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Research Article  |   March 1980
Design of the Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy, Part 2. An Empirical Approach
Author Affiliations
  • Joan C. Rogers, Ph.D., OTR, is Assistant Professor, Department of Medical Allied Health Professions, Division of Occupational Therapy, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
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Research Article   |   March 1980
Design of the Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy, Part 2. An Empirical Approach
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, March 1980, Vol. 34, 176-184. doi:10.5014/ajot.34.3.176
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, March 1980, Vol. 34, 176-184. doi:10.5014/ajot.34.3.176
Abstract

In this article an empirical approach is used to investigate the master’s degree structure in a bachelor’s level profession. The literature of nursing, business administration, social work, and physical therapy is reviewed to determine prevailing degree structures and attitudes, evaluate the adequacy of the master’s degree structure in occupational therapy, and delineate factors entering into structural decisions. The review demonstrates the feasibility and desirability of requiring basic master’s students to meet advanced master’s degree criteria. However, it fails to substantiate unreservedly the logical necessity for so doing. Recommendations for educational practice and research are detailed.