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Occupational Therapy (PhD)

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Courses of Study

Route 1

Occupational Therapists with a master's degree from an accredited institution may enter the PhD program and transfer up to 30 semester hours with the permission of the Director of the Doctoral Program. Students with a master's degree must complete:

course details credit hours
HPH 7300: Fundamentals of Biostatistics 3
HPH 7310: Statistical Inference 3
HPH 7400: Research Design (Quantitative) 3
HPH 7410: Research Methods (Qualitative) 3
HPH 7600: Grant Writing and Publication 3
OCT 7101: The Health Professional as Academic Educator 3
OCT 7104:  Occupational Science 3
OCT 7010: Theory Development for Models of Practice 3
OCT 7302: Contextual Aspects of Occupational Performance 3
OCT 7820: Applying Measurement Therapy to Evaluation 2
OCT 7860: Creative Leadership 3
Electives (Selected with graduate advisor approval to complement student's practice focus.) 12
OCT 8945: Studies for the Qualifying Examination 1
OCT 8950: Research Residency 3-6
OCT 8960: Doctoral Dissertation 6-12
Total: Minimum of 90

Route 2

Graduates of the NSU Occupational Therapy Doctorate Program (Dr.OT) may apply to the Ph.D. program on a space-available basis. If accepted, students must complete:

Courses

course details credit hours
NSU DrOT Program 39
HPH 7300: Fundamentals of Biostatistics 3
HPH 7310: Statistical Inference 3
HPH 7400: Research Design (Quantitative) 3
HPH 7410: Research Methods (Qualitative) 3
HPH 7600: Grant Writing and Publication 3
OCT 7101: The Health Professional as Academic Educator 3
OCT 7104:  Occupational Science 3
OCT 7820: Applying Measurement Theory to Evaluation 3
OCT 8945: Studies for the Qualifying Examination 1
OCT 8950: Research Residency 3-6
OCT 8970: Doctoral Dissertation 6-12
Electives 12
TOTAL minimum of 90

Route 3

Bridge to Ph.D. Program

The Bridge to Ph.D. program offers occupational therapists who have completed a postprofessional clinical doctorate in occupational therapy (O.T.D. or Dr.OT) an easy transition to a research doctoral program.

The admissions criteria and curriculum for the Bridge to Ph.D. program are the same as the Ph.D. programs; however students in the bridge program can transfer up to 12 credits from their previously completed doctoral program.

Transferred credits are accepted in lieu of up to two core courses and up to two elective courses and are subject to evaluation of course syllabi and grades by the Ph.D. program director.

Additional Information

Occupational Therapy Admissions Office:

- Keatta Jerry (954) 262-1114 or 800-356-0026, ext 21114.

- email: keatta@nova.edu

You may also contact the Academic Coordinator:

- (954) 262-1202 or 800-356-0026, ext 21202

Note: A prospective student should consult the University catalog. Should any discrepancies exist between the catalog and this Web Page, the University catalog will be considered to be the official binding document.

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