First doctorate program for Huntington University

Photo from the ribion cutting ceremony for a new Occupational Therapy Program at Huntington University.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE)  Coming this fall Huntington University will have a new doctoral program in occupational therapy. The school has 32 students from across the country that will start the program near the end of August.

This is Huntington’s first doctorate program and its first degree separate from nursing, pharmacy and medicine.

The three year program will hold classes at the newly renovated site on the Parkview Randallia campus. The University has been renovating a few floors of the former Fort Wayne Cardiology building as classrooms for students.

“Classroom technology will be used to aid student learning with hands-on application for clinical assessments and interventions,” Dr. Ruth Ford, director of occupational therapy said. “Students will demonstrate competencies as well as synthesize and evaluate systems necessary for health and wellness for individuals, populations and organizations.”

The university said Ford brings a lot of experience to the program including 37 clinical years in management, rehabilitation, outpatient, long-term care and home health. She also has 13 years of experience in academia.

The program is offered in Fort Wayne because of the strong heath care presence in the community. During the program students will have access to local health care professionals.

“Collaboration with Parkview and the greater Fort Wayne area is instrumental in the success of training future OTDs,” Ford said. “Health and wellness go beyond the institutional doors into the greater community. Key leaders and health care providers have stepped up to not only provide resources for classrooms and laboratories but also have made recommendations for networks for future learning experiences.”

Students do not need a master’s degree to study in this program. For more information on the degree click here. 

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