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    Online Ph.D. Degree in Occupational Therapy

    INSTITUTION INFORMATION Institutional Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Program Accreditation: Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education Institutional Membership(s): SOC PROGRAM DETAILS Program Information: Doctor of Philosophy - Doctoral Enrollment: 75 seats total Application Deadline: Open How Students and Instructors Communicate: Chat Room, E-mail, Online Assignment Submission, Postal, Threaded Discussion Board, Voice, Campus visits Subject: Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General METHOD OF COURSE INSTRUCTION

    The program is delivered primarily through internet

    Supplemental delivery formats include internet

    This course uses WebCT

    The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program in Occupational Therapy (OT) is designed for the OT professional to provide advanced knowledge needed to conduct research and expand career mobility and professional advancement. Doctoral-prepared OT professionals are highly recognized as valuable members of the health care team in administration, education, and health care practice. OT professionals are playing a prominent and respected role in providing and administering community and hospital-based services. An increasing number of employers are seeking doctoral-level, academically prepared professionals to fill expanded roles that include clinical specialization, health education, research, and OT administration.

    The mission of the Ph.D. program is to develop a scholarly practitioner who will exert leadership in advancing the base of knowledge regarding the practice of occupational therapy. In addition to those competencies expected of the graduate of the O.T.D. program, Ph.D. graduates will also demonstrate independent scholarly activities such as clinical research and theory development.

    The program prepares occupational therapy practitioners who have the theoretical knowledge, critical thinking skills, and interactive capabilities to serve those needing occupational therapy intervention. Particular emphasis is placed on working with all members of South Florida's culturally diverse population, particularly the urban and rural underserved. Where possible and appropriate, course work is multidisciplinary in nature, providing the basis for interaction of health professionals. Students are prepared to think clearly, communicate effectively, understand new technologies, solve problems creatively, and appreciate the contribution of activities to the enhancement of the quality of life. Lastly, the program fosters an understanding of the political issues facing our profession, and instills a proactive approach to build future leaders of the profession.


    Courses in the Ph.D. program are organized into four areas: leadership, advanced practice, entrepreneurship, and research. New courses may be added each semester. Students take courses across all four areas. They are required to take the starred courses (*). The Ph.D. is a research degree that requires 90 credits past the bachelor抯 degree. It is primarily an online program of study with minimal on-campus requirements. The on-campus requirement is satisfied through
    (1) an orientation for new students; (2) campus visits at the end/beginning of each semester for a four-day weekend (two days to wrap up the semester and two days to launch the beginning of the next semester); and (3) attendance at two four-week on-campus summer research institutes. Weekends occur in September, January, and May. The summer research institutes begin with the May weekend.

    Course Work�

    *OCT 6005 Critical Thinking Strategies to Enhance Self-directed Learning
    *OCT 6860 Creative Leadership
    OCT 6102 The Occupational Therapist as Academic Educator
    OCT 6109 The Occupational Therapist and Cultural Diversity
    OCT 6132 Advanced Legal and Ethical Issues in Practice
    OCT 6133 Advanced Policy Issues
    OCT 6150 Professional Presentation of Self

    Advanced Practice
    *OCT 6010 Theory Development for Models of Practice
    *OCT 6103 Occupation-centered Practice
    OCT 6104 Occupational Science
    OCT 6180 Neuroscience Foundation of Occupational Performance
    OCT 6211 Sensory Integration Aspects of Occupational Performance
    OCT 6241 Child and Infant Mental Health
    OCT 6242 OT Practice with Children and Youth with Autism
    OCT 6244 Low Vision Across the Lifespan
    OCT 6793 Wellness and Health Promotion
    OCT 6769 Community Practicum

    OCT 6767 Community Program Development I
    OCT 6768 Community Program Development II
    OCT 6789 Small Business Development
    OCT 6791 Practicum: Finding and Developing Funding Sources
    OCT 6831 The Occupational Therapist as Consultant

    OCT 6006 Research Process of Discovery
    *OCT 6820 Applying Measurement Therapy to Evaluation
    *OCT 6170 Research Methods for Occupational Therapy I
    *OCT 6171 Research Methods for Occupational Therapy II
    *OCT 6173 Statistical Measures for Occupational Therapists
    *OCT 7930 Research Seminar
    *OCT 7940 Proposal Seminar
    *OCT 7950 Research Residency
    *OCT 7970 Doctoral Dissertation

    狢ourses in bold-italicized are taken on campus during the summer institutes. All others are taken online.
    Online students are provided university computer accounts but must obtain their own Internet service providers and use their own computer. The following minimum computer system requirements are specified on the program抯 web site and brochure:

    IBM-compatible PC:
    � Pentium 400MHz minimum Processor
    � 64 MB RAM
    � Video capable of 800 X 600 display or better
    � CD ROM capability
    � Full duplex sound card and speakers
    � 56K modem
    � Internet connection with private Internet Service Provider (ISP) for access from home to the Internet (connection to the Internet must not initiate from behind a firewall)
    � Windows 95/98/2000/ME/XP or NT
    � Microsoft Office 97 with PowerPoint, Word, and Excel minimum
    � Surge suppressor electrical outlet
    � Suggested option: Zip drive
    Online students are provided access to the same library resources normally available to on-campus students. The university抯 Distance Library Services (DLS) are accessible from a web site that provides online students with the ability to conduct index and catalog searches, request books, journal articles, and other documents using online forms, and to contact a reference librarian. Students may also communicate with the DLS office using email, telephone, and fax. The university's Electronic Library provides access to over 10 million volumes, 200 online databases, and 28,000 full-text journals. All materials mailed by the library are sent by first-class mail. When books are borrowed, the student has to pay a small charge for third-class postage to return them. Books are loaned for one month. Periodical copies or ERIC documents need not be returned.

    Barnes & Noble College Bookstores, as the university's official bookstore, offers comprehensive bookstore services to our local and online students and carries textbooks for all the university抯 courses. While students have the option to purchase textbooks from other online and local sources, there are benefits from purchasing from the university's bookstore (on-campus or online), including better availability. The university's bookstore provides the full-spectrum of shipping options. The school insures that required textbooks are available, and then posts them on its website at least one month prior to the start of each term. Students should place their orders early enough to ensure delivery prior to the start of the term.
    The Office of Student Financial Assistance administers the university抯 financial aid programs of grants, loans, scholarships, and student employment and provides professional financial advisers to help students plan for the most efficient use of their financial resources for education. In order to participate in financial aid programs, a student must be admitted into a university program and must be a citizen, a national, or a permanent resident of the United States, or be in the United States for other than a temporary purpose.

    A prospective student who requires financial assistance must apply for financial aid while he or she is a candidate for admission. Students/applicants may apply for financial aid online. For additional information or application forms call 800-806-3680 or 954-262-3380. To continue financial aid, at a minimum, enrolled students must demonstrate satisfactory academic progress toward a stated educational objective in accordance with the university抯 policy on satisfactory progress for financial aid recipients.


    The doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) in occupational therapy is conferred in recognition of a demonstrated ability
    to master a specific field of knowledge and to conduct significant independent research. A minimum of 90
    semester credits of graduate work beyond the baccalaureate is required including a research residency and a
    In order to earn the Ph.D. degree, students must complete 90 credits past the bachelor's degree in the program and must attain an 80% or above in each course.
    Academic and support services are coordinated through the doctoral program office. Faculty advisement is accomplished by the previously mentioned electronic means and via face-to-face meetings when students visit the campus. The program office is available "live" from 8:30 AM until 5:00 PM daily Monday through Friday EST. All email and fax correspondence is replied to within 24 hours of receipt by the program.
    Up to 30 credits may be transfered from previous graduate work of B or better completed within the past twelve years.
    The Ph.D. program is delivered primarily online supplemented with minimal on-campus requirements. The on-campus requirement is satisfied through campus visits at the end/beginning of each semester for a four-day weekend (two days to wrap up the semester and two days to launch the beginning of the next semester). In addition, Ph.D. students complete two on-campus institutes, each of which is a four week summer session at the Health Professions Division Main Campus in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.


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