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Flexible (Flex) Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) Program
St Augustine, Florida Campus
Inaugural Class – January, 2013

What is the Flex MOT Program?
The Flex MOT program is a combination of distance education and on-campus weekend labs.  It is designed for students who need flexibility. The scheduling allows for attendance of lab sessions on weekends with the ability to continue to work and/or not to have to move to St. Augustine. It enables individuals seeking a career as an Occupational Therapist who for personal or financial reasons cannot attend a full-time, campus-based program, to earn a Master of Occupational Therapy degree.

Is the program content different between the Flex and the full-time program?
No. Both programs have the same courses with the same objectives. The difference is in the delivery method and the number of courses taken each trimester.

Will I earn the same degree as someone who is enrolled in the full-time program?  
Yes

Does the Flex MOT program cost more than the full-time MOT program?
No – the tuition for the Flex program is the same only it is divided over 9 trimesters rather than 6.

How long is the program?
The program is divided over 9 trimesters with a range of nine to twelve credits per trimester.  Each trimester is 15 weeks long. There are 3 trimesters a year (September, January and May).

Can I work and attend this program?
Yes. With your classroom component offered online you can determine when in the day or night you want to complete your studies and assignments. Please Note: You will have required weekends that you must be on campus to complete the lab portions of several of the courses in the curriculum. You would not be able to work on those weekends.

How many students are in each cohort?
The program plans to enroll at least 10 students two times a year (January and September). Your OCT courses (OT students only) will have only your cohort group which could be as small as 10 and not more than 20. Your HSC courses (combined with other Health Science students) could have as many as 50 students.

Is fieldwork required and how is that accomplished?
In several terms during the program you may be involved in local fieldwork experiences. There are two twelve week fieldwork experiences which come at the end of the program that must be done full-time and would require you to step away from your job for those experiences. Our clinical education department makes every effort to schedule fieldwork within two hours of your location but that is not a guarantee and the competition for good facilities to train students is increasing.

How is the coursework delivered?
Classroom lectures/materials are delivered online or in another distance format such as DVDs.  The online education could consist of web-based text, videos, or voice over powerpoints. There are opportunities for faculty-to-student and student-to-student interactions via electronic communication. Assignments may include, but are not limited to:  online discussion questions, online quizzes and exams, proctored exams, article critiques, case reports, and papers.

How will I know what to do if I have never taken an online course?
You will complete an online orientation course to help you learn to navigate course software and prepare you to be an online student. There is also a help section in each course and tech support that is readily accessible. If you can write and send an e-mail and access a web address on the Internet, you have the skills necessary for the online learning environment.

Who is the faculty teaching in the MOT Flex Program?
The Flex program uses existing on-campus faculty who have an interest in teaching online, online instructors from other programs, and lab instructors who are experienced clinicians.  Our faculty is comprised of experienced online educators with a wide variety of clinical expertise.

How do the on campus lab sessions work?
Weekend lab sessions are held on the St Augustine, FL. campus. The majority of the trimesters require only 3 to 4 weekends on campus per trimester but there are 2 trimesters that require 7 weekends of lab sessions. You will be in class 16 hours during those weekends. The lab sessions provide the avenue for learning information or skills that cannot be taught successfully in the online format (for example, cadaver lab, basic skills such as transfers or manual muscle testing and treatment skills such as neurodevelopmental therapy or dysphagia management). These types of hands-on experiences are critically important for occupational therapy education.  In addition, this is time for proctored exams, oral presentations and social networking.

How will I access University services?
Student enrollment services, tech support, financial aid and library services are available for all students.  E-mail and using the University website provide communication avenues for students at a distance.  The online platform is an individual portal to access course materials and other information as needed.  

Is the program accredited?
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) and has given the approval for the FLEX program to begin its first class in January, 2013.

Who can I contact for more information?

Phone: (800) 241-1027
Email: enroll@usa.edu

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