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July 17, 2013

NSU's new occupational therapy program gets $900K grant

— Northeastern State University’s Occupational Therapy program will receive a $900,000 grant from the City of Muskogee Foundation, a media release states.

The three-year award will be used to help offset the occupational therapy program’s  startup costs. NSU plans to introduce the program, its newest health care degree, on its Muskogee campus in January.

“On behalf of the City of Muskogee Foundation, we’re proud to partner with Northeastern State University as they look to improve health care education and economic development opportunities in the City of Muskogee,” said John Barton, the foundation’s chairman chair. “Together, we can make a real difference in the health and wellness of citizens in Muskogee.”

According to the Eastern Oklahoma Regional Health Care Workforce Summit in September 2010, “occupational therapy” is one of the most critical health care occupations needed in the region.

NSU’s master’s degree of science in occupational therapy is envisioned to be a 30-month, 81-hour program that will focus on training high-quality occupational therapists for the rural region of eastern Oklahoma. The program will be designed to meet the requirements of the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education of the American Occupational Therapy Association for professional accreditation. The program addresses curricular standards of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.

Information: Dr. Judy Melvin, (918) 444-5232.

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