Development of a hybrid distance occupational therapy program in Alaska

Alfred Bracciano, Helene Lohman, Brenda Coppard, J. Chris Bradberry, Cheryl Easley

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There are shortages of health professionals in rural states. Correspondingly, health professions education programs often do not exist in these areas. Students from rural areas seeking health professions degrees frequently move out of state or to urban areas for education. To address the shortage of occupational therapists in Alaska, Creighton University, a private, Jesuit university partnered with the University of Alaska Anchorage, a public institution, to deliver a hybrid occupational therapy program to students residing near or in Anchorage, Alaska. Characteristics for a successful interorganizational partnership include effective communication, a common goal, mutual needs, and trust. This academic program was designed by applying these characteristics and using agreed-upon benchmarks for web-based programs as described by Phipps and Merisotis. The collaborative program demonstrates a model, which could be used between two disparate institutions to meet the challenges and needs of rural and underserved areas for access to health education programs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)90-95
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Allied Health
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2011


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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