Occupational Therapy Degree Program
Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT)
The profession of occupational therapy appeals to people who enjoy thinking creatively and flexibly to solve problems and who value working with a diverse group of individuals in their life activities. Occupational therapists assist people of all ages with disabilities to perform activities important in their daily lives. These activities may include self-care, work, education, or play and leisure. Occupational therapists work with people who have physical illness or injury, social or emotional difficulties, congenital or developmental problems, or who are in need of preventative strategies to enhance health and well-being.
Occupational therapy (OT) services focus on increasing independence, enhancing development, providing compensatory strategies, and minimizing or preventing disability. Therapists adapt activities and environments, select therapy activities meaningful to clients, and provide client and caregiver education. For example, an OT may teach adaptive dressing techniques to a client who has lost use of her hand following a stroke, help a child with autism interact with peers, or modify a computer for a young adult with a spinal cord injury returning to work.
Occupational therapists practice in rehabilitation centers, outpatient rehabilitation clinics, schools, hospitals, mental health facilities, private practice, skilled nursing facilities, home healthcare, and community health programs. The most common work settings for occupational therapists are school systems (34.4%), hospitals (25.3%), and long-term care facilities (13.4%). The current and future job outlook for occupational therapists is excellent.
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