Occupational Therapy Schools in Jacksonville, FL with Degree Info

Jan 02, 2019

There are four schools in the Jacksonville area that offer occupational therapy degrees. To find out which one is right for you, read an overview of program and admission requirements at a couple of colleges located within about 45 miles of the city's center.

Jacksonville Occupational Therapy Degrees

Those interested in becoming occupational therapists must have at least a master's degree and obtain state-approved certification in the field. Jacksonville students wishing to pursue occupational therapy training only have a few options to choose from, including both undergraduate and graduate degrees. This article describes the required courses and fieldwork at two institutions, provides a school stats table, and identifies a third program option in the area.

  • Florida State College at Jacksonville offers an associate program for students seeking work as occupational therapy assistants. The program is conveniently located at the school's North Campus site, which is about nine miles from downtown Jacksonville.
  • The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences is a private, for-profit school located about 43 miles from Jacksonville in St. Augustine. The school offers an accredited Master of Occupational Therapy for those interested in training to become occupational therapists. A transitional doctoral program is also available.

Comparison of Schools

The campus settings and student enrollment figures are quite different for the two profiled schools. Look over this table to compare these and other factors that might affect your choice on where to study occupational therapy.

Florida State College at Jacksonville University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences
School Type Four-year; public Four-year, private for-profit
Total Enrollment (2017) 21,092* 2,992*
Campus Setting Large city Small suburb
Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) $2,878 in-state; $9,992 out-of-state (undergraduate tuition)* $78,318 (MOT full program tuition), $101,552 (OTD full program tuition)**
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Aid (2016-2017) 73%* N/A
Acceptance Rate (2017) N/A - Open Admissions* N/A
Graduation Rate 35% (Students began in Fall 2011)* N/A

Sources: *NCES College Navigator, ** University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences.

Florida State College at Jacksonville

Florida State College at Jacksonville is a four-year, public school with five campuses and seven centers to conveniently serve its students. The college offers a two-year training program in occupational therapy that has been awarded accreditation from the AOTA and prepares graduates to become licensed occupational therapy assistants (OTAs). OTAs collaborate with occupational therapists to execute approved patient care plans. They help rehabilitate individuals with physical, developmental and psychological dysfunctions.

Associate of Science - Occupational Therapy Assistant

To be admitted into this occupational therapy assistant program, prospective candidates must possess current CPR certification. Once admitted, students take 23 credits in general education and then focus the remaining 51 credits on professional courses.

Students gain knowledge of how occupational therapy practices best benefit individuals with mental and physical disorders. They learn through lectures, labs and internship experiences. Specific course studies include anatomy and physiology, applied kinesiology, and occupational therapy practices and technology. Graduates are eligible to take the national exam offered by the NBCOT to become certified occupational therapy assistants.

University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences (USAHS)

USAHS is a private for-profit university with locations in California, Florida and Texas. The school offers master's and doctorate degree programs in occupational therapy. The Master of Occupational Therapy program is available through the Institute of Occupational Therapy.

Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT)

Admission to the MOT program at USAHS requires student to hold a bachelor's degree, submit GRE scores and have completed prerequisite coursework in social sciences, biology, chemistry and medical terminology. They must also submit references and have completed an observation experience. The program is available in a full-time traditional format and a part-time distance learning format. Coursework examines human anatomy, medical physiology, evaluation and assessment, wellness and prevention, pharmacology and assistive technology. Students also complete two levels of fieldwork and an exit exam. Graduates are prepared take the national exam to become an occupational therapist.

Doctor of Occupational Therapy

Applicants into this program must be occupational therapists, holding or eligible for licensure. The program consists of 117 credits and includes coursework varies on patient care management, clinical neuroscience, health promotion, and the overall process of occupational therapy. Students are also required to complete two capstone courses, fieldwork, and seminars. The tuition (as of 2017-2018) for this program is $12,694 per trimester, which comes to roughly $101,000 for the entire program.

Other School Options

An OTD program is also available at the Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of Florida. Located about 62 miles away in Gainesville, this school is a four-year, public institution.

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