Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
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- Bachelor of Science
- Master of Occupational Therapy
Overview: Occupational science is the basic discipline underlying occupational therapy. Occupational therapists make a "difference" in the lives of people who are unable to perform daily tasks due to physical, psychosocial, cognitive, sociocultural or environmental limitations. They have a strong science background, are "people" persons, are creative and they are problem-solvers.
Curriculum: Students enter the program as freshmen, allowing them to avoid the uncertainty of later admission. It also gives students the opportunity to begin courses immediately from high school in their chosen major. Students are able to maintain their special interests such as athletics and fine arts, and can spend a semester abroad elsewhere during the sophomore year. Studently commonly choose a minor area of study such as philosophy, education, psychology, health information management, foreign language, etc.
Students enjoy classes and labs in a spacious, state-of-the-art building on the health sciences campus and a faculty mentor. they have access to the Health Sciences Library, Medical School facilities and faculty. Our program ranked in the top 50 in the nation by US News and World Report.
Faculty: The ten department faculty members have a wealth of clinical, teaching and research experience with expertise in a wide range of occupational therapy practice areas including cardiac rehabilitation, special education, families, geriatrics, occupational and public health, mental health, low vision, rehabilitation, pediatrics, early intervention, technology and ergonomics.
Internships: Fieldwork training is throughout the United States, offering a wide range of opportunities.· Participation in community practice settings· Master's students engage in projects associated with the research of individual faculty members.
Careers: Graduates work in hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, skilled nursing facilities, geriatrics, home health, the school system, pediatrics, mental health facilities, private practice in the community, and as consultants to industry and business.