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Doctor of Occupational Therapy | Dr. Ben Herz, Program Director

Doctor of Occupational Therapy | Dr. Ben Herz, Program Director

Dr. Ben Herz outlines the structure and benefits of the South University Doctor of Occupational Therapy program. Learn what makes South University's program different in this category.

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My name is Ben Herz, I am the program director of the Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program here at South University.

The program is actually designed for those people who already have an occupational therapy degree, both bachelors and masters. What we're doing is, we're concentrating more on the constructive critical thinking aspect, making sure that they're getting advanced knowledge using evidence based practices for that. Being able to support their area of practice, and look at the specialty area that they may be in, whether it's pediatrics or all through geriatrics, or even phycology.

There are two different tracks, the baccalaureate degree, of course, has a couple of courses that are gonna be prerequisite course that they would need to take before they come into the actual program. Masters can come in right away. I was one who went and got his doctorate after getting a degree, and it really brought me back to the nature of what occupational therapy is, and how to implement various different things into that. It just made me a better therapist, I think.

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Admissions
Admission Requirements

Admissions Criteria for the POTD Program:

  • Submit an admissions application
  • Possess a bachelor’s or master’s degree in occupational therapy or a bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy and a master’s degree in another field (e.g. MBA, MHSA, MPH, MHS etc.) from an acceptable accredited collegiate institution and have a CGPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale based on graduate education.
  • Hold and maintain a license as an occupational therapist in the U.S. state the student resides or practices (*this includes all U.S. Territories).
  • Submit official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended with the application.
  • A minimum of two years practice experience.
  • Submit an essay not to exceed 750 words explaining career goals and reason for seeking a clinical doctoral degree on the Application Essay form. This essay is to be handwritten (typewritten forms will not be accepted).
  • Submit a resume or curriculum vitae describing relevant work, professional and volunteer experiences.
  • Undergo a telephonic or in-person interview with the Program Director or his designee.

Any prerequisite courses considered for transfer will be evaluated by the Program Director for

Occupational Therapy.

Admission Tracks

Applicants who fully meet entrance criteria and have a Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy from an accredited institution will matriculate through Track A for their core and elective courses. Total credit hours required to graduate with a practice (clinical) Doctorate in Occupational Therapy at South University is 58 quarter hours in this track. Occupational Therapists with a Master’s in Occupational Therapy may graduate in a shorter period of time than do their colleagues with a Bachelor’s degree.

Applicants with a Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy and a related Master’s degree in Health Sciences, such as, a Master’s in Health Service Administration, Master’s in Clinical Social Work, Masters in Health Science, Master of Science in Nursing, Master in Public Health, or Masters of Business Administration-with an emphasis on healthcare will also matriculate into Track A.

Applicants with a Baccalaureate degree in Occupational Therapy from an accredited institution will matriculate into Track B, unless they can demonstrate proof of having taken the required prerequisite courses at an approved institution. Total credit hours required to graduate with a practice (clinical) Doctorate in Occupational Therapy at South University is 74 quarter hours in this track. Occupational Therapists with a Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy require a longer period of time to graduate than do their Master’s trained colleagues. This is based on the requirement of taking prerequisite courses embedded within the Doctor of Occupational Therapy curriculum.

Please refer to the Doctor of Occupational Therapy curriculum for further information.

http://www.southuniversity.edu/west-palm-beach/areas-of-study/occupational-therapy/occupational-therapy-doctor-of-occupational-therapy-otd/admissions