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    UTMB to offer new master’s degree

    UTMB to offer new master's degree

    From staff reports
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    Published February 17, 2003

    The University of Texas Medical Branch is accepting applications for a new master's in occupational therapy degree program.

    The program, to begin this August, is designed to respond to higher national standards for occupational therapists.

    The 82-credit-hour curriculum, offered through UTMB's School of Allied Health Sciences, may be completed in two years on the full-time track or in three to four years part-time.

    Applicants should have a baccalaureate degree with certain prerequisite courses; the GRE is not required.

    UTMB's program ensures that graduates will be prepared to work in a variety of settings, said Loree Primeau, who holds a doctorate in occupational science and serves as associate professor and chair of UTMB's Department of Occupational Therapy.

    "Practical training in many other programs is hospital-based, but we have a unique emphasis on emerging areas of practice in the community, giving our students experience outside the traditional hospital or clinic settings," Primeau said.

    Through a federal grant, occupational therapy students at UTMB complete practicum hours in community-based settings, such as resource centers for people who are homeless, after-school programs for children at risk, residential centers for women in recovery from alcohol and substance abuse, and local county health units.

    "The role of an occupational therapist is very broad," Primeau said. "We help people do the things they want to do, need to do or are required to do. That can mean helping a child with autism learn how to play with others, teaching a young man to feed himself after a spinal cord injury, or helping a woman return to her job after an accident."

    UTMB's new offering reflects a decision by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education that will require all occupational therapy students to graduate with a post-baccalaureate degree to sit for the national credentialing exam. The requirement will be effective January 2007.

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    Max, Might not this topic be better placed in one of the news forums? Don't mean to bust your chops here, and I do wish you a warm welcome back - even i missed you!

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