Undergraduate Catalog


Department of Occupational Therapy

Dean of the College of Health Professions: Koepke
Chair: Goodwin

Professor: Goodwin

Associate Professors: T. Dillon, King
Assistant Professors: M. Dillon, Griffiths, Schmelzer
Instructors: Buddelmeyer, Meredith, Rogliatti, Sakemiller

 

Accreditation

The Occupational Therapy Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) c/o Accreditation Department American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. The phone number is 301-652-2682. Graduates of the program will be eligible to take the certification examination implemented by the National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). The NBCOT is an independent national credentialing agency. It is responsible for all policies related to the certification of occupational therapy personnel. Upon successful completion of this examination, the graduate will be an Occupational Therapist Registered (OTR). Most states have regulations that govern the practice of occupational therapy. However, many states use the results of the NBCOT certification examination to determine a practitioner’s eligibility to practice.

Mission and Goal of the Program

Mission

The mission of the Occupational Therapy program at The University of Findlay is to prepare occupational therapists who understand and value a community-focused and occupation-based approach to practice, are leaders in a variety of professional roles and participate in ongoing professional development in preparation for service in diverse communities.

Goal

The goal of the Master of Occupational Therapy program is to provide educational experiences that foster the knowledge, skills and values necessary for entry-level occupational therapy practitioners.

Occupational Therapy Program Options

The Occupational Therapy program offers two options, a Traditional and a Weekend College (WEC) program, for students to complete a Bachelor of Science degree in health sciences and a Master of Occupational Therapy degree. A student who has already earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university must complete all of The University of Findlay’s Master of Occupational Therapy program’s prerequisite courses before beginning the professional portion of the OT program.

Traditional Program

The five-and-a-half-year Traditional program is completed with pre-professional requirements and three and one-half years of professional course work. The Weekend College program is completed with pre-professional requirements and three years of professional course work.

Weekend College Program

The Weekend College program is intended for the adult learner who has had one year of full-time work experience. The candidate must be either a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) or a Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA). Non-OTA/PTA candidates must have completed a bachelor’s degree and have at least one year of health care-related experience in order to apply.

Occupational Therapy Program Admission Criteria

For the Traditional Program

An incoming freshman who has a minimum cumulative high school GPA of 3.5 and a minimum composite ACT of 25 (minimum SAT of 1740) is eligible to apply for a direct freshman admission option. This option is in addition to the junior admission.

  1. Completion of the pre-professional course requirements for a Bachelor of Science degree.
  2. Minimum overall grade point average of 3.0.
  3. Fifty hours of observation or volunteer experience.
  4. Three satisfactory professional recommendations.
  5. Completed Occupational Therapy program application.

For the Weekend Program

OTA:

  1. Completion of the pre-professional course requirements for a Bachelor of Science degree.
  2. Minimum overall grade point average of 3.0.
  3. Three satisfactory professional recommendations.
  4. Demonstration of college-level writing ability.
  5. Completed Occupational Therapy program application.

Non-OTA:

  1. Completion of the program prerequisites.
  2. Minimum overall grade point average of 3.0.
  3. Fifty hours of observation or volunteer experience.
  4. Three satisfactory professional recommendations.
  5. Demonstration of college-level writing ability.
  6. Completed Occupational Therapy program application.

Admission Requirements Continued-Traditional or WEC Program

Students whose native language is not English and who have not graduated from American universities must meet the previously listed admissions conditions, plus:
1. Have a verified TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) minimum total score of 89 with 26 or better in speaking and 24 or better in writing or a verified International English Language Testing System (IELTS) academic score with a minimum overall band score of 7.0. Students not supplying an IELTS score are required to test in the Intensive English Language Program, and if necessary, complete coursework in English.
2. Provide an affidavit of financial support (original), if not an American citizen or a permanent resident.

Program Minimum Progress Standards

The Occupational Therapy program minimum progress standards are more stringent than the University’s policy regarding graduate minimum progress. Please refer to the Occupational Therapy Program Student Handbook for program policies regarding minimum progress.