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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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The Occupational Therapy Program and its faculty-mentors are committed to developing advanced clinical-scholars who are able to:

  • Apply the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to make well-informed judgments regarding content validity in research as well as implement evidenced-based clinical practices throughout the spectrum of care.
  • Advocate for clients, communities and entire populations’ right to receive prompt and effective occupational therapy services and employ newly gained transformative knowledge to develop and secure policies at local, state, regional and national levels.
  • Employ critical thinking, life-long learning, and analytical methodologies to leverage and justify resources that enhance the effectiveness of advanced therapeutic interventions.
  • Critically examine the rapid changes occurring throughout the health care landscape as well as understand issues regarding managed care, third party reimbursement, access to specialty care, and how occupational therapy will weave meaningful occupation into contemporary practice models.
  • Collaborate with peers, faculty-mentors, subject matter experts, researchers and practitioners regarding material from peer-reviewed publications and do so during synchronous and asynchronous postings and during formal class presentations.
  • Become a self-directed leaner consistent with an advanced scholar who is able to understand scientific evidence so that he/she is able to critically analyze, interpret and synthesize data while applying it within specific practice areas.