Occupational Therapy News & Events

OT Masters to Doctorate

The Rockhurst University Department of Occupational Therapy is currently in the process of transitioning from a masters to a doctoral-level program, pending final approvals by state, regional and national accrediting bodies. Pending HLC and final ACOTE approvals. The new, entry-level Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) program builds on the successes of its Master of Occupational Therapy program and is designed for those who wish to enter the profession with the highest level of preparation. Our high-quality program will boast an engaging, rigorous curriculum whereby students experience interprofessional teams and engage in a variety of service-learning opportunities with community partners. The program is designed for students to develop skills in advanced practice, promote leadership skills and enhance research endeavors. The first OTD cohort is scheduled to start in the summer semester of 2021.* Rockhurst University is scheduled to graduate its last Master of Occupational Therapy cohort in May of 2022.

*The Rockhurst University entry-level Doctor of Occupational Therapy program has been granted Applicant Status through the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) and is pending final approvals by state, regional and national accrediting bodies. ACOTE is a part of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite. 200 Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE’s telephone number, c/o AOTA, is 301-652-AOTA (2682) and its web address is acoteonline.org.

 

Playing, With a Purpose — Short, Intensive Therapy Helmed by OT Faculty, Alumna, Yields Dramatic Results

Through the tunnel. Pick out a hat. Return to the tunnel. Repeat, this time with socks.

That was the game – and the challenge — for a group of children participating in summer therapy programs at Ability KC, an organization that provides medical, therapeutic and educational services for children and adults with disabilities.

It all sounds like fun and games — it is! — but all of these activities come with a very particular purpose. The children taking part all have one arm wrapped in a cast, part of an intensive monthlong constraint-induced movement therapy (CIMT) program held each year at Ability KC by Katie Ryan-Bloomer, Ph.D., assistant professor of occupational therapy at Rockhurst University, where she works alongside therapists including Bethany Tackett, a 2013 Master of Occupational Therapy graduate and occupational therapist at Ability KC, and current Rockhurst University OT student volunteers. Read more