ACU launches two new programs

Posted August 07, 2014

Abilene Christian University will launch two new graduate programs this fall: a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy and a Dietetic Internship. Both programs have received candidacy status and will enroll their first cohort later this month.

The Master of Science in Occupational Therapy is a 69-hour residential program designed to prepare students to become practicing occupational therapists. Students will participate in hands-on fieldwork opportunities through partnerships with local healthcare facilities and will be prepared to enter the high-demand field of occupational therapy.

"The occupational therapy program aims to prepare students to think and act critically, missionally, and globally in Christian service and leadership as they go out in the field," says Dr. Hope Martin, ACU graduate advisor. "Students will learn how to serve others through helping them improve their quality of life."

The Dietetic Internship will begin at ACU at CitySquare in Dallas. ACU’s Dietetic Internship is a 15-hour graduate certificate program designed to equip students to sit the Registration Examination for Dietitians. The program is offered in partnership with ACU at CitySquare and is one of the first programs in the nation with an emphasis on community and poverty. Interns will be embedded into CitySquare and other community placement opportunities committed to giving them a unique learning environment and hands-on experience. Students will complete nine months of online coursework and participate in internship rotations designed to place them on the front lines of urban poverty.

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