The School of Health Professions and Human Services is launching a new graduate program in occupational therapy beginning this fall.
The Master of Science in Occupational Therapy is designed to prepare graduates to become registered and licensed health professionals who help clients with mental, physical, emotional or developmental issues or disabilities develop or recover the skills they need to live life fully. Applications for the fall 2015 inaugural class will be accepted beginning July 17, but prospective students who have questions about the program can contact Program Director and Associate Professor of Health Professions Dr. Sandra Countee via email before then.
“There is a growing need for qualified occupational therapy practitioners, whose employment outlook is expected to grow much faster than average,” said Dr. Countee. “With the addition of this program to an already-robust slate of academic offerings in Department of Health Professions, OT students can take advantage of interprofessional learning activities and projects with other disciplines such public health, athletic training, and exercise science.”
She notes that Hofstra’s program, in particular, will have a community focus in which students will have guided and supervised experiences with clients beginning in the first semester of study. “We are excited for the future of this program, and the endless possibilities that it presents for our students,” she said.
The program is offered on weekdays and evenings, and can be completed in two years of full-time study and six months of fieldwork.
“The occupational therapy program is an essential addition to our commitment to prepare the next generation of healthcare professionals and leaders in the region,” noted Kathleen Gallo, dean of the School of Health Professions and Human Services.
Occupational therapists work in numerous settings ranging from schools and hospitals to community centers, businesses and nursing homes. Their responsibilities can include helping children with disabilities engage fully in school, teaching individuals with injuries how to regain skills, or providing support for older adults going through physical and cognitive changes.