The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences (USA) is proud to announce a unique and flexible part-time opportunity to obtain a Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) degree through our Flex distance education program in St. Augustine, FL.
The mission of the University's MOT program is to graduate a diverse population of practitioners who have the skills necessary to analyze human occupation and to implement science-driven and evidence-based interventions that promote quality of life for the clients whom they serve. The graduates will contribute to their profession and to a global society through their competence, ethical standards and professionalism.
Termed Flex, this program offers the university’s entry level occupational therapy curriculum online with corresponding lab sessions on weekends. The Flex MOT student can graduate from this 10 trimester part-time program while still maintaining their current employment and location.
The model represents an expansion of the on-campus, entry-level MOT Program in place at USA. The same mission and curriculum used in the full-time program is utilized in the Flex Program with the only differences being a reduction in the number of credits taken per term and the distance education delivery format. The Flex Program pre-requisites, admission requirements, academic calendar, tuition, and policies are the same as the on-campus program. Students in the Flex Program complete 2 full-time (part-time option is available) fieldwork experiences that are 12 weeks in length as the last part of the program.
More than 50% of the coursework is delivered on-line to the student. The online courses consist of web-based text with extensive graphics, videos, and audio clips. There are opportunities provided for faculty-to-student and student-to-student synchronous and asynchronous interactive collaboration. Assessment of online learning outcomes includes a wide variety of evaluation tools depending on the course objectives such as: 1) regular quizzes completed online, 2) graded bulletin board assignments, 3) case reports, 4) group projects, 5) research papers, 6) article critiques and 7) proctored exams.
The University’s pioneering efforts in Physical and Occupational Therapy education brought distance education and its associated technologies to our degree and non-degree programs. By using distance education, we are able to bring education anytime, anywhere and to supplement all programs with the ability to review and study online. Our students, even when on clinical affiliation, continue to receive instruction from the University through our distance education platform.
We strive to offer the highest quality classroom instruction and online courses while taking pride in making the entire educational experience accessible and interactive for students. This blended learning approach allows our students to have a vast range of learning techniques at their fingertips. All online courses were developed with an in-depth understanding of the educational needs of our students, how they will best retain the information provided to them and the ease of accessibility to key university support services and staff to offer assistance along the way. Our lab classes are taught in a hands-on setting, while some portions of the course content are presented through a variety of interactive distance activities and augmented by in-class discussions.
In courses with a lab component, students come together for up to 16 hours of laboratory classes per weekend for no more than seven weekends a trimester and usually four weekends. The lab sessions provide an avenue for teaching activities not well suited for online delivery such as the hands-on learning that is vital to occupational therapy education, as well as oral presentations, lab practical testing, socialization activities, and some proctored written examinations. Additionally, students may have to make arrangements for locally proctored exams at other times, which may include non-lab weekends.
The University of St. Augustine is accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC), a national accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). The Commission for Independent Education, Florida Department of Education licenses the University to award the MOT degree. The MOT on-campus program is fully accredited by the American Council on Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) which has given the approval for the FLEX program to begin its first class in January, 2013.