Indiana Wesleyan University is proud to announce an entry-level Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) program, housed within the School of Health Sciences. This degree program will be headed by Douglas Morris, PhD, OTR/L. He brings over 15 years of academic experience to this position. Under his leadership, the new OTD program has been granted full Candidacy status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). All classes will be taught in the new $42.8 million dollar Sciences and Nursing Building.
Academic Fieldwork Coordinator, Melissa Khosla, OTD, OTR graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University as an undergraduate, continuing on to complete a master's degree in Child Development from Erikson Institute and a doctoral degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Illinois-Chicago. She has worked with children and families in various settings ranging from home-health to leading support groups for parents of children with disabilities, and most recently spent time in a skilled-nursing facility. Melissa's passion is encouraging and supporting families as they achieve life balance through traditional and complementary therapies.
The vision of the Indiana Wesleyan University Occupational Therapy Program is to glorify God by changing the world of healthcare through the preparation of students who fully embrace the art and science of the occupational therapy, thus enabling graduates to provide compassionate, creative, ethical, and evidence-based services in an increasingly diverse and technologically advanced world.
The mission of the Occupational Therapy Program is to provide a Christ-centered curriculum to educate practitioners who will collaborate interprofessionally to promote client-centered, occupation-based practice and provide servant leadership within their communities. We value an active learning environment that fosters the holistic personal and professional development of students, faculty, and community members.
The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) has developed standards for doctoral-level programs. The curriculum of the OTD program has been designed with those standards in mind. IWU has been granted candidacy status through ACOTE. Following an on-site accreditation visit from an ACOTE review team in the spring of 2017, ACOTE will make a decision regarding accreditation of the program. Once accreditation of the program has been obtained, 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, most 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.
c/o Accreditation Department
American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200
Bethesda, MD 20814-3449
Phone number for AOTA is: 301-652-AOTA
The Higher Learning Commission conducted their regional accreditation visit on August 18 and 19, 2014 and granted approval for the OTD program.
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