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October 2013

City of Muskogee Foundation Backs NSU Occupational Therapy program for Nearly $1 Million

Excitement and support for Northeastern State University’s occupational therapy program is growing. The City of Muskogee Foundation recently welcomed the forthcoming program announcement with a $900k grant. The three-year award will be used to help offset occupational therapy programming start-up costs as the university debuts its newest health care degree on the Muskogee campus in January 2014.

According to the Eastern Oklahoma Regional Health Care Workforce Summit held in September 2010, occupational therapy is one of the most critical health care occupations needed in the region. NSU’s occupational therapy degree solidifies the university’s role as a regional leader in health care education offering degrees in nursing, dietetics and nutrition, speech-language pathology and medical laboratory science. The university also has a strong program in pre-professional health programming at both the undergraduate and post baccalaureate levels.

NSU’s Master of Science in occupational therapy envisions a 30-month, 81-hour program that will focus on training high-quality occupational therapists for the rural region of eastern Oklahoma. The program will be designed to meet the requirements of the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education of the American Occupational Therapy Association for professional accreditation. Cultural sensitivity education to the American Indians served in the area will be integrated throughout the curriculum and will complement the professional programming within the coursework. The program addresses curricular standards of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.

For more information on Northeastern’s OT program, contact the program director, Dr. Judy Melvin, at 918-444-5232.

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