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Field of Study: Occupational Therapy

Introduction

Occupational therapy programs prepare people to help patients who have physical, mental, or emotional health problems learn skills to live on their own.

 

Overview

Occupational therapy programs include topics such as:

  • Patient assessment and evaluation
  • Assistive and rehabilitative technologies
  • Basic medical sciences
  • Psychology and sociology
  • Ergonomics
  • Special education
  • Vocational counseling
  • Health education and promotion
  • Professional standards and ethics

Occupational therapy programs prepare people to work in:

  • Hospitals
  • Nursing homes
  • Schools
  • Prisons
  • Rehabilitation centers

Schools
Community colleges and other 2-year schools offer associate degree programs. An associate degree usually takes two years to complete. After earning an associate degree students can transfer to a college or university for further study.

Several universities offer graduate degrees in occupational therapy. A master's degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor's degree. Doctoral (PhD) degree programs usually require two or more years of study beyond the master's degree.