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Murray State University launches graduate occupational therapy program

MURRAY, Ky. (Feb. 1, 2018) — Murray State University is now accepting student applications for admission to the first cohort of the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program offered on the university’s regional campus in Paducah through the School of Nursing and Health Professions.

Coursework for the first cohort of the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program begins in June 2018 with applicants being notified of their acceptance as early as April 2018. The program, which consists of two years of continuous coursework along with two full-time field experiences, was granted candidacy status through the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education in December 2017.

“This is an excellent opportunity for students interested in a professional graduate degree in occupational therapy,” said Dr. Sherri Powers, program director. “Students will gain diverse experiences throughout the program and will be prepared to work in a variety of settings after passing their National Board Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) exam. There are a limited number of seats available, and we utilize a competitive application process, so I encourage students to act quickly.”

The field of occupational therapy focuses on promoting independence for clients to increase successful performance with activities of daily living. U.S. News and World Report recently ranked occupational therapy as the ninth best job in health care. And, from 2016 to 2026, projections of expected growth in the field should reach at least 24 percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, while adding more than 27,000 additional jobs to the workforce.

Murray State’s graduate program in occupational therapy is a 24-month, year-round curriculum that strengthens students’ critical inquiry, cultural competence and patient-care skills through didactic and clinical education, training them to tailor rehabilitation techniques for individual clients through evaluation and treatment. To prepare for their future careers in the industry, students in the occupational therapy program at Murray State will also benefit from experiences in a variety of real-world settings and fields, including school systems, early intervention treatment, long-term care, home health, mental health, rehabilitation and more.

Applications for the summer 2018 cohort are now available. Students must apply at murraystate.edu/apply and submit all documentation through the online Occupational Therapy Centralized Application System. There is a $40 non-refundable application fee for graduate admission.

Visit murraystate.edu/occupationaltherapy for specific admission requirements and more information about the program. For additional questions, please contact Dr. Sherri Powers, program director, at 270-809-1687 or [email protected].

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