Department of Occupational Therapy
Dean of the College of Health Professions: Koepke
Associate Chair: M. Dillon
Associate Professors: M. Dillon, T. Dillon, King, Schmelzer
Assistant Professors: Buddelmeyer, Griffiths
Instructors: Meredith, Rogliatti, Sakemiller
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
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.
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:
- Traditional program is for students to complete a Bachelor of Science degree in health sciences and a Master of Occupational Therapy degree.
- Weekend College (WEC) program is for students who have already earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
Students in both options 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.
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 completed a bachelor's degree. It is preferred but not necessary that the candidate has at least one year of health care-related experience.
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. Completion of the pre-professional course requirements for a Bachelor of Science degree.
Minimum overall grade point average of 3.0.
Fifty hours of observation or volunteer experience.
Three satisfactory professional recommendations.
Completed Occupational Therapy program application.
For the Weekend Program
Students wishing to apply for admission to the Weekend College Occupational Therapy program must have completed the following prerequisite courses: BIOL 201, BIOL 201L, PHYS 150 and PHYS 150L or OCTH 221, MATH 123 or BSLA 314, PSYC 100, PSYC 208, PSYC 233, and HEPR 220. Descriptions of these courses can be found in The University of Findlay's undergraduate catalog. Students must receive a "C" or better in all prerequisite courses. All prerequisite courses should be completed before making application to the program.
In addition, the following admission criteria must be met:
Minimum overall grade point average of 3.0 and a minimum science GPA of 3.0.
- Complete a total of 100 hours of observation in two different occupational therapy settings, with a minimum of 20 hours in each setting.
Possession of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution or first-professional doctorate degree, specifically when no baccalaureate degree was offered (e.g., Pharm.D.).
Completion of the Occupational Therapy Central Application Service (OTCAS) and Weekend College program supplement application materials.
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:
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.
- Provide an affidavit of financial support (original), if not an American citizen or a permanent resident.
The Occupational Therapy program reserves the right to make program and admission requirement changes without prior notice.
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.