Johnson & Wales University Launches Occupational Therapy Doctorate Program
Johnson & Wales University (JWU), an NEC member, has welcomed its inaugural class of students for Rhode Island’s first entry-level occupational therapy doctorate program. Launching with 12 students, the school hopes to eventually increase enrollment to 42.
The new program will be full-time and allow students with bachelor’s degrees to apply for the three-year program. JWU developed the program after hearing from the health care industry that additional occupational therapists were needed. The program’s facility is equipped to allow for assessment and training, and allows students to interact with an artificial intelligence patient.
Ann Burkhardt, the Founding Director of the program, explained, “Our graduates will have the knowledge, skills and experience to propose, design, develop and grow practices to better meet the needs of people across the lifespan and to change care delivery for the shifting demographic of consumers of care.”
The NEC congratulates Johnson & Wales for successfully establishing this new program, and for ensuring that the next generation of occupation therapists are prepared for a changing industry.