High marks

BSOT earns full accreditation for the next decade

The Boston School of Occupational Therapyís (BSOT) entry-level occupational therapy masterís degree program has been granted full accreditation for the next 10 years by the American Occupational Therapy Associationís Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education.

BSOT, a program offered through the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, received high marks on all accreditation areas. Among other things, the department was noted for the leadership and commitment of its chair, Sharan Schwartzberg; the facultyís ability to ďarticulate the mission of the program and integrate the curriculum design into their coursework through the use of creative and well-designed teaching methodologies;Ē the ties the department has forged with the community and how these relationships support the mission of the program; a commitment to field work; and the integration of clinical reasoning throughout the curriculum.

The accreditation report recommends the department continue to evaluate the effectiveness of the curriculum and develop more effective systems for the disbursement of reports to those involved in reviewing and revising the educational program. The recommendations are in keeping with BSOTís plan to launch more web-based communication with alumni, students and the university community.

BSOT consistently has been ranked as one of the top five graduate programs of its kind in the country by U.S. News & World Report. The program offers entry-level and post-professional masterís degree programs (M.S./M.A.) and a post-professional occupational therapy doctoral degree program (OTD). The department also offers a certificate of advanced professional study and a hand and upper extremity rehabilitation certificate program in collaboration with Massachusetts General Hospital.