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Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Occupational Therapy (online)

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Occupational therapy needs professionals capable of creating positive change within their communities and the field as a whole. Quinnipiac’s Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Occupational Therapy program (CAGS) serves as a foundation for advancement in the field, giving you the opportunity to develop the research skills you’ll need to tackle these changes head-on.

Program Overview

Moving occupational therapy forward

The field of occupational therapy continues to evolve, and with this evolution comes a growing demand for leaders capable of addressing complex challenges in today’s health care environment. The Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Occupational Therapy program (CAGS) provides current occupational therapists with a deeper exploration of evidence-based research and writing, strengthening the scientific tools needed to be agents of change within the field.

As a student, you’ll explore one of two specialized areas:

  • school-based practice or teaching
  • learning in occupational therapy

You’ll begin with the nuances of conducting peer reviews in an area of interest, before delving into the contemporary issues affecting your specialization of choice. The program culminates with a capstone project that prepares you to submit an evidence-based manuscript for dissemination. We designed the program with flexibility in mind, and all course work may be completed around your schedule in our online classroom.

Beyond serving as a credential to enhance your current practice, the CAGS program also can function as a bridge into our Post-Professional Occupational Therapy Doctorate program. Interested students who begin the certificate program during the spring semester are typically able to enter the doctoral program during the fall semester of the same calendar year.

About Online Learning

Flexible scheduling meets world-class education

Online learning with Quinnipiac University delivers the guided educational experience of a traditional, instructor-led environment coupled with the schedule flexibility needed for adult learners to succeed. Innovative teaching methods and asynchronous classes enable students to work at their own pace, while also enjoying peer interaction and a collaborative learning experience to maximize their learning outcomes.

Curriculum and Requirements

Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Occupational Therapy Curriculum

The curriculum for the professional courses in the program are reviewed regularly and are subject to modification in both content and credit as deemed necessary to maintain a high-quality educational experience and keep current with best practices in the profession.

OT 615Critical Writing I3
or OT 616 Self Directed Study in Clinical Practice
OT 625Special Topics in School-Based Practice I3
or OT 620 Foundations in Teaching and Learning I
or OT 630 CAGS Hand Therapy I
OT 626Special Topics in School-Based Practice II3
or OT 621 Creating Effective Learning Environments and Experiences
or OT 631 CAGS Hand Therapy II
OT 635Scholarly Use of Evidence in Writing3
Total Credits12

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