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Elizabethtown College offers a combined BS/MS Occupational Therapy program that requires five years of academic study and six months of clinical fieldwork. The program awards both a Bachelor of Science in Health and Occupation and a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy.
Occupational Therapy is a health profession that helps to improve the well-being and functions of people with developmental delay and physical and psychological dysfunction. The student in occupational therapy undertakes a program that integrates the humanities and the behavioral and physical sciences with professional study. The primary objective is to prepare the student as a generalist practitioner who is qualified for employment in hospitals, community agencies, schools, rehabilitation centers, extended-care facilities and related human services agencies. With this foundation, the beginning therapist can progress to specialized areas of clinical practice as well as research, administration and academia.
Graduates of the program who earn a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist, administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the graduate will be an occupational therapist, registered (OTR). In addition, most states require licensure to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT certification examination. A felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT examination or attain state licensure.
Important Note: Students must complete a Bachelor of Science in Health and Occupation at Elizabethtown College in order to enter the Master's program. At this time, the Occupational Therapy Program is not able to accept transfer students.
The Occupational Therapy program has maintained a fully-accredited status since the initial accreditation in 1976 by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). The organization can be contacted at:
Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE)
Box 31220, 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200
Bethesda, MD 20814-3449
Phone 301-652-2682; Fax 301-652-1417
NBCOT RESULTS INFORMATION
The total number of graduates who passed the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) examination as first-time new graduate test takers in 2010-2012 was 69 out of 83, which is a pass rate of 83.1%. During that 3-year time period, the program had 81 graduates.
During that same period the pass rate for Level II fieldwork was 99.5%.
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