Kettering College Launches Doctoral Program
Kettering College celebrates its expansion into Greene County
Story by Jessica Beans
Twenty students are making history at Kettering College (KC) this fall as the inaugural class in the occupational therapy doctoral (OTD) program. The school’s first doctoral program is taking place in the new Kettering College Ollie Davis Center in Beavercreek, Ohio, where elected officials, community leaders, and KC, Kettering Adventist HealthCare and hospital leadership, participated in the ribbon cutting (pictured).
The program is being launched at a time when the American Occupational Therapy Association is encouraging the development of entry-level doctoral programs. “Occupational therapy is a growing field and is demanding more professionals who have post-graduate degrees,” explains Nate Brandstater, KC president. “We are thrilled to be offering an innovative doctoral program that will propel Kettering College into the future of healthcare.”
Choosing applicants for the inaugural class was no easy task, says Terrance Anderson, OTD program director. “More than 200 people applied for 18 spots, and we interviewed 85 of them,” he says. “Because of the quality of our applicant pool, we decided to expand the class to 20 students rather than the original 18.”