Program Director: Vogtle
Faculty: Barstow, Vogtle, Warren
The program offers postprofessional education to occupational therapists who wish to learn advanced theoretical, practice, and research skills. Currently two online specialization options exist for the postprofessional - low vision and pediatrics. Students interested in low vision must be accepted into the low vision certificate program prior to applying for the postprofessional master's degree. The 33 semester hour program for both pediatrics and low vision guides the student through coursework for the areas indicated including theory, specialty practice application, research methodology, and a project or thesis. Elective coursework from related departments may be approved for degree requirements; however, you must submit a copy of the course syllabus and the year and semester you took the course before final decisions are made regarding approval. Graduates of the program may use this degree to enter specialized areas of practice, as part of the requirements for specialty certifications, and to assume leadership positions within the profession or to prepare for doctoral level study.
Length of Study: Approximately 11 semesters are needed to complete this degree. Both the pediatric and low vision options were designed specifically for part-time students.
Credentials Conferred: Diploma - The Master of Science degree is awarded by the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Program Entrance Date: Summer semester for pediatric students. Low vision students accepted as post-professional students enter at the inception of low vision coursework.
Typical Program: (Course requirements are listed in semester credit hours). Students must specify a speciality area prior to entering the program. Course requirements for each of the specialties are listed below.
Students interested in a postprofessional master's (low vision specialty) need to complete the 15 hours of coursework for the low vision certificate and the following courses:
Courses students in both programs need to complete are:
*OT 642 Research Design in OT (1-3)
*OT 643 Data Analysis in OT Research (1-3)
*OT 644 Project Dissemination-Professional Writing and Presentation (1-3)
OT 647 Leadership in Occupational Therapy (2)
OT 653 Using the Lit: Evidence-Based Practice (3)
OT 658 Foundations of Professional Education (4)
OT 667 Research Methods (3)
OT 692 Selected Topics in OT (1-3)
* Courses designed for final project completion.
Courses specifically for the pediatric program are:
OT 613 Sensory Integration Theory Applied in OT (2)
OT 614 Role of OT in School Setting (3)
OT 615 Infant-Toddler Mental Health OT Intervention (3)
OT 616 OT Role in Early Intervention (3)
OT 641 Pediatric Theory Development and Practice (3)
OT 645 Social Impact Pediatric Disability (3)
OT 646 Legal & Policy Issues in Pediatric OT (3)
OT 648 Assistive Technology in Pediatric Occupational Thearpy (3)
OT 671 The Advanced Theory of the Assessment Process in Occupational Therapy (3)
OT 680 Clinical Education and Supervision (3)
OT 681 Practicum in Consultation (1-2)
OT 682 Advanced Clinical Practicum (1-3)
OT 683 Practicum in Teaching (1-4)
Electives offered outside of the occupational therapy curriculum in programs at UAB are allowed with the permission of the advisor. Up to 12 hours of coursework taken at other institutions may apply as well but must be approved by the student's advisor and must be completed with a grade of B or better. A copy of the syllabus is required for approval.
For further information, contact:
Laura K. Vogtle, Ph.D
Program Director - Occupational Therapy Postprofessional Program
School of Health Professions
SHPB 338, 1720 2nd Avenue South
Birmingham, Alabama 35294-1212
Telephone: 205 934-3568
For course descriptions see SHP catalog
Peds Curriculum flyer