Chair: W. C. Mann.
Graduate Coordinator: C. A. Velozo, J.J. Foss.
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The Department of Occupational Therapy offers graduate programs in occupational therapy leading to the Master of Health Science (M.H.S.) degree (on-campus nonthesis and thesis options and distance learning nonthesis option) and the entry-level Master of Occupational Therapy (M.O.T.) degree. Complete descriptions of the requirements for these degrees are provided in the General Information section of this catalog.
Master of Health Science: This program is designed for students who have earned an undergraduate degree in Occupational therapy. The thesis option requires four semesters of course work and a formal research thesis, while the nonthesis option requires three semesters of course work and a research project. The program emphasizes research and advanced theories related to occupational therapy practice. Preparation for teaching, administrative, and other occupational therapy roles is supplemented through elective courses. A coherent series of elective courses related to occupational therapy must be approved by the supervisory committee chairperson before the second semester of work.
In addition to the requirements of the Graduate School, admission requires the candidate to have completed a curriculum in occupational therapy accredited by the American Occupational Therapy Association or by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists.
The distance learning degree option for the Master of Health Science is specifically intended to meet the needs of the working professional. The nonthesis program is designed to improve the knowledge and skills of working occupational therapists for practice in a complex and challenging health care system. It provides preparation for new practice areas, leadership roles, and independent practice and is delivered through the Internet. In addition to the departmental requirements listed above, applicants to the distance learning program must have basic personal computer competency and access to a computer that meets minimal configuration requirements.
Additional information about the Master of Health Science is available at http://www.hp.ufl.edu or http://gradschool.rgp.ufl.edu or by telephone at (352)273-6817. For distance learning, see http://otdlm.phhp.ufl.edu/ or call toll free (866)878-3297.
Master of Occupational Therapy: This entry-level degree program is designed for students who do not have an undergraduate degree in occupational therapy. The program provides students with a holistic perspective, including an understanding of the philosophical and theoretical bases for practice in the current health care environment. The M.O.T. program provides a strong background in theory, assessment, and therapeutic interventions. Before their professional preparation in the M.O.T. program, students receive a liberal education in their pre-professional baccalaureate studies, including several courses specifically focused for students planning to enter the M.O.T. program. Students may enroll in courses in the Bachelor of Health Science degree program at the bachelor’s level, or they may complete these courses on a postbaccalaureate level before starting the M.O.T. program. Students are only admitted into the M.O.T. program in summer term and graduate at the end of the fall term after 1.33 years of full-time study (5 semesters) and 58 credits.
Admission requirements include completion of an undergraduate degree and the prerequisite course work. Three letters of reference and a letter of application are required by the Department. Additional information is available at http://www.phhp.ufl.edu/ot/ and http://gradschool.rgp.ufl.edu or by telephone (352)273-6817.
This program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association. The address for ACOTE is 4720 Montgomery Lane, Box 31220, Bethesda, MD, 20814-1220. The phone number is (301) 652-2632. Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the national certification exam administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). The website address of NBCOT is www.nbcot.org.