The Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) Bridge Program at Keiser University is designed to educate health care providers with COTA credentials to build upon their existing professional experience. In the course of completing the MSOT graduate degree, students in the program will develop managerial, program assessment, and client evaluation skills while expanding their leadership roles in the field of occupational therapy.
Keiser University’s Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy will include instructional delivery methods that are both campus-based and hybrid. The program integrates didactic, face-to-face, and clinical experiences to prepare students to achieve success on the National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT®) exam, and to function as a generalist occupational therapist within the profession.
Keiser University’s MSOT program enables students to:
The prerequisites for major courses are as follows (earned credits from an OTA program are acceptable):
Candidates must achieve a minimum 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) with no grade less than C for all pre-requisite/co-requisite courses. Any pre-requisite courses taken prior to admission to the MSOT program must have been completed at a regionally accredited college or university.
Note: Students who enter the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program must have computer access with internet capabilities. Basic computer skills (Word, PowerPoint, and e-mail) are required.
To receive a Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy, students must earn 171.0 program-specific semester credit hours, inclusive of: Pre-requisite/Co-requisite courses, Associate of Science in Occupational Therapy Assistant degree courses (84 semester credit hours), upper-division undergraduate courses, and graduate courses.
|Master of Science in Occupational Therapy Upper Division Undergraduate Core Courses (24.0 credit hours)|
|OTH3000 - Foundations of Occupational Therapy||4.0 credit hours|
|OTH3036 - Occupational Perspective on Health||4.0 credit hours|
|OTH4517 - Health Care Management||4.0 credit hours|
|OTH4035 - Occupational Perspective on Health II||4.0 credit hours|
|OTH3413 - Functional Human Motion||4.0 credit hours|
|OTH4759 - Evidence-based Approaches in Occupational Therapy||4.0 credit hours|
Upon completion of the above requirements, inclusive of pre-requisites and equivalent to 120.0 semester credit hours, a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Health will be awarded.
|Master of Science in Occupational Therapy Graduate Core Courses (51.0 credit hours)|
|OTH5202 - Occupation-Based Assessments: Children and Adolescents||4.0 credit hours|
|OTH5203 - Occupation-Based Assessments: Adults and Older Adults||3.0 credit hours|
|OTH5245 - Neuroanatomy for Occupational Therapy||4.0 credit hours|
|OTH5352 - Occupational Therapy Process: Mental Health||4.0 credit hours|
|OTH5428 - Occupational Therapy Process: Physical Disabilities||4.0 credit hours|
|OTH5854 - Field Work Level I, part 2 (Adults)||3.0 credit hours|
|OTH5604 - Occupational Therapy Process: Geriatric||4.0 credit hours|
|OTH5519 - Occupational Therapy Process: Pediatric||4.0 credit hours|
|OTH5853 - Field Work Level I, part 1 (Pediatric/Adolescent)||3.0 credit hours|
|OTH6770 - Applied Research in Occupational Therapy||2.0 credit hours|
|OTH6937 - Fieldwork Seminar I||2.0 credit hours|
|OTH6941 - Fieldwork Level II, part I||6.0 credit hours|
|OTH6938 - Fieldwork Seminar II||2.0 credit hours|
|OTH6942 - Fieldwork Level II, part II||6.0 credit hours|
Note: The MSOT program 16-week semesters are each comprised of two eight-week terms, exclusive of fieldwork semesters. Students are scheduled for two courses concurrently, except for the first semester. In the first semester students will take one (1) course per eight-week term.
The on-line component of each course is asynchronous in nature; however, students are required to attend scheduled practical laboratories on-campus approximately one (1) weekend per month (Fridays and Saturdays).
The following Program Outcomes are only for the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) program at Keiser University Fort Lauderdale Campus:
|Graduation Year||Student Entering/Graduating||Graduation Rate Within 150% of|
The Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) program at Keiser University Fort Lauderdale Campus was established in 2015. The MSOT program was accredited August of 2017 by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Association (AOTA). ACOTE can be reached at:
c/o Accreditation Department American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200
North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929
Upon completion of the accreditation process, graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for occupational therapists, administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT; nbcot.org). After successful completion of the national certification examination, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). Program results from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) can be found online at: https://secure.nbcot.org/data/schoolstats.aspx.
Graduates are eligible to sit for the national certification examination for occupational therapist administered by the NBCOT. After successful completion of this exam, the graduate is credentialed to use the title of Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition, most states require licensure to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. To be eligible to sit for the NBCOT examination, and become licensed in the state, an individual must graduate with a master’s degree from an accredited program. Program results from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) can be found online at https://www.nbcot.org/Public/Home.
|Year||Percentage of Graduates Passing the Exam|
(Source: KU MSOT Fort Lauderdale Campus)
Tamara Pinchevsky-Font, Dr. OT (MSOT Program Chair/PD)
Dr. Pinchevsky-Font earned both her Masters in Occupational Therapy and her post professional doctorate in occupational therapy (DrOT) from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. She is a licensed occupational therapist in Florida where she has 16 years of clinical experience. She has extensive experience in acute care, hand therapy, pediatrics, and rehabilitation. Dr.Pinchevsky-Font was a prior owner of Therapedi Inc, a home health agency for the pediatric population. Dr.Pinchevsky-Font also worked at the National Board for Certification in Occupational therapy as an assistant director of competency assessment. Dr. Pinchevsky-Font has co-authored articles and presentations on distance learning education and fieldwork education. She has made presentations at regional, state, national conferences, and webinars for continuing education.
Currently, Dr.Pinchevsky-Font is engaged in program assessment and teaching. Her research interests include health literacy, distance education, and children and families living in underserved populations. Dr.Pinchevsky-Font is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), the Florida Occupational Therapy Association (FOTA), and board member of the Region 7 South Occupational Therapy forum.
Marek Graczkowski, EdD, MHSA, OT/L (Full time faculty)
Dr. Graczkowski attained a Doctor in Education (EdD) degree from Walden University in 2010, Masters in Health Services Administration degree from Florida International University in 2005, and a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from Florida International University in 2001. Dr. Graczkowski was born in Poland and lived there for the first 26 years of his life. Currently, Dr. Graczkowski and his wife reside in South Florida. Dr. Graczkowski has extensive experience with adults/geriatric populations with a wide variety of orthopedic and neurological problems. Dr. Graczkowski is a very strong supporter of holistic approaches to human beings, disease/disability prevention, and alternative forms of healing. Dr. Graczkowski’s favorite quote is “Veni, vidi, vici” or “I came, I saw, I conquered” (attributed to Gaius Julius Caesar).
Christina Sanford, Dr. OT (Full time faculty)
Dr. Sanford attained a Clinical Doctorate in Occupational Therapy (DrOT) degree from Nova Southeastern University in 2014, and a Masters in Occupational Therapy from Nova Southeastern University in 2010. Her doctoral research focused on the use of chair yoga as a therapeutic medium in adults status post CVA. Dr. Sanford was born in New York but grew up in Florida with her family. Currently, Dr. Sanford and her husband reside in South Florida. Dr. Sanford has experience treating young adult, adult, and geriatric populations with a wide variety of orthopedic and neurological diagnoses in both inpatient rehabilitation and acute care settings. Dr. Sanford excels in writing and has been a board member on the Institutional Review Board (IRB) at Broward Health. She has also formally represented occupational therapy in numerous interdisciplinary disease-specific committees including CVA, SCI and TBI. She is always willing to take on new challenges, as she believes in lifelong learning. Dr. Sanford has been teaching courses in the KU MSOT Program since 2016.
Carol Just, Dr. OT (Full time faculty)
Dr. Just completed her OTD at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in Provo, Utah in 2008. She has her Masters’ and Bachelors’ degree in Occupational Therapy from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her special interests are treatment and research in Autism and Sensory Processing Disorder in children. Dr. Just completed an internship at the Star Center in Denver, Colorado with Dr. Lucy Miller in 2009. Dr. Just comes to Keiser University with teaching experience from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where she co-taught with Dr. Roseann Schaaf and Dr. Zoe Mailloux within the Jefferson Autism Certificate Program and the OTD program. Dr. Just relocated to South Florida in 2014 and enjoys bike riding and the beach with her partner and dogs.
Laura Reyes, MSOT, OTR/L (Clinical Coordinator)
Ms. Reyes attained a Master of Occupational Therapy and a Bachelor of Science from Nova Southeastern University. Born in New York, Ms. Reyes relocated to South Florida in 2000 to initiate her educational pursuits. Ms. Reyes has extensive experience with the pediatric population within the SNF, PPEC, outpatient and school-based settings, serving as Director of Therapy at Broward Children’s Center prior to joining the Keiser University team. Ms. Reyes has had the pleasure of speaking nationally at the Pediatric Complex Care Conference (2013, 2015), the Florida Recreation and Park Association Conference (2015) and the Guardian Ad Litem Disability Expo (2014, 2016) on topics relating to Assistive Technology as it pertains to the medically fragile pediatric population. Additionally, in 2015, Ms. Reyes was highlighted as a “Profile in Leadership” in South Florida Hospital News. Most recently, Ms. Reyes is a CE Provider for PTs, OTs, and SLPs for her course, “Integrating Assistive Technology into Play”. In collaboration with Boston College’s Campus Day School and Broward Children’s Center, Ms. Reyes has had the opportunity to provide education and trainings on the Camera Mouse Assistive Technology at several national conferences and as a guest lecturer at local colleges and universities. Ms. Reyes currently lives in Ft. Lauderdale and her most enjoyable and favorite role to date is being a mother to her smart and charismatic son, Roman.
Tina Gelpi, OTD, OTR/L (MSOT Program Chair/PD)
Dr. Gelpi serves as Program Director for the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program at Keiser University – Fort Myers campus. Dr. Gelpi earned her bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy and her Master of Science in education degree at the University of Kansas. While earning her post-professional doctoral degree in occupational therapy at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Dr. Gelpi served as a Graduate Teaching Assistant for occupational therapy students at the Salvation Army homeless shelter. Previous academic experience includes serving as Chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy and Community Health at Florida Gulf Coast University, Academic Fieldwork Coordinator at Rockhurst University, and adjunct occupational therapy faculty while on staff at the University of Kansas’ Child Development Unit. Dr. Gelpi’s clinical and research experience has focused on pediatrics/young adults and underserved populations.
Cynthia Haynes, OTD, OTR/L (Full time faculty)
Dr. Haynes is a faculty in the MSOT Program. Dr. Haynes is a new resident to SWFL. Previously she was an adjunct professor in the OTD program at Thomas Jefferson University and the Academic Fieldwork Coordinator at Philadelphia University. She was also the National Director of Occupational Therapy Services for EBS Healthcare. Her area of expertise is pediatrics, having worked in a variety of practice setting as both a clinician and department director. She has authored peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters and presents regularly at the local and national level. She is filling her second term as an ACOTE reviewer and is also a presenter for the Bureau for Education and Research. She is a regional trainer for the AOTA sponsored Fieldwork Educator Certificate Program and contributed to the development of one training module.
Dr. Diana Guest, Dr. OT, MSOT, OTR/L, CHT (Full time faculty)
Dr. Guest is a faculty in the MSOT Program. Originally from Michigan, Dr. Guest earned her bachelor’s in occupational therapy from Western Michigan University and her advanced master’s in occupational therapy from University of Western Ontario. She has worked in numerous healthcare settings, rotating through a variety of adult-based and geriatric programs. Dr. Guest also achieved her clinical doctorate in occupational therapy from Nova Southeastern University. She most recently attained her Certified Hand Therapy credential and co-edited the latest practice test exam located within Hand and Upper Extremity Rehabilitation: A Quick Reference Guide (Weiss & Rogers, 2019), widely used amongst those studying for the CHT national board exam.
Gayla Aguilar, OTD, MS, OTR/L (Full time faculty)
Dr. Aguilar is a faculty and the academic field work coordinator for the MSOT program. She previously served as assistant professor and course coordinator for multiple courses at the University of Saint Augustine for Health Sciences and was adjunct professor for pediatrics at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio. She received a Doctor of Occupational Therapy Degree with a specialty in pediatrics from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professional in Provo, UT in 2010. She is SIPT Certified with over 18 years of experience with pediatrics. She was a pediatric clinical director, worked as a school therapist, and worked at the Autism Community Network in San Antonio where she was on the diagnostic team and was a member of the education and research department. She has taught CEU courses to teachers, therapist and other professionals and developed a parent education program to help with sensory, feeding, and behavior issues often seen in children with Autism.
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