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  • Occupational Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
Hours: 2 Contact Hours
Author(s): Jessica Bolduc, DrOT, MSOTR/L
Peer Reviewer(s): Nancy MacRae, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA
Item#: I6391
Contents: 1 Course Book (34 pages)
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Leadership Practices in Health Professions

Price $24.95
Item # I6391
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Release Date: March 28, 2017

Expiration Date: March 28, 2020

Leadership is a complex topic that is best deconstructed to understand its parts and empower application. This basic-level course is designed to define leadership theories and models that frame current leadership practices. An exploration of various styles of leadership will enable learners to reflect on their own leadership practices and/or create a leadership plan for the application of new skills. The combination of leadership and mentorship education will enhance current healthcare practice to secure the future of the profession for the well-being of the clients served. In occupational and physical therapy curricula, leadership is addressed − but just the tip of the iceberg. Students may be exposed to learning and teaching styles, or leadership training may be offered in the workplace and perhaps through mentorship opportunities. These opportunities may lack proper definition of leadership theories and models that would enable the learner to be successful in leadership roles.



AOTA Content Focus - Professional Issues: Contemporary Issues and Trends; Professional Development and Continuing Competence 

0.2 AOTA CEUs are awarded upon successful completion of this course



Course Objectives

  • Define various leadership theories.
  • Explain various leadership models and styles.
  • Describe how leadership is related to management and mentorship.


Jessica J. Bolduc, DrOT, MSOTR/L, received her master’s degree from the University of New England in 2005 and her doctorate in 2013 from Nova Southeastern University. Her clinical experience spans the continuum of care, including acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient rehabilitation, skilled nursing, and home health. Dr. Bolduc is an adjunct professor at the University of New England, where she teaches courses on physical dysfunction, research, and scholarly inquiry. She served as vice president of the Vermont Occupational Therapy Association for 2 years and as president for 3 years. She is currently active with the Maine Occupational Therapy Association and will serve as president-elect starting in July. Dr. Bolduc was selected to join the first cohort of the Emerging Leaders Development Program of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and was subsequently appointed to the AOTA’s Emerging Leaders Development Committee and Volunteer Leadership Development Committee. She has received three service commendations from the AOTA, as well as the Young Alumni Award from the University of New England and the Alpha Eta Richard E. Davis Service Award from Nova Southeastern University. She was inducted into the Nu Sigma Upsilon Chapter of the Alpha Eta Society for scholarly accomplishments at Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Bolduc is licensed in occupational therapy in four states and is a certified clinical fieldwork educator. She has published in OT Practice and The Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice and has written chapters in Gerontology for the HealthCare Practitioner and Occupational Therapy Essentials for Clinical Competence. She has presented at national and state occupational therapy conferences. In addition to her ongoing work as a staff occupational therapist, Dr. Bolduc serves as the occupational therapy planner for Western Schools, an AOTA-approved provider of continuing education.


Nancy MacRae, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA, is currently an associate professor in the Occupational Therapy Department of the University of New England, where she has taught for 27 years. She is a past director of that department and a past president of the Maine Occupational Therapy Association. In addition, she has held numerous leadership positions within the university community, including chair of the University Faculty Assembly and cochair of the Reappointment, Promotion and Tenure Committee, and has played an active role in the university’s stellar interprofessional program. Scholarship efforts include writing on sexuality and aging and interprofessional education and practice; coediting a basic occupational therapy text, now in its third edition; and serving on the editorial board of the journal WORK since its inception.

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that the course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools’ policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.
  • There are no prerequisites for this course.