|Dr. Ruth Ford|
FORT WAYNE, Ind. — Huntington University is one step closer to opening its first doctorate program with the appointment of Dr. Ruth Ford as the director of occupational therapy. The program will open in Fort Wayne in fall 2014.
Ford is currently working as a consultant for the university and will assume her position as director in 2014.
hiring of Dr. Ford brings national prominence to the initiation of our
first university doctoral level program,” President Sherilyn Emberton
said. “We are so grateful for the support of our board of trustees and
special donors for helping provide a new health care workforce in the
critical need area of occupational therapy go from dream to reality for
the people of Northeast Indiana, Southeast Michigan and Western Ohio.”
who previously served as the associate dean of occupational therapy at
Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn., comes to HU with 13 years of
experience in academia, including expertise in the clinical and business
aspects of the field. She has
37 clinical years of experience in management, acute care,
rehabilitation, outpatient, long-term care and home health. She has
managed more than 500 occupational and physical therapists and speech
language pathologists and has opened multiple occupational therapy
“Today’s educational and health care systems need to be
closely aligned with local, regional, national and international
involvement,” Ford said. “The educational classroom must extend beyond
the unnatural boundaries of walls with rich learning experiences for
today’s students and future health care practitioners. I look forward to
the challenge of developing a dynamic learning environment with the
help of those at Huntington University and the greater Fort Wayne area.”
earned her Bachelor of Science degree in occupational therapy at The
Ohio State University, a Master in Biomedical Sciences degree in
rehabilitation from the Medical University of Ohio (now University of
Toledo) and her EdD in Leadership and Policy from Bowling Green State
University. Ford held teaching positions at the Medical College of Ohio
and the University of Findlay prior to her tenure at Belmont.
Ruth Ford is just the right person to be the founding director of our
occupational therapy program,” said Dr. Ann McPherren, senior vice
president for strategy. “She brings a great mix of clinical, academic
and administrative experience. New program starts are both exciting and
challenging. Ruth is motivated by both. With the Lord’s blessing and
accrediting bodies’ go ahead, we are looking forward with great
anticipation to greeting Huntington University’s first doctoral students
This doctorate program will be located within the Life Science Education and Research Consortium of Northeast Indiana
at the Parkview Randallia campus in Fort Wayne. The program will build
on Huntington’s undergraduate degrees in psychology, nursing and
exercise science. A bachelor’s degree and certain prerequisite courses
are required for this program.
Ford will relocate to Huntington
in January to begin full-work. She is currently serving in a consulting
role in preparation for the 2014 program launch.
For more information on the program, visit www.huntington.edu/occupational-therapy.
Huntington University’s entry-level occupational therapy doctoral degree program has applied for accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its web address is www.acoteonline.org.
Once accreditation of the program has been obtained, its graduates will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition, most states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.
Students must complete Level II fieldwork and experiential requirements within 24 months following completion of the didactic portion of the program.