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New Occupational Therapy Doctorate To Admit Students in Fall

Yeshiva University’s new entry-level doctorate in occupational therapy (OTD), offered by the Katz School of Science and Health, can be completed in less than three years with just a bachelor’s degree, and graduates will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination sponsored by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy.

Students will be able to apply their knowledge in the program’s state-of-the-art labs for active daily living, neurosensory integration and modalities, where they will design assistive technologies to help clients adapt to their environment and improve functional their independence. Students will also have access to a virtual cadaver lab where they will examine the anatomical and physiological components underlying human motion.

“The program will integrate theory, research and practice to develop caring and competent practitioners,” said Dr. Paul Russo, dean of the Katz School. “The program incorporates the hands-on experiential learning our programs are known for with leading academics and meaningful, real-world fieldwork.”

Dr. Nicolaas van den Heever, director of the program and an internationally renowned occupational therapist and researcher, said students in the OTD will develop the intellectual rigor for translating research into evidence-driven interventions. "They also will gain the inter-professional recognition among peers that comes with a clinical doctoral degree,” he said.

Occupational therapy helps people of all ages gain greater independence and confidence in performing the tasks of everyday living. The number of occupational therapy jobs is expected to grow nationwide by 18% over the next eight years, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, and occupational therapy is listed among the best 20 health care jobs in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Located in the Rousso Building in the Bronx, the program has been granted candidacy status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education.

“The entry-level doctorate in occupational therapy represents the new standard of excellence in clinical practice,” said Dr. Russo. “The program aligns perfectly with the Katz School’s commitment to make our world smarter, safer and healthier.”

The Katz School of Science and Health is an academic powerhouse in the heart of New York City. It offers master's programs in five sectors that are redefining the economy: Artificial Intelligence, Cybersecurity, Biotech and Health, Digital Media, and Fintech. In the lab, classroom and clinic, we lead with kindness, integrity, generosity and a commitment to making the world safer, smarter and healthier.