Russell Sage College and edX, a global online learning platform from 2U Inc, announce a new partnership to develop and launch two hybrid degrees, a Master’s of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) and a Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT), with Sage’s School of Health Sciences. The MSOT degree will be the first hybrid occupational therapy program available on

Sage’s full-time, hybrid programs will be modeled after the college’s in-person programs and will feature live online sessions, asynchronous coursework and in-person campus immersions. This hybrid approach helps expand access to education and fill a critical need for occupation therapy and physical therapy professionals. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment demand for both occupational and physical therapist jobs is projected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations, 14% and 17% respectively from 2021 to 2031.

“Russell Sage’s well-established expertise in training and developing health professionals, combined with edX’s global platform designed to support strong student outcomes, allows us to reach a broader audience and have an even greater impact on addressing the nation’s growing healthcare needs,” said Sage President Christopher Ames.

Sage and edX will work closely together on clinical fieldwork experiences for each cohort, leveraging edX’s dedicated clinical placement team. edX currently has over 116,000 placement sites in its network and has supported over 30 million fieldwork hours for a variety of programs across its partner network.

“Sage joins a growing network of institutions that are leveraging the unrivaled reach, technology and support of the edX platform to expand access to high-quality online education,” said Andrew Hermalyn, president of partnerships at edX. “We are thrilled to partner with Sage to design and deliver MSOT and DPT programs aligned with the School of Health Sciences’ strengths of community engagement and professional excellence.”

Anticipated launch dates for the MSOT and DPT degrees are Fall 2024 and Spring 2025 respectively, pending approvals from the New York State Education Department (NYSED), the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) and the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).

About Russell Sage College

Russell Sage College enrolls approximately 2,300 students in bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs on campuses in Albany and Troy, New York, and online.

About edX

edX, a global online learning platform, was founded by Harvard and MIT in 2012. edX offers thousands of free and open courses, professional certificates, boot camps, credit-bearing micro credentials and undergraduate and graduate degrees.

[Source(s): 2U Inc, PR Newswire]