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ABOUT THE MASTER OF SCIENCE IN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY

Occupational Therapy (OT) is skilled treatment that helps individuals achieve independence in all facets of their lives. It is intended to help people maintain the daily living skills necessary for independent and satisfying lives. The course of study for the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (OT) at Lenoir-Rhyne University combines classroom instruction with extensive laboratory experiences including clinical practicum and six months of internship. The program strives to prepare OT practitioners who are skilled professionals educated in the study of human growth and development, with specific emphasis on the social, emotional, and physiological effects of illness and injury.

OT is a multi-faceted profession. An effective curriculum must achieve a balance between technical skills, theoretical knowledge, service learning, and scientific inquiry. Our curriculum aims to develop reasoning, investigative and clinical skills; utilize current professional knowledge; and reflect upon performance in order for graduates to provide ethical, quality service that continues to evolve to meet the demands of the profession. Graduates of our program learn to:

  • Provide ethical and unbiased services to diverse populations,
  • Understand how setting or context changes OT roles, goals, and supervisory responsibility,
  • Demonstrate a general knowledge as skilled and caring clinicians,
  • Respond adaptively to situations,
  • Meticulously investigate their world and knowledge base,
  • Advocate the value and efficacy of occupational and occupational therapy services to clients, funders, and other professionals,
  • Apply theory and evidence to current and future cases.

We believe it is essential to develop reflective practitioners who respond adaptively to individual, community, and societal needs. Our program begins with foundational, active, inquiry-guided learning, and continues to provide increasingly more complex experiential learning experiences that result in practitioners who investigate their world, adapt to continual change, and serve individuals, communities and society with caring and ethical practices. The program provides students with opportunities and challenges that focus on occupation as the fundamental value central to the development of their professional identity and practice.

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ACCREDITATION
LR’s School for Occupational Therapy is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. (301-652-AOTA; www.acoteonline.org).

The LR Occupational Therapy program is offered in both Hickory, NC and Columbia, SC. (Columbia Distance Cohort approved Feb., 2017). Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will be eligible for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy examination. Lecture classes are provided through live interactive video networking, while lab and specialty classes are held separately at each location. Each location has full-time faculty who are licensed occupational therapists.

CURRICULAR OPTIONS

Occupational Therapy’s intensive 27-month cohort program has several threads that run throughout its courses and experiences to develop skilled clinical practitioners who are adaptable, investigatory, and service-oriented. Initial year courses provide introductory knowledge and specific skill instruction in areas of OT evaluation and treatment. The second year is primarily case-driven in which students are required to research client problems and treatment.

First semester foundational courses, occurring in the summer semester, contain the basic knowledge and framework emphasizing the structure and function of the human body and the OT Scope of Practice. Initial summer classes include lecture and lab courses in musculoskeletal anatomy, applied neuroscience for rehabilitation and principles of occupational therapy.

The first year continues with clinical courses covering primary areas of practice (physical rehabilitation, mental health, pediatrics, and geriatrics), health systems, evidence-based practice, assistive technology and therapeutic process for orthopedic-functioning. The clinical courses provide lecture and laboratory instruction as well as an embedded 40-hour internship.

Students begin their second year, occurring during the summer semester, with a 12-week internship. Students begin to utilize their knowledge base and clinical reasoning to provide ethical and increasingly skilled service. Students take courses such as Treatment and Assessment and Grand Rounds that require them to systematically evaluate and treat clients and present their case findings. Students research specific cases representing a wide range of populations, practice arenas, and client-centered goals. During the second year, courses include professional reasoning, leadership, administration and program development, therapeutic processes for cognitive and neurological functioning and school systems practice.

The final semester, occurring in the summer semester, entails a second 12-week internship. During that time, students will utilize their knowledge base and reasoning to provide ethical unbiased service in a variety of situations.

AFTER GRADUATION

Students who successfully complete the Master’s degree program are expected to demonstrate the competencies essential for entry-level practitioners, as designated by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE).

Most states require that Occupational Therapists obtain a license before they may practice. Initial state licenses are issued on the basis of NBCOT certification and verification of completion of all academic and fieldwork requirements by an accredited program. Persons who have been convicted of a felony may not be eligible for taking the certification exam or obtaining state licensure. The National Certification Examination for Occupational Therapists is administered by an independent testing service, the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).

Program Requirements

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION REGARDING OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY

Lenoir-Rhyne’s School of Occupational Therapy was reaccredited by ACOTE on December 2, 2012 for a period of seven years for academic years 2011-12 and 2018-19.

National Board for Certification Occupational Therapy Certification Results

For the three most recent calendar years (2013, 2014, 2015) the performance of the graduates of the occupational therapy program on the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) certification examination was as follows:

Graduation Year

Number of New Graduates Taking Exam That Year

Number of New Graduates Passing The Exam

Percentage of New Graduates Passing The Exam

Percentage of First-time New Graduates Passing the Exam

Graduation Rate

2013

24

24

100%

100%

70%

2014

19

19

100%

95%

70%

2015

29

29

100%

97%

94%

Total 3-year

72

72

100%

98.8%

78%

For additional information, visit www.aota.org or www.acoteonline.org or contact the AOTA at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-344; (301) 652-2682.

* ACOTE standard A.5.6 now requires reporting of the number of new graduates (within 12 months of graduation) who have passed the NBCOT Certification Exam.

Program Contact

Dr. Toni Oakes

Professor of Occupational Therapy, Chair of the School of Occupational Therapy
Hickory Campus

Jane Moretz

Administrative Assistant, Contract Coordinator College of Health Science
Hickory Campus

Occupational Therapy Faculty

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Nicole Coffey

Titles: Adjunct Instructor, Occupational Therapy
Locations: Hickory Campus
Email:

Stacey Driscoll

Titles: Adjunct Instructor, Occupational Therapy
Locations: Hickory Campus
Email:

Dr. Brad Egan

Titles: Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy, Site Coordinator, Occupational Therapy
Locations: Columbia Campus
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: 803.461.3320

Dr. Sue Friguglietti

Titles: Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy, Academic Fieldwork Coordinator
Locations: Hickory Campus
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: 828.328.7401

Candace Jenkins

Titles: Adjunct Instructor, Occupational Therapy
Locations: Hickory Campus
Email:

Dr. Michael McGee

Titles: Dean of the College of Health Sciences, Professor of Health, Exercise, and Sport Science, Program Director of Athletic Training
Locations: Hickory Campus
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: 828.328.7127

Jane Moretz

Titles: Administrative Assistant, Contract Coordinator College of Health Science
Locations: Hickory Campus
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: 828.328.7367

Dr. Anita Niehues

Titles: Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy
Locations: Hickory Campus
Email:

Dr. Teresa Norris

Titles: Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy
Locations: Hickory Campus
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: 828.328.7446

Dr. Toni Oakes

Titles: Professor of Occupational Therapy, Chair of the School of Occupational Therapy
Locations: Hickory Campus
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: 828.328.7366
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