Today Magazine Summer 2018 - Page 11


Occupational Therapy Space Unveiled

Gwynedd Mercy University unveiled the new space where its recently launched Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy programs will be housed with a blessing on May 14 , 2018 .

The wing , located in Siena Hall , was transformed into lab and classroom spaces equipped with the latest technology and tools , including bathroom and kitchen spaces for students to gain hands-on experiences with patients .
GMercyU introduced these new programs to meet the growing industry needs . GMercyU started its Bachelor of Health Science ( BHS ) in Occupational Science program this past fall , which can serve as a dual-degree program and give qualified students a way to earn both a BHS and a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy ( MSOT ) without having to apply to graduate school or take a graduate school entrance exam .
In December 2017 , the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education ( ACOTE ® ) officially granted GMercyU permission to start its MSOT program in May 2018 . The MSOT program is a 2 ¼ year program and if combined with GMercyU ' s BHS program , a student can earn both their undergraduate and graduate degree in about five years . Due to the unique structure and competitiveness of the programs , GMercyU is accepting only a limited number of students each year .
Learn more about GMercyU ’ s Bachelor of Health Science in Occupational Science and Master of Science in Occupational Therapy programs .
Job growth in the occupational therapy field is expected to grow by 27 % over the next 8-10 years ( Bureau of Labor Statistics )
President Deanne H . D ’ Emilio , JD joined members of the faculty and students for the blessing of the new Occupational Therapy facilities .