Master's Degrees in Athletic Training, Occupational Therapy and Organizational Leadership Making Debuts This Year Wilmington College is expanding its presence in graduate education in unprecedented ways during the 2021-22 academic year. Its Master of Science in Athletic Training program began this semester with the inaugural cohort starting their coursework in August. The emerging Master of Science in Occupational Therapy and Master of Organizational Leadership programs kickoff in January with the spring semester. PICTURED: (ABOVE) WC's Athletic Training Center is a learning laboratory for the new Master of Science in Athletic Training Program and a point of pride in serving the needs of the College's student-athletes. (BELOW) Occupational therapy is a wide-ranging profession in which practitioners works with clients of all ages with a wide range of needs in a variety of settings. WC President Trevor Bates sees the new programs as further evidence that “Wilmington College is RISING!" to cite the institution's theme. Athletic training is particularly close to Bates' heart as he possesses a long history of leadership and practice in the profession and academic discipline and plans to teach in what has become a flagship program at the College. “Athletic Training is the preeminent allied healthcare profession specifically designed to provide care for physically active persons in a variety of settings," he said. "Through mentors, colleagues and firsthand experiences long before my time serving as Wilmington College’s president, I have respected and admired the professional preparation of AT students at WC. Athletic training is a signature program here at Wilmington College and the unique combination of our faculty, clinical field experiences and strong professional network in the field ensures our graduates will be among the very best!” WC is among only eight institutions in Ohio to host a fully accredited graduate program in athletic training. Many institutions shut down their entire academic AT programs in recent years as a result of the Commission on Accreditation for Athletic Training Education mandate that a master's degree is required in order to take the professional certification exam.. Wilmington College offers both a traditional, two-year option for the MSAT and an accelerated five-year plan that encompasses both the undergraduate and graduate levels. For the latter, students earn both a Bachelor of Science degree in exercise science with a pre-athletic training concentration after three years and, subsequently, a Master of Science in Athletic Training after two additional years. WC's Center for Sport Sciences with its state-of-the-art Athletic Training Center is a focal point for the MSAT students, along with taking advantage of the opportunity to accomplish clinical rotations at three “premier” medical partners’ clinics located within the CSS: Beacon Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, Rolf’s Chiropractic Care of Cincinnati and Drayer Physical Therapy Institute. The demand for WC's emerging Master of Science in Occupational Therapy Program has been extraordinary with expectations that the initial cohort in January will meet the goal established in the planning phase. "We are excited to begin our new Master of Science program in Occupational Therapy in our brand-new facilities designed specifically for OT student learning," Bates said. "With a focus on rural healthcare, our OT program will ensure future graduates are well-prepared with the in-depth knowledge, hands-on clinical experiences and Quaker core values to offer high quality healthcare in the communities they will serve.” Those touring the newly completed occupational therapy level in the College's Center for Sport Sciences will notice spacious classrooms, multiple offices, conference rooms, a sunny lounge area, a full kitchen lab and, yes, a simulated apartment — complete with a bed, washer/dryer and full bathroom. The Master of Science in Occupational Therapy is a 27-month, entry-level graduate program for which persons with any bachelor's degree could be eligible. The College's Cincinnati Branch is hosting the Master of Organizational Leadership (MOL) program from its satellite campus at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College. It features a track in Organizational Transformation (OT) designed to deliver the leadership experience and expertise needed to advance in one's career. The MOL-OT curriculum focuses on building leadership, interpersonal and organizational skills, while also strengthening the emotional intelligence and critical thinking skills that working students are already using in their professional lives. Courses are research-driven with a focus on independent learning at the graduate level. The MOL-OT program has a common core of courses, consisting of 15 semester hours. The core courses are designed to cover content that is vital to understanding organizations and business practices at the graduate level. In addition to the core courses, students pursue an MOL track, Organizational Transformation, consisting of another 18 semester hours, The MOL–OT program is designed to be completed in four consecutive semesters with most courses being hybrid (that is, a rotation of one week online and one week in class). Some courses will be accelerated (7 weeks), some will be full-semester courses. All courses will meet only one night a week when face-to-face sessions are required. It is possible to complete the program as a part-time student as well.