Philadelphia University’s MS in Occupational Therapy (OT) program received a 10-year accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). The accreditation comes with an exemplary rating. There were no recommendations for improvement made by the Council. Established in 1998, the OT program is unique in its delivery as a distance-education format with weekend classes on campus. Enrollment has continued to grow over the years, and there is a full complement of 32 students in the incoming class.
Numerous areas of strength were noted in the Council’s report. According to Matt Baker, dean of the School of Science and Health, “this program is a national model.”
Major strengths of the program noted in the Council report included the strong support of the program by University administrators; the program’s multidisciplinary collaborations, especially with the School of Design and Media; the innovative, hybrid, distance-learning format; articulation by faculty, staff and students of the application of theory within emerging and traditional settings expressed through a unique, textile-related graphic; the cohesive fieldwork model; and the success of graduates as positive representatives of the University and the program, and valuable resources to the profession.
“High quality students and a dedicated faculty are the foundation of this accreditation,” said Cynthia Haynes, the program’s interim director. Dr. Baker added, “With our strong, innovative curriculum, delivered consistently by faculty committed to preparing students, our OT graduates are solidly prepared to step into a challenging and rewarding profession.”�