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School of Allied Health Professions news

Occupational therapy program announces online doctoral program

Beginning in July 2007, the Loma Linda University School of Allied Health Professions department of occupational therapy will begin its online doctoral program.

The online degree program received accreditation in December 2006 from the Western Association for Schools and Colleges.

“The flexibility of our online program is designed to fit the busy lives of working occupational therapists,” according to Heather Javaherian, OTD, OTR/L, assistant professor and director of the occupational therapy doctoral program, “helping to meet the ever-changing technological demands of society.”

The coursework includes an emphasis on spirituality, diversity, critical reasoning, advocacy, participation, education, and independent research, says Dr. Javaherian.

Graduates from the program will be prepared to enter academia, conduct research, develop, implement, and assess innovative programs, influence public policy, and experience personal as well as professional growth in the spirit of Loma Linda University.

“Our online community will foster learning and professional growth,” Dr. Javaherian continues, “through creative learning experiences, critical reflections, community, and in-depth discussions.”

The program’s capstone is a 16-unit professional rotation designed by the individual students and approved by the doctoral committee.

“Our faculty envision the rotation,” Dr. Javaherian explains, “as a way of allowing students to express their creativity, explore new areas of practice, and engage in innovative research and community program development.”

For more information, visit <www.llu.edu/llu/sahp/ot/doc toate.html>, contact Dr. Javaherian at <hjavaherian@llu.edu>, or call (909) 558-4628.

By Larry Kidder, MA

TODAY news for Thursday, January 29, 2007