work experience as an occupational therapist preferred
  5. Letter of intent explaining why the candidate is seeking this degree and goals for using this degree (two-page maximum)
  6. Two letters of professional reference
  7. GRE required

Deadlines

There is ongoing rolling admissions to this program.


Contact

Amanda Scott, OTD, OTR, BCG, CADDCT-CDP, CLT

Post-Professional Occupational Therapy Program Director/ Assistant Professor

Phone: 219.464.6174

Email: amanda.scott@valpo.edu