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Applications open for new master's program in occupational therapy

September 17, 2012

Indiana State University is accepting applications for its new Master of Science program in occupational therapy.

Classes in the eight-semester, 81-credit hour program are scheduled to start in May 2013. The program will include 27 weeks of clinical experience and other service-learning opportunities, said Jeanne Sowers, associate professor of applied medicine and rehabilitation and director of the occupational therapy program.

Curriculum will focus on educating future health care providers who possess skills as occupational therapists, consultants, educators, managers and researchers, Sowers said.

"We are excited to be able to offer a program that will provide unique clinical experiences and will focus on quality care for rural and underserved populations," she said.

Occupational therapy is among several new programs Indiana State's College of Nursing, Health, and Human Services has developed in recent years to address shortages of health care providers.

Like all programs in the college, it will stress an interprofessional approach, said Leamor Kahanov, chair of the applied medicine and rehabilitation department.

"Students will be educated alongside physical therapy, athletic training, physician assistant and nursing students. The goal is to learn not only the profession but how to work as a team for the best outcome of the patient," Kahanov said.

The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a need for more than 145,000 occupational therapists by 2020, a 33 percent increase from 2010.

Accreditation of Indiana State's occupational therapy program is pending with the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education. Applications from prospective students will be reviewed beginning Dec. 1 with rolling admissions until all positions are filled. More information about the program is available at http://www.indstate.edu/OT.

Contact: Jeanne Sowers, associate professor of applied medicine and rehabilitation, College of Nursing, Health, and Human Services, Indiana State University, Jeanne.sowers@indstate.edu

Writer: Dave Taylor, media relations director, Office of Communications and Marketing, Indiana State University, 812-237-3743 or dave.taylor@indstate.edu