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Students in Nebraska may choose to earn an associate's degree as an occupational therapy assistant, a combined bachelor's/master's degree in occupational therapy, or a doctoral degree in the field. All such programs include elements of fieldwork experiences. Capstone coursework may also be needed.
Central Community College
Central Community College is a 2-year, public school that offers a two-year, Associate of Applied Science - Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) degree program at the Grand Island, Nebraska campus. Coursework within the OTA program includes occupational conditions, disability and community studies, mental health and wellness, disability and community studies, and kinesiological and biomechanical technical skills. Program requirements include a capstone project and three fieldwork practicums.
Central Community College's OTA program has achieved recognized accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). Students that successfully complete Central Community College's OTA program are prepared for the national licensing exam that is required for seeking the credentials of a certified occupational therapy assistant (COTA).
College of Saint Mary
The College of Saint Mary (CSM), a women's college located in Omaha, Nebraska, is home to about 1,000 students from the U.S. and abroad. The school has created an Institute for Women in Leadership, which strives to promote women in leadership positions in society and business. The occupational therapy program at CSM is a 5-year combined program. Upon program completion, students receive a Bachelor of Rehabilitation Studies along with a Master of Occupational Therapy.
Coursework includes an introduction to the field of occupational therapy, occupational performance, psychosocial issues, cognition and perception, and health promotion. Students are also required to complete fieldwork at offsite health care facilities. Graduates are prepared to take the national certification examination, which is administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy. The occupational therapy program offered by the College of Saint Mary is recognized and accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).
Creighton University is a Jesuit college located in Omaha, Nebraska that was founded in 1878. Creighton University offers over 70 undergraduate and graduate programs for its diverse student population to choose from, including two doctoral level degree programs in occupational therapy.
The Doctor of Occupational Therapy - Entry Level program examines how the combination of occupation, neurology, function and occupation can be used to prevent and provide treatment for disabilities. The program offers courses in neuroanatomy, foundations of occupation, clinical conditions and physical rehabilitation, in addition to providing students with fieldwork and clinical experience. Graduates of the program are prepared to take the exam from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy. This program is recognized and accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).
The Doctor of Occupational Therapy - Post Professional degree program in occupational therapy is designed for practicing occupational therapists who want to advance their skills in various areas, such as teaching or management. The program focuses on the practical application of the theories used to work with patients, through courses on instructional methods, health care policy and health systems management. Students also complete a professional rotation based on their interests.
Creighton University also partners with the University of Alaska in Anchorage to offer the Entry Level Distance Occupational Therapy Doctorate Program to students using a distance learning format. The partner program brings occupational therapy training into rural Alaska, which is short on professionals in this field.
Prospective students that want to pursue a career as a certified occupational therapy assistant (COTA) or an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR) will need to complete a degree program, pass a national examination, and receive licensure.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Occupational Therapy Degrees Offered||Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)|
|Central Community College||2-year, public, college; small city||Associate of Applied Science - Occupational Therapy Assistant|| Undergraduate: $2,820 in-state*
|College of Saint Mary||4-year, private not-for-profit, college; large city||Combined Bachelor of Rehabilitation Studies/Master's Degree in Occupational Therapy|| Undergraduate: $28,964,
|Creighton University||4-year, private not-for-profit, university; large city|| Doctor of Occupational Therapy - Entry Level,
Doctor of Occupational Therapy - Post Professional
Source: *NCES College Navigator