On behalf of the NSU Tampa Bay- Department of Occupational Therapy, please accept a sincere welcome to the Entry-Level Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) Program. We know that you worked hard to meet admission requirements, so we want you to feel the significance of joining the Class of 2023. You are embarking on an educational journey that blends virtual with face-to-face learning experiences designed with your needs and learning style in mind. Using the department’s curriculum model, which is reiterative, rigorous, recursive, and relational, you will learn not only the “how,” but also the “why” and the evidence for occupational therapy practice.
The 3 1/3 years of your doctoral preparation will fly swiftly, because you will engage actively in virtual and face-to-face didactic, research, and clinical experiences that prepare you to serve as part of a team of interdisciplinary health professionals at various practice settings. Upon graduation, you may find yourself working in places such as hospitals, schools, research facilities, and outpatient and home health settings as well as in emerging practice areas of occupational therapy.
I look forward to meeting each of you and officially welcome you to the NSU family.
Ricardo C. Carrasco, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA
Director & Professor