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Occupational Therapy Department

The occupational therapy profession combines a holistic perspective with evidence-based practice to improve the quality of life for patients and families in their daily activities at home, work, and in the community. From the first day of class, students are immersed in the ATSU occupational therapy department’s comprehensive curriculum infused with Occupational Therapy’s professional philosophy as well as the tenets of osteopathic medicine centered on whole person healthcare that integrates the body, mind, and spirit. This heralded approach optimizes health, well-being, and participation in meaningful activity.

ATSU-ASHS’ occupational therapy programs are always looking for new, highly qualified, high-quality training sites. If you know of a facility interested in providing rotation or internship positions for occupational therapists, please contact clinical coordinator Mary Greer, PhD, OTR/L at 480.219.6073.
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Residential Degree Programs

Master of Science in Occupational Therapy
The Occupational Therapy Entry Level Master of Science is a 28-month, full-time, continuous program with a curriculum designed to prepare occupational therapy practitioners to provide high-quality healthcare
delivery settings. A strong foundation of critical inquiry is applied to the practice, education and administration of healthcare. See accreditation. CLOSE
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Doctor of Occupational Therapy - Entry Level
A.T. Still University’s (ATSU) Entry-Level Doctor of Occupational Therapy program is a 36-month, full-time residential program. Graduates of this program will be prepared to practice in traditional settings as well as trained for innovative and visionary practice to meet society’s occupational needs. They will be equipped to not only work with individuals, groups and populations but will be prepared for leadership, activism and advocacy with program development as a focus area of study.
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Online Post-Professional Degree Programs
Post-Professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy
The Post-Professional Occupational Therapy Doctorate Online (OTD) is an online healthcare degree program for those already holding an entry-level, professional degree in occupational therapy. In just two years,
OTD graduates advance beyond the role of clinician to become leaders who create visionary new community-based health and wellness programs. See accreditation. CLOSE
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Post-Professional Advanced Master of Science in Occupational Therapy
The online, post-professional Advanced Master of Science in Occupational Therapy Studies (AMOT) program is designed for practicing occupational therapists already holding an entry-level degree in occupational therapy.
A minimum of 42 quarter credit hours is required, and the program’s flexible design makes it possible to complete the degree in two years, on average. With a strong practice-based curriculum and built-in support throughout the program of study, ATSU’s AMOT program empowers its students and alumni to become advanced evidence-based practitioners who are more competitive and current in practice standards. See accreditation. CLOSE
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Occupational Therapy Testimonials
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Entry-Level Doctor of Occupational Therapy, ATSU | Brandi Buchanan, Associate Professor
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Advanced Master of Occupational Therapy Graduate, Beth Hathaway | A.T. Still University
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Advanced Master of Occupational Therapy Graduate, Monali Kadkade | A.T. Still University
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Arizona School of Health Sciences, ATSU | Randy Danielsen, Dean
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A.T. Still University | Craig Phelps, DO
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A.T. Still University | Clinton Normore, MBA
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The online, post-professional Advanced Master of Science in Occupational Therapy Studies program is designed for practicing occupational therapists already holding an entry-level degree in occupational therapy.
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They also ensure that each student has a thorough understanding of required material by using a variety of teaching techniques that incorporate technology and hands-on experience.
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Occupational Therapy Faculty & Staff

Occupational Therapy Departmental Faculty

Jyothi Gupta, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
jgupta@atsu.edu

Chair of Occupational Therapy

Rachel Diamant, PhD, OTR/L, BCP Rachel Diamant, PhD, OTR/L, BCP
rdiamant@atsu.edu

Professor
Residential Entry-Level Program Director

Bernadette Mineo, PhD, OTR/L Bernadette Mineo, PhD, OTR/L
bmineo@atsu.edu

Professor
Online Program Director

Emily Schulz, PhD, OTR/L, CFLE
eschulz@atsu.edu

Associate Professor

Brandi L. Buchanan, OTD, OTR/L Brandi L. Buchanan, OTD, OTR/L
bbuchanan@atsu.edu

Associate Professor

Ingrid Van Duyne OTR/L, MRC, DHSc(c) Ingrid Van Duyne OTR/L, MRC, DHSc(c)
ivanduyne@atsu.edu

Assistant Professor

Mary Zewicki Greer, Ph.D., OTR/L Mary Zewicki Greer, Ph.D., OTR/L
mgreer@atsu.edu

Assistant Professor
Clinical Education Coordinator

Mary Voytek, OTD, MC, OTR/L Mary Voytek, OTD, MC, OTR/L
mvoytek@atsu.edu

Assistant Professor

Departmental Staff

Michelle A. Zacofsky, BA Michelle A. Zacofsky, BA
mzacofsky@atsu.edu

Administrative Coordinator, Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy in Action
The occupational therapy curriculum facilitates the student’s ability to examine and explore activities that are meaningful throughout a patient’s lifespan, and involve them in activities within the contexts of home, work, school, play/leisure, and community.
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The curriculum includes “hands-on” experiences encompassing community-service learning to allow students additional opportunities for practical application of coursework. Students work cooperatively with other members of the healthcare team and in collaboration with the individual’s entire support system to fully understand how to eliminate barriers and meet healthcare goals. The small class size allows for more direct interaction between students and faculty.
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Occupational Therapy Scholarly Showcase
The occupational therapy faculty and students from both the residential and online programs participate in scholarly work that is broad in scope and encompasses many forms of scholarship beyond the expectations of discovery research. The focus of many of the scholarly activities within the occupational therapy department involves the scholarship of application through community-based projects.

Publications:
Occupational Therapy Continuing Education
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A.T. Still University’s Continuing Education department provides support for the University’s schools, graduates and the professional community to fulfill their potential throughout their careers and ultimately impact patient care and well-being. The Continuing Education department serves to improve professional knowledge and skills; fosters a positive impact on patient outcomes; exposes clinicians to new information; and develops an interdisciplinary, healthcare team approach to treating patients and improving community/population health through the development and implementation of cost-effective, evidence-based education programs.

Through AOTA, ATSU-ASHS proudly offers continuing education to all occupational therapy practitioners. They are ensured excellence in the CE products offered as a result of a stringent qualification process. AOTA’s CEUs are recognized by NBCOT, state licensure boards, specialty certification providers and employers.
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