This UMMC doctorate program prepares occupational therapists who are able to provide education and intervention to individuals across the life span whose lives have been impacted by physical, cognitive, psychological or developmental problems or other individuals who could also benefit from health promotion services. The graduates of this new doctoral program will be uniquely trained to design activities for individuals or groups to maximize occupational performance in self-care, work, leisure and other daily occupations. In addition to the core skills required of an entry-level occupational therapist, the doctoral curriculum will include an increased emphasis on leadership and advocacy skills; broadened research efforts and dissemination; advancement into diverse, non-clinical areas of practice to promote wellness and population health; and skills in management and public policy. This will ensure an occupational therapy workforce in Mississippi is able to tackle the complex and changing healthcare needs of Mississippi residents.
The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) is the accrediting body for entry level occupational therapy programs in the United States. All new entry-level occupational therapy doctoral programs must be granted Candidacy Status, have a pre-accreditation review, complete an on-site evaluation, and be granted Accreditation Status for graduates to be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). The initial accreditation process will be ongoing throughout the first three years of the program; this process and timeline is standard across all newly developed programs seeking ACOTE accreditation. Visit the ACOTE website for more information about its accreditation process.
If you are interested in learning more about occupational therapy, you are invited to join us on campus for the School of Health Related Professions' Annual Program Awareness Day in the spring and Program Focus Day in the fall for a Q&A session.
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