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ERIC Number: EJ1120565
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2168-6653
Entry-Level Doctorate for Occupational Therapists: An Assessment of Attitudes of Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants
McCombie, Randy P.
Rehabilitation Research, Policy, and Education, v30 n4 p389-403 2016
Purpose: The purpose of this study was to survey occupational therapists (OTs) and occupational therapy assistants (OTAs) on their attitudes toward a possible move to the entry-level doctorate as the mandated singular point of entry into the profession for OTs. Method: The study surveyed a random sample of 600 OTs and 600 OTAs from two northeastern states. Results: Responses from 144 OTs and 77 OTAs indicate most respondents disagree with the profession making the possible degree change. Although analyses reveal minimal differences between OTs and OTAs, some significant disparities between bachelor's-degree and postbaccalaureate OTs were found. Conclusion: Results support the need for continuing dialogue regarding the merits and drawbacks of a mandated move to the entry-level doctorate as well as the need for expanded input from all levels of occupational therapy professionals in future discussions.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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