Occupational Therapy - Bridge Program, MS - Keiser University (2022)

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Occupational Therapy - Bridge Program, MS - Keiser University (1)

This program is available in the following Florida campuses:

Fort Lauderdale Campus, Fort Myers Campus

The Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) Bridge Program at Keiser University is designed to educate health care providers with COTA credentials to build upon their existing professional experience. In the course of completing the MSOT graduate degree, students in the program will develop managerial, program assessment, and client evaluation skills while expanding their leadership roles in the field of occupational therapy.

Keiser University’s Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy will include instructional delivery methods that are both campus-based and hybrid. The program integrates didactic, face-to-face, and clinical experiences to prepare students to achieve success on the National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT®) exam, and to function as a generalist occupational therapist within the profession.

Program Mission

The mission of the Keiser University Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program is to establish excellence in occupational therapy education, research, and scholarly activities. The Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program will prepare graduates who will be well versed in cultural diversity and will provide evidence-based occupational therapy services locally and globally to diverse communities. The MSOT program prepares occupational therapy professionals as providers and leaders in the delivery of high quality, accessible, culturally competent care within a highly technological environment. The MSOT program promotes, expands, and validates scientific knowledge and evidence-based practice through interdisciplinary research. The MSOT program strives to meet the educational and support needs of a diverse student population and provide opportunities for minority and non-traditional students. Graduates of the program are eligible candidates for the National Board of Certification of Occupational Therapy examination. Under state guidelines passage of the certification exam enables the ability to become a licensed professional.

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Program Objectives

Keiser University’s MSOT program enables students to:

  • Articulate and apply occupational therapy theory, client-centered evaluation, and OT practice-related evidence to achieve expected outcomes as related to occupations.
  • Articulate occupational therapy theory, analyze practice-related evidence and apply the subsequent evaluation strategies for effective planning of OT services and treatment implementation.
  • Apply occupational therapy theory and evidence-based research to inform practice.
  • Develop and modify intervention plans based on assessment of the client, client priorities, client discharge needs, environmental factors, and expected outcomes.
  • Demonstrate entry-level clinical competence through a combination of academic and fieldwork education culminating in meeting established professional criteria.
  • Demonstrate the ability to effectively utilize available resources and create/generate new resources to meet the needs of OT clients and populations.
  • Demonstrate professional behaviors and leadership abilities reflective of an ethical, competent health care professional within the occupational therapy profession.
  • Engage in scholarly endeavors to describe the scope of the profession.
  • Demonstrate effective interdisciplinary collaboration skills in order to maximize OT clients’ and populations’ functional outcomes.
  • Engage in scholarly endeavors to interpret and apply evidence-based practice data to OT practice.
  • Demonstrate professional communication skills in writing through organizing, thinking critically, and communicating ideas and information in documents and presentations.

Prerequisites for Major Courses

The prerequisites for major courses are as follows (earned credits from an OTA program are acceptable):

  • Human Anatomy and Physiology I with lab (4 credit hours) completed within the last five years
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology II with lab (4 credit hours) completed within the last five years
  • Statistics (3 credit hours)
  • College Algebra (3 credit hours)
  • English Composition I (3 credit hours)
  • English Composition II (3 credit hours)
  • Introduction to Psychology (3 credit hours)
  • Abnormal Psychology (3 credit hours)
  • Life Span Development (3 credit hours)

Candidates must achieve a minimum 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) with no grade less than C for all pre-requisite/co-requisite courses. Any pre-requisite courses taken prior to admission to the MSOT program must have been completed at a regionally accredited college or university.In addition, each candidate must successfully complete the personal interview with one of the MSOT faculty members.

Note: Students who enter the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program must have computer access with internet capabilities. Basic computer skills (Word, PowerPoint, and e-mail) are required.

Program Outline

To receive a Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy, students must earn 75 program-specific semester credit hours, inclusive of: Pre-requisite/Co-requisite courses, Associate of Science in Occupational Therapy Assistant degree courses (83 semester credit hours), upper-division undergraduate courses, and graduate courses.

Graduate Division Courses

Master of Science in Occupational Therapy Upper Division Undergraduate Core Courses (24.0 credit hours)
OTH3000 - Foundations of Occupational Therapy 4.0 credit hours
OTH3036 - Occupational Perspective on Health 4.0 credit hours
OTH4517 - Health Care Management 4.0 credit hours
OTH4035 - Occupational Perspective on Health II 4.0 credit hours
OTH3413 - Functional Human Motion 4.0 credit hours
OTH4759 - Evidence-based Approaches in Occupational Therapy 4.0 credit hours

Upon completion of the above requirements, inclusive of pre-requisites and equivalent to 120.0 semester credit hours, a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Health will be awarded.

Master of Science in Occupational Therapy Graduate Core Courses (51.0 credit hours)
OTH5202 - Occupation-Based Assessments: Children and Adolescents 4.0 credit hours
OTH5203 - Occupation-Based Assessments: Adults and Older Adults 3.0 credit hours
OTH5245 - Neuroanatomy for Occupational Therapy 4.0 credit hours
OTH5352 - Occupational Therapy Process: Mental Health 4.0 credit hours
OTH5428 - Occupational Therapy Process: Physical Disabilities 4.0 credit hours
OTH5853 - Field Work Level I, part 1 (Adults) 3.0 credit hours
OTH5854 - Field Work Level I, part 2 (Pediatric/Adolescent) 3.0 credit hours
OTH5604 - Occupational Therapy Process: Geriatric 4.0 credit hours
OTH5519 - Occupational Therapy Process: Pediatric 4.0 credit hours
OTH6770 - Applied Research in Occupational Therapy 2.0 credit hours
OTH6937 - Fieldwork Seminar I 2.0 credit hours
OTH6941 - Fieldwork Level II, part I 6.0 credit hours
OTH6938 - Fieldwork Seminar II 2.0 credit hours
OTH6942 - Fieldwork Level II, part II 6.0 credit hours

The MSOT program 16-week semesters are each comprised of two eight-week terms, exclusive of fieldwork semesters. Students are scheduled for two courses concurrently, each 8 weeks, except for the first semester. In the first semester students will take one (1) course per eight-week term.

The on-line component of each course is asynchronous and synchronous in nature; however, students are required to attend scheduled practical laboratories on-campus approximately one (1) weekend per month (Fridays and Saturdays).

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Program Outcomes

The following Program Outcomes are only for the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) program at Keiser University Fort Lauderdale Campus:

Graduation YearStudent Entering/GraduatingGraduation Rate Within 150% of

National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc. (NBCOT®)

Graduates are eligible to sit for the national certification examination for occupational therapist administered by the NBCOT. After successful completion of this exam, the graduate is credentialed to use the title of Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition, most states require licensure to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. To be eligible to sit for the NBCOT examination, and become licensed in the state, an individual must graduate with a master’s degree from an accredited program. Program results from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) can be found online at https://www.nbcot.org/Public/Home.

YearPercentage of Graduates Passing the Exam

(Source: KU MSOT Fort Lauderdale Campus)

Cost of Attendance

This is not an all-inclusive listing of the different fees which may be charged. Degree programs with Majors which require background checks, certification, exams, finger printing will be assessed fees accordingly.

Current CostOccupational Therapy – Bridge Program, MS 2021 Fall SemesterOccupational Therapy – Bridge Program, MS 2022 Spring SemesterOccupational Therapy – Bridge Program, MS 2021-22 Award Year
Tuition (Undergraduate Portion of Program)$5,200.00$10,400.00$15,600.00
Tuition (Graduate Portion of Program)$14,816.00$14,816.00$29,632.00
Educational Fees (Undergraduate Portion of Program)$980.00$980.00$1,960.00
Educational Fees (Graduate Portion of Program)$750.00$750.00$1,500.00
Books & Supplies (estimated) (Undergraduate Portion of Program)$400.00$800.00$1,200.00
Books & Supplies (estimated) (Graduate Portion of Program)$500.00$500.00$1,000.00
Exam/Program FeesVariesVariesVaries
Total Cost of Program Based on 3-Year$68,208.00

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MSOT Fort Lauderdale Campus

Dr. Christina Sanford, DROT, OTR/L, the MSOT Interim Program Director

Dr. Chrstina Sanford holds a Clinical Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (DrOT) from Nova Southeastern University and a Master’s of Occupational Therapy from the University of North Florida. She holds an active State of Florida Occupational Therapist license and has been an active NBCOT OTR since 2011. In addition, Dr. Sanford has 11 years of experience in the field of occupational therapy, mainly in acute care and inpatient rehabilitation.

Dr. Sanford is affiliated with the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, and she holds a CITI certification for IRB Members. Moreover, she is an American Occupational Therapy Association and the Florida Occupational Therapy Association Member.

Dr. Sanford’s research experience includes her role as a faculty research mentor, research projects: The Influence of Exercise on Perceived Stress and Life Balance; The Effects of Community-Based Boxing Programs for Patients with Parkinson’s Disease; Pelvic Power Hour: Empowering Women with Strategies to Improve Their Quality of Life; and her role on the Keiser University Institutional Review Board (IRB).

She currently works to create an inclusive process that engages faculty in curriculum enhancement and development, facilitates student engagement and participation in student governance, assesses students’ academic progress, and assists faculty in providing developmental feedback and/or customized remediation plans.

Marek Graczkowski, EdD, MHSA, OT/L (Full time faculty)

Dr. Graczkowski attained a Doctor in Education (EdD) degree from Walden University in 2010, Masters in Health Services Administration degree from Florida International University in 2005, and a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from Florida International University in 2001. Dr. Graczkowski was born in Poland and lived there for the first 26 years of his life. Currently, Dr. Graczkowski and his wife reside in South Florida. Dr. Graczkowski has extensive experience with adults/geriatric populations with a wide variety of orthopedic and neurological problems. Dr. Graczkowski is a very strong supporter of holistic approaches to human beings, disease/disability prevention, and alternative forms of healing. Dr. Graczkowski’s favorite quote is “Veni, vidi, vici” or “I came, I saw, I conquered” (attributed to Gaius Julius Caesar).

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Dr. Tara Casimano, PhD, OT/L

Dr. Tara Casimano attained a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) from Trident University in 2015, focusing on International Health Research. She holds a Master in Health Science in Occupational Therapy (1991) and a Bachelor in Health Science in Occupational Therapy (1989) from the University of Florida. Dr. Casimano is a licensed Occupational Therapist in both Florida and New York, as she calls both states her home. In addition, Dr. Casimano holds advanced Neurodevelopmental Therapy and received her Board Certification in Pediatric (BCP) from AOTA.

Dr. Casimano specializes in pediatric care and has worked in all areas of pediatric practice over her 3-decade professional career. In addition, Dr. Casimano has extensive experience in higher education: teaching, administration, and scholarship and has provided invited lectures as well as presentations at State, National, and International professional conferences. Dr. Casimano is an active community member and involved in a variety of community service events through Kiwanis and her local parish ministry. Leisure interests include beach volleyball, Pilates, travel, watching college sports, and most importantly, spending time with her husband and their four children.

Laura Reyes, MSOT, OTR/L (Clinical Coordinator)

Ms. Reyes attained a Master of Occupational Therapy and a Bachelor of Science from Nova Southeastern University. Born in New York, Ms. Reyes relocated to South Florida in 2000 to initiate her educational pursuits. Ms. Reyes has extensive experience with the pediatric population within the SNF, PPEC, outpatient and school-based settings, serving as Director of Therapy at Broward Children’s Center prior to joining the Keiser University team. Ms. Reyes has had the pleasure of speaking nationally at the Pediatric Complex Care Conference (2013, 2015), the Florida Recreation and Park Association Conference (2015) and the Guardian Ad Litem Disability Expo (2014, 2016) on topics relating to Assistive Technology as it pertains to the medically fragile pediatric population. Additionally, in 2015, Ms. Reyes was highlighted as a “Profile in Leadership” in South Florida Hospital News. Most recently, Ms. Reyes is a CE Provider for PTs, OTs, and SLPs for her course, “Integrating Assistive Technology into Play”. In collaboration with Boston College’s Campus Day School and Broward Children’s Center, Ms. Reyes has had the opportunity to provide education and trainings on the Camera Mouse Assistive Technology at several national conferences and as a guest lecturer at local colleges and universities. Ms. Reyes currently lives in Ft. Lauderdale and her most enjoyable and favorite role to date is being a mother to her smart and charismatic son, Roman.

MSOT Fort Myers Campus

Kevin Bobos, OTD, MA, MS, OTR/L (MSOT Program Chair/PD)

Dr. Bobos serves as Program Director for the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program at Keiser University – Fort Myers campus. Dr. Bobos has a BS in Fitness/Exercise Science; MA in Physical Education; MS in Occupational Therapy; and a Doctorate in Occupational Therapy. Dr. Bobos has over 15 years of experience as an OT, working in various healthcare settings and with all age groups. He has taught At Gannon University and South University in their OTD program, at St. Augustine University in the MSOT program and was the Academic Fieldwork Coordinator and Assistant Professor at South University in their OTA program. Dr. Bobos clinical and research experience has focused on physical rehabilitation, acute care, and in-patient.

Vanessa Carmody, OTD, OTR/L, CAPS (Academic Fieldwork Coordinator/Full time faculty)

Dr. Carmody is a faculty and the academic fieldwork coordinator for the MSOT program. She received a Doctor of Occupational Therapy Degree from University of Toledo. She is a Certified Aging in Place/ADA Specialist (CAPS) with over 8 years of experience with Parkinson’s and low vision. She was a low vision occupational therapist and the Director of Clinical Development at Low Vision Works. She continues to work with several different community projects and is currently a volunteer at the humane Society of Manatee County.

Diana Guest, Dr. OT, MSOT, OTR/L, CHT (Full time faculty)

Dr. Guest is a faculty in the MSOT Program. Originally from Michigan, Dr. Guest earned her bachelor’s in occupational therapy from Western Michigan University and her advanced master’s in occupational therapy from University of Western Ontario. She has worked in numerous healthcare settings, rotating through a variety of adult-based and geriatric programs. Dr. Guest also achieved her clinical doctorate in occupational therapy from Nova Southeastern University. She most recently attained her Certified Hand Therapy credential and co-edited the latest practice test exam located within Hand and Upper Extremity Rehabilitation: A Quick Reference Guide (Weiss & Rogers, 2019), widely used amongst those studying for the CHT national board exam.

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Dr. Tyler Lacertosa, OTD, OTR/L (Full time faculty)

Dr. Lacertosa has over 8 years’ experience in the OT field, working with children and adolescents with autism ADHD, down syndrome, cerebral palsy, and developmental disorders. He has also provided OT services to clients with cerebrovascular accident, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury and other conditions. Dr. Lacertosa is a Certified Car Fit Technician and a Certified Lift Expert. He has a BS degree in Biology and a Doctorate in Occupational Therapy.

Dr. Megen Myers, OTD, OTR/L (Full time faculty)

Dr. Myers has a BS in Psychology with a minor in Biology; MS in Occupational Therapy; and a Doctorate in Occupational Therapy. She has over 12 years’ experience in the field of Occupational Therapy working with children and adults. Her specialty is in Geriatrics/Adult population. She has treated patients with various orthopedic, cardiopulmonary, cardiovascular, and neurological diagnoses. Dr. Myers clinical and research interest is in geriatrics.

Dr. Lisbet Montero, OTD, OTR/L, ASDCS (Adjunct faculty)

Dr. Montero has over 4 years’ experience in the OT field. She is a Certified Autism Spectrum Clinical Specialist. She works with children and adolescents and has worked with geriatric clients in skilled nursing faculties and through home health settings. She has a BA in Psychology and a Doctorate in Occupational Therapy.

Dr. Nereida Ritz, OTD, OTR/L, LMT, C/NDT, CIMI (Full time faculty)

Dr. Ritz has been an occupational therapist for over 33 years. She has worked in hospitals (acute care, subacute care, and outpatient), home health, school systems, hand therapy, geriatrics, and orthopedics. In the past 10 years she has focused on pediatrics including early intervention. Dr. Ritz received her Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Spalding University. She is SIPT certified and certified in Neuro-Developmental Treatment. Her clinical and research interests are in pediatrics.

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  • blouses.
  • tunics.
  • themed t-shirts (like for your school, or for OT)
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How long is Masters in occupational therapy? ›

Structure of the course

The course runs over 2 years with 2 practice placement in each year. All occupational therapy courses are required by the World Federation of OT (WFOT) to provide a minimum of 90 weeks of study; this includes a minimum of 1000 practice placement hours.

Can you do a PhD in occupational therapy? ›

As an occupational therapy PhD student you will be able to develop your expertise in an area of clinical or professional practice and advance your knowledge, understanding and application of research methodologies. The diversity of PhDs in occupational therapy is as broad as the profession itself.

Is getting an OTD worth it? ›

To answer the question directly – yes, it is! Evidence-based research from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that the employment of occupational therapists is projected to grow 16% from 2019 to 2029. In that period, an estimated 23,700 jobs are expected to open up!

Is an OTD the same as a PhD? ›

No. The OTD is a clinical, practice-oriented doctorate for the advanced clinician. Our OTD program requires you to prepare a professional portfolio. The PhD is a research degree for individuals pursuing a research and/or academic career and requires students to complete a scholarly dissertation.

Does OTD make more than mot? ›

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average salary for occupational therapists is just over $86,000 annually. Therefore, based on the organization's additional information, entry-level positions with an MOT degree will earn roughly the same amount of money as an OTD graduate.

Do OTS wear scrubs? ›

So what do Occupational therapists wear? Occupational therapists usually wear scrubs, business casual clothing, or a polo shirt with khakis.

Do Occupational Therapists get white coats? ›

Many graduate healthcare programs, ranging from medical and nursing school to physical therapy and occupational therapy degree programs, hold a white coat ceremony as a rite of passage for students.

Do Occupational Therapists need a stethoscope? ›

Along with a stethoscope and BP cuff, a quality pulse oximeter is also a must (and great for any adult-based setting) as you will likely be monitoring your patient's heart rate, oxygen levels and blood pressure during your treatments. Often, your home health company will provide you with these.


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