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Research Article  |   September 2008
Student Outcomes in a Postprofessional Online Master’s– Degree Program
Author Affiliations
  • Pamela K. Richardson, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, is Associate Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, San Jose State University, One Washington Square, San Jose, CA 95192-0059; pamrichardson@sbcglobal.net
  • Anne MacRae, PhD, OTR/L, BCMH, FAOTA, is Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, San Jose State University, CA
  • Kathleen Schwartz, EdD, OTR, FAOTA, is Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, San Jose State University, CA
  • Luriza Bankston, MS, OTR/L, was a graduate student in the Department of Occupational Therapy at San Jose State University at the time of the study
  • Carolyn Kosten, MS, OTR/L, is Staff Occupational Therapist, Pediatric Therapy Services, San Jose, CA; she was a graduate student in the Department of Occupational Therapy at San Jose State University at the time of the study
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Research Article   |   September 2008
Student Outcomes in a Postprofessional Online Master’s– Degree Program
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, September/October 2008, Vol. 62, 600-610. doi:10.5014/ajot.62.5.600
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, September/October 2008, Vol. 62, 600-610. doi:10.5014/ajot.62.5.600
Abstract

The outcomes of five cohorts of occupational therapists who completed an online postprofessional master's degree program were evaluated. Data on graduates’ satisfaction with professional skills and status, contribution of the program to their satisfaction, and engagement in professional activities since graduation were collected using an online survey. Forty-nine of 65 surveys distributed were returned (75% response rate). Respondents indicated high levels of satisfaction with professional skills and status and high levels of contribution of the program to their satisfaction. Respondents also reported participation in a variety of professional leadership activities. Results suggest that postprofessional graduate-level education is effective in developing advanced critical reasoning, reflection, and leadership skills in occupational therapists and in facilitating a variety of professional contributions. The online mode was effective in delivering the program content. The value of postprofessional education to individuals and the profession is discussed.