Dr. Kimberly Lloyd Appointed Program Director of Proposed Master of Occupational Therapy Bridge Program

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In addition to the planned 2023 start to an entry-level Doctor of Occupational Therapy program, pending accreditation, Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions (RMU) is pleased to announce the intent to develop a Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) Bridge program with Kimberly Lloyd, OTD, MOTR/L, as its founding program director. The MOT Bridge program is slated to enroll students in August of 2024. 

Occupational therapy is a critical profession within healthcare that helps individuals adapt and recover from physical or mental illness through rehabilitating performance of daily life activities.

“Occupational therapy is a holistic approach to patient care which helps to bring together the big picture for patients and communities,” says Lloyd. “Within communities, occupational therapy can help educate and bring about change by looking at all of the influencing factors and helping a group establish goals, as we do with individuals, and help facilitate appropriate solutions.”

Currently, a master’s degree or doctoral degree allow entry into the profession as an occupational therapist. The proposed MOT Bridge program will allow current occupational therapy assistants to bridge to the Master of Occupational Therapy program and into a career as an occupational therapist. The planned MOT Bridge program would be the only program in the western United States. 

Lloyd explains that RMU is uniquely positioned to help meet the growing demand for occupational therapists in the Northwest and throughout the US.

“RMU is in an excellent position to provide the needed education, in addition to being able to successfully offer a limited-residency program for students who may not want to move to Utah while still get an excellent education based on RMU’s history of successful limited-residency programs, including the post-professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy program,” explained Lloyd.

The planned six-semester entry-level master’s program in occupational therapy will educate students on occupational performance within the context of home, school, work, and community as informed by the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework-IV. But also take advantage of  intraprofessional opportunities in the other occupational therapy programs as well as unique inter professional collaborations with the College of Optometry and the Clinical Counseling programs.

The programs will work to receive accreditation through the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). Graduates of ACOTE accredited institutions are eligible to sit for the NBCOT Certification Examination for Occupational Therapists.

As program director, Lloyd has begun the candidacy application process through ACOTE. During the application process, Lloyd will also be assisting in the development of RMU’s entry-level Doctor of Occupational Therapy program and continue supporting RMU’s post-professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy program. 

Dr. Bryan Gee, Chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy, states “Having Dr. Lloyd join the team of exemplary occupational therapy faculty allows RMU to not only expand occupational therapy education offerings but ensure their longevity through her vast experience in the clinic, higher education, and clinical research.”

Lloyd has worked as an occupational therapy practitioner in a variety of healthcare settings for over 18 years, including hospital-based acute care, rehabilitation units, and home health. In addition, she has over 10 years of experience working in higher education within both master-level and doctoral-level OT programs.

She recently was selected to participate in the 2022-2023 American Occupational Therapy Association’s Academic Leadership Institute, a program designed to develop academic leaders across all levels of occupational therapy education programs.

Lloyd is a 2019 graduate of the post-professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy program at RMU and is excited for her return to the university as program director to help prepare future students for success as patient-centered and evidence-based occupational therapy practitioners.