The laughter and smiles show kids at camp enjoying themselves. But this camp, now in its 18th year, serves important therapeutic and educational purposes.
The MUSC Division of Occupational Therapy is among the nation's finest, ranked in the top 10 percent (#17) by US News and World Report. The program now offers a graduate, entry level Occupational Therapy Doctorate (ELOTD) curriculum which begins each year in late May and culminates with an individualized capstone project. Incoming students must have completed a bachelor's degree and all related prerequisite coursework prior to entering the program. The curriculum is full-time, year-round and takes 3 years to complete.
The MUSC Division of Occupational Therapy program now offers a graduate, post-professional Occupational Therapy Doctorate (PPOTD) designed for experienced occupational therapists who desire to advance their careers. Applicants admitted to the program must have completed a master's degree in occupational therapy. The program is currently part-time, completed online with three weekend sessions per year, and takes 5 semesters to complete.
The MUSC Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy is transitioning to the Occupational Therapy Doctorate and will graduate its last class in July of 2020.
The entry-level occupational therapy doctoral degree program has applied for accreditation and has been granted Candidacy Status 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. ACOTE's telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is www.acoteonline.org. The program must have a pre-accreditation review, complete an on-site evaluation, and be granted Accreditation Status before its graduates 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 individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.
The Occupational Therapy program's accrediting body is the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc.: