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Post-Professional Masters Degree Program

 
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OT StudentsThe Post-Professional Masters in Occupational Therapy is designed as a 30 credit graduate program with two tracks, an interdisciplinary and pediatric concentration. Students in all tracks of the program will complete a total of 30 graduate credits. These credits will be distributed among the following categories:

  • Theory and Core: 9 credits
  • Research: 9 credits
  • Concentration: 12 credits

     

    This program is offered primarily in distance and intensive on-campus (5 day experiences) formats.

    The concentration courses can be taken in a pediatric or interdisciplinary track. The pediatric track includes courses currently being offered in the Post-Professional Pediatric Certificate Program. This allows for students who are interested in later applying for the Masters Degree to transfer their graduate credits from the certificate program into the Post Professional Masters Degree program. The interdisciplinary track includes courses from a variety of departments including education, nursing, and organizational management.

     

    Post Professional MS Program
    30 Credit Program

    An applicant who holds a baccalaureate degree in Occupational Therapy from a regionally accredited college or university must have Statistics as a prerequisite.


    Two (2) Year Completion
    Fall Spring Summer
    Year 1 Year 1 Year 1
    Specialization Class
    (3 cr)
    OT 520 Research Methods
    (3 cr)
    OT 690 Research Project I
    (3 cr)
        OT 570 Management
    (3 cr)
    Year 2 Year 2 Year 2
    OT 695 Research Project II
    (3 cr)
    HP 670 Grant Writing
    (3 cr)
    Specialization Class
    (3 cr)
    Specialization Class
    (3 cr)
    Specialization Class
    (3 cr)
    OT 630 Issues & Trends
    OR
    HP 600 Adv. Practice Pediatric Issues & Trends (3 cr)

     

    Specialization classes are offered each semester. A total of 4 specialization classes are required.

     

    Three (3) Year Completion
    Fall Spring Summer
    Year 1 Year 1 Year 1
    Specialization Class
    (3 cr)
    OT 520 Research Methods
    (3 cr)
    OT 690 Research Project I
    (3 cr)
    Year 2 Year 2 Year 2
    OT 695 Research Project II
    (3 cr)
    HP 670 Grant Writing
    (3 cr)
    OT 630 Issues & Trends
    OR
    HP 600 Adv. Practice Pediatric Issues & Trends
    Year 3 Year 3 Year 3
    Specialization Class
    (3 cr)
    Specialization Class
    (3 cr)
    OT 570 Management
    (3 cr)
        Specialization Class
    (3 cr)

     

    FALL 2013

    INTERDISCIPLINARY CLASS – OCCUPATIONAL THERAPISTS AND SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGISTS

    OT 625 (75) Adult Autism
    Instructor:
    Amy Lynch, PhD, OTR/L
    Course Description. This course investigates the lifespan challenges of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders transitioning through adolescence and participating in life as young adults. The student will participate in an active exploration of issues of the client with autism including: adolescent social and learning abilities, young adult vocational success, adult transition to independent living, and aging impacts. The student will learn how to evaluate and establish community-based treatment plans to support adolescent and adult aged clients with autism in attaining and sustaining the most independent living possible. The student will also gain knowledge in establishing clear resource support for their clients in the community.

    Class meets on campus, October 12, 2013 8am-4pm and online August 27 through December 10, 2013.

    HP 610 SPECIAL TOPICS ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY
    Instructor:
    Julie Wells, MS, OTR/L ATP
    Course Description: This course is designed to offer therapists and educators a detailed knowledge and skill level in the areas service provision involving the use of Assistive Technology. These can be low or high tech solutions and can impact areas of gross motor, fine motor, speech and language, self-feeding, social/adaptive play skill domains and education/learning. On campus classes include experiential lab and introduction to low and high tech devices.

    DISTANCE EDUCATION AUGUST 27 – OCTOBER 10, 2013 FOLLOWED BY ON CAMPUS LAB SUNDAY October 13, 2013 FROM 9AM-5PM.

    GCM 500 Geriatric Care Management I
    Instructor:
    - James Siberski MS, CMC
    This course will cover an introduction to geriatric care management, review standards and practice guidelines, cover geriatric assessment, psychopathologic conditions common in the elderly, ethics, care planning, communication issues, creating a business model and other related issues.

    COURSE MEETS ONLINE, DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED.

    GCM 510 Dementia
    Instructor:
    James Siberski, MS, CMC
    This course will concentrate on dementia’s that afflict the elderly in ever increasing numbers, focusing on the magnitude, pathology, progression, treatment and interventions of these diseases. Client, family, human service systems, long term care as well as personal care issues will be studied in depth. The course will offer opportunities for geriatric care managers to gain a pragmatic experience in dealing with dementia clients, their families and other care providers.

    COURSE MEETS ONLINE, DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED.

    OM 500: ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR
    Instructor:
    John Kachurick
    Course Description: Social and behavioral science approaches to the study of human activity in organizations. The course is designed to equip administrators with skills for managing interactions, differences and relationships in organizational settings.

    COURSE MEETS ON CAMPUS TUESDAY EVENINGS 6-8:30 PM, AUGUST 27-DECEMBER 3, 2013

    OM 509: FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT
    Instructor:
    Timothy Kearney
    This course is an introduction to the financial system and its relationship to the financing of business activities. The course emphasizes areas dealing with corporate financing decisions such as time value of money, security valuation, financial statement analysis, and financial forecasting.

    COURSE MEETS ON CAMPUS MONDAY EVENINGS 6-8:30 PM, AUGUST 26-DECEMBER 2, 2013.

    OM 530 LEGAL ASPECTS OF ADMINISTRATION
    Instructor:
    TBA
    This course provides students with an understanding of legal aspects of administrative action that includes the sources and scope of administrative authority and the function of the legal process. Case method of decision analysis is utilized, supplemented by lecture and discussion.

    COURSE MEETS ON CAMPUS WEDNESDAY EVENINGS 6-8:30 PM, AUGUST 28-DECEMBER 4, 2013.

    OM 536: MARKETING MANAGEMENT
    Instructor:
    John Mellon
    Course Description: An analytical approach to the study of marketing issues. Focus is on influence of the market place and the marketing environment, on decision making in regard to the determination of the organization’s services, fee structures, channels and strategies of communication and the organization’s system for planning and controlling its marketing effort.

    COURSE MEETS ON CAMPUS THURSDAY EVENINGS 6-8:30 PM, AUGUST 29-DECEMBER 5, 2013.

    OM 538: PERSPECTIVES IN MANAGEMENT
    Course Description:
    This course focuses on the changing nature of management in response to new challenges in the internal and external managerial environment. Emphasis is placed on the problem-solving aspects of the managerial process. Special areas include globalization of the decision-making/problem-solving process, motivation for performance, and fostering an atmosphere for innovation and creativity.

    COURSE MEETING TIME TO BE ANNOUNCED.


    Admissions Requirements:
    The Post-Professional Masters degree program requires submission of the following information for admissions consideration:

    • NBCOT initial certification as an occupational therapist
    • College transcripts from all prior academic work
    • Basic Statistics course
    • Undergraduate GPA of 2.8 or higher
    • Statement of professional goals and how matriculation in the Post Professional Masters degree Program can contribute to those goals.
    • 2 letters of reference

    Students taking courses in the Pediatric Certificate Program who wish to move into the Post Professional Masters Degree Program should apply by the final semester of their 12 credit certificate, if they have not completed formal application prior to that point.

    If students are not enrolled in the Pediatric Certificate Program, and they are interested in pursuing the Masters degree, they must formally apply to the Post Professional Masters Degree program after 6 credits of coursework.

    Transferring in Courses:
    Students in the Post Professional Masters Degree Program must take 30 graduate credits to receive the Masters of Science Degree. Credits transferable to this degree must be within the following guidelines:

    • All courses transferred in must be formally evaluated by the Registrar’s Office for transferability.
    • Students who have completed the Pediatric Certificate may apply the 12 credits toward the elective requirement of the post professional Masters. In all other instances, a maximum of 6 transfer credits will be accepted towards the 30 required for the Masters of Science degree.

    Coordinator of the Post-Professional Programs
    Ellen McLaughlin, EdD, OTR/L
    Associate Professor
    570-674-6399
    E-mail

     

    Frequently Asked Questions
    1. How long can I take to complete the Degree? The 30 credit Degree may be completed in as few as 2 years (5 semesters –completing 2 classes per semester) or up to a maximum of 3 years.
    2. Can I take more than 1 class per semester? Yes, you may complete up to 3 classes per semester in the fall and spring and up to 4 classes in the summer.
    3. When can I start? Students may begin any semester.
    4. What kind of computer access do I need?
      Technology-click here.
    5. Can these courses be applied towards the 36 Professional Development Units required by NBCOT for Certification renewal? Many of the courses in the Master’s degree can be applied to the PDU’s required by NBCOT. According to NBCOT, all content being offered for PDU credit must be relevant to the practice of occupational therapy. All courses in the Master’s degree program designated either OT or HP meet this requirement. A 3 credit graduate level course earns 30 Professional Development Units (PDU).
    6. Can I take individual classes or must I complete the entire degree? You may take individual classes, but space may be limited to practitioners intending to complete the degree. Strong preference is given to those who register early and commit to the Degree.
    7. What type of credits am I earning? All courses are graduate level courses.
    8. What can I expect in class size? Class size is between 10-20 students.
    9. What types of Financial Aid are available to me? In order to be considered for financial assistance, a student must be enrolled for a minimum of six (6) credits per semester. Students with a bachelor’s degree are not eligible for federal or state grant money. An alumni discount is available to Misericordia University degree or certificate holders. However, federal loan money is available. Tuition is $625 per credit.
    10. How does employer reimbursement or payment work? A tuition reimbursement letter stating the terms of the benefit, from the employer must be on file prior to registration. This payment plan permits tuition and fees to be paid up to thirty (30) days after the issuance of grades instead of at the time of registration. It is the responsibility of the student, not the employer to ensure that payment is made. Students receiving only partial tuition benefits must make arrangements to pay the costs that are not covered by the employer at the time of registration.
    11. Who can help me if I have questions? For information on the Post-Professional Masters of Occupational Therapy, please contact: Dr. Ellen McLaughlin, 570-674-6399 or E-mail.
    12. What areas of specialization are offered? Students may choose to apply 12 elective credits to Pediatric, Geriatric or an Interdisciplinary concentration.