The evolving postbaccalaureate entry: Analysis of occupational therapy entry-level master's degree in the United States

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Abstract

At the American Occupational Therapy Association's Annual Conference in 1999, the Representative Assembly passed Resolution J, which became Resolution 670-99 and mandated that entry to the professional level of practice in occupational therapy be at the post-baccalaureate degree level. The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) set the effective date as 2007. As a result, more than 50 of the existing 157 occupational therapy educational programs faced the challenge of developing postbaccalaureate entry degree programs. These programs had previously offered only baccalaureate entry degrees. This article compiles the expectations that were articulated as outcomes of transitioning to postbaccalaureate entry, describes findings from an analysis of the current structure of the evolving master's entry level occupational therapy education and identifies concerns for consideration by educational programs and practitioners.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)51-71
Number of pages21
JournalOccupational Therapy in Health Care
Volume19
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2005

Keywords

  • Master's entry
  • Professional education
  • Research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Occupational Therapy

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