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 615||Critical Writing I||3|
|or OT 616||Self Directed Study in Clinical Practice|
|OT 625||Special Topics in School-Based Practice I||3|
|or OT 620||Foundations in Teaching and Learning I|
|or OT 630||CAGS Hand Therapy I|
|OT 626||Special Topics in School-Based Practice II||3|
|or OT 621||Creating Effective Learning Environments and Experiences|
|or OT 631||CAGS Hand Therapy II|
|OT 635||Scholarly Use of Evidence in Writing||3|
Additional course details
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To qualify for admission to the Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Occupational Therapy program, a student must have a bachelor‘s degree or higher in occupational therapy (with a GPA of 3.0 or higher).
Classes begin in January for the spring term, but candidates are advised to submit applications as early as possible to ensure acceptance into their desired start term.
An application consists of the following:
- Completed application form
- $45 application fee
- Updated resume
- Personal essay
- Official transcripts, indicating the year of graduation from an Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) or a World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT) accredited entry-level professional program
- Proof of initial certification by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) or AOTCB initial certification (prior to NBCOT)
- Verification of employment as an occupational therapist: minimum of 6,000 hours of OT practice (equals three years FTE) with at least 4,000 hours (equals two FTE years or four to six part-time years) within the past six years
- Proof of licensure to practice (if applicable in the state of current practice)
- Two professional references
- Current membership to the American Occupational Therapy Association
All accepted students also are required to complete a background check and drug screen following acceptance and before the start of classes. Acceptances are conditional prior to satisfactory completion of both. Instructions for completing these are below.
Background Check Directions
Visit the ApplicationStation website
- Enter QUINCBCOTONLINE in the Application Station Code field.
- Click the ”Sign Up Now“ button to create an account.
- Follow the instructions on the Application Station website.
The background check includes:
- Social Security number validation/verification
- Criminal record searches (statewide, county and federal searches)
- National criminal database search
- Sex offender registry search
- Sanctions-based search