Dr. Edward Mihelcic
Meet Our Faculty
The Department of Occupational Therapy and the Master of Occupational Therapy Degree Program were established to assist Saint Francis University in fulfilling its stated mission:
To this end, occupational therapy education at Saint Francis University will:
Our accelerated/direct entry Master of Occupational Therapy curriculum (3+2) includes three years of pre-professional coursework followed by two years of concentrated Occupational Therapy study. In October 2018, the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) placed the mandate to transition all programs to the doctoral level, on hold. This decision allows Master of Occupational Therapy students to complete their academic preparation in just 5 years, allowing for the most efficient path into the field of Occupational Therapy.
Occupational therapists believe that occupations are essential to who you are and how you feel
about yourself. If you are unable to do the things you enjoy, or need to do, to
live your life, then your general well-being may be affected. Occupational therapists
work with people of all ages to encourage health, avoid disability, and develop
or maintain abilities.
therapists help develop the skills for the job of living and solve the problems
that interfere with an individual’s ability to do the activities or occupations
that are significant to them. Whether it be from injury, disease, social
disadvantage, or the environment, occupational therapists help their clients to
live a more fulfilling life. Occupation refers to the activities and tasks of
daily life that have value and meaning to a person. Occupations can include
self-care (i.e. personal care, mobility), leisure (i.e. social activities,
sports) and productivity (play, school, employment, home making).
therapists are specialists in the analysis, adaptation and therapeutic use of
occupations, to achieve goals jointly determined by the therapist and the
client, in the context of their own home and community. In simple terms, as an
occupational therapist you may assist a client to:
occupational therapists are known worldwide for their client-centered approach.
The knowledge, experience and self-determination of the client are valued in
the practice of occupational therapy.
sure to visit an occupational therapy department or private practice to see first-hand
how occupational therapists use occupations to help people live fulfilling
Our Occupational Therapy faculty have expertise in telemedicine, alternative medicine, pediatrics, geriatrics, neuro rehab, sensory processing, cultural adaptability, therapeutic intervention, playground accessibility, and nutritional therapy.
Title: Professor, MOT Program Director, Research Coordinator Department: Occupational Therapy Phone: 814-472-2760Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Title: Assistant Professor, Curriculum CoodinatorDepartment: Occupational Therapy Phone: 814-472-2791Email: email@example.com
Title: Instructor / OT Recruitment CoordinatorDepartment: Occupational Therapy Office Location: Raymond Hall, 2nd floorPhone: 814-472-2792Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Title: Instructor of Occupational TherapyDepartment: Occupational Therapy Office Location: Raymond 213Phone: 814-472-3543Email: email@example.com
Title: Associate Professor, Curriculum CoordinatorDepartment: Occupational Therapy Phone: 814-472-2749Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Title: Academic Fieldwork CoordinatorDepartment: Occupational Therapy Phone: 814-472-3908Email: email@example.com
The Master of Occupational Therapy Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE's telephone number, c/o AOTA, is (301) 652-AOTA and its web address is www.acoteonline.org.
National Board for Certification of Occupational Therapy Program (NBCOT):
Fieldwork education at Saint Francis University is a crucial part of the students’ professional preparation and is integrated as a component of our curriculum design. The fieldwork experiences provide students with the opportunities necessary to carry out professional responsibilities under the supervision of a “qualified” occupational therapy practitioner serving as a role model.
ACOTE states the goal of Level I fieldwork is to introduce students to the fieldwork experience, to apply knowledge to practice, and to develop understanding of the needs of clients. The goal of Level II Fieldwork is to develop competent, entry-level, generalist occupational therapists. Level II fieldwork must be integral to the program’s curriculum design and must include an in-depth experience in delivering occupational therapy services to clients, focusing on the application of purposeful and meaningful occupation and research, administration, and management of occupational therapy services. It is recommended that the student be exposed to a variety of clients across the life span and to a variety of settings.
Fieldwork educators (FWEd) must provide proper supervision and the ability to provide frequent assessment of student progress in achieving stated fieldwork (FW) objectives. The Department of Occupational Therapy at Saint Francis University uses the Ten Generic Abilities developed by the UW-Madison as Level I Fieldwork Objectives and uses AOTA' Fieldwork Objectives for Level II Fieldwork. These objectives are agreed upon objectives with the FW sites prior to a student's FW Experience.
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