Occupational Therapy Online Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies

Program Contact: Barbara Nadeau 203-582-8691

The Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Occupational Therapy (CAGS) is a flexible, online 12-credit program designed to: a) prepare bachelor-level occupational therapists for post-professional occupational therapy doctorate (OTD) studies at Quinnipiac University; or b) provide concentrated studies in a specialized area of practice for occupational therapists regardless of entry-level degree (i.e., bachelor’s, master’s or doctorate).

The CAGS program begins in January and consists of four 3-credit courses taken sequentially. Two common courses taken at the start and end of the program will have an emphasis on scholarly writing and integration. The other two courses are based on the student’s chosen track and are specifically designed for specialized areas of practice. The CAGS program currently offers three possible tracks: a) school-based practice; b) teaching and learning in occupational therapy; or c) hand therapy.

School-Based Practice: This certificate program focuses on advanced topics in school-based practice. Students deeply explore legislation, assessment, intervention and innovative approaches to school-based practice.

Teaching and Learning: Students in this certificate program analyze learning theory and the relationship between learning theory and occupational therapy. Additionally, students explore various educational models and tools to enhance teaching and professional presentations.

Hand Therapy: Students explore best practices and evidence in hand therapy and synthesize their knowledge through a critique of clinical protocols and practice guidelines. This track is designed for practitioners who are currently working in a hand therapy setting.