Pamela K. Richardson, Anne MacRae, Kathleen Schwartz, Luriza Bankston, Carolyn Kosten; Student Outcomes in a Postprofessional Online Master’s– Degree Program. Am J Occup Ther 2008;62(5):600-610. doi: 10.5014/ajot.62.5.600.
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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.
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