Occupational therapists are instrumental in helping people gain the skills they need to function independently despite a variety of physical or psychological issues. As an OT, you might support the development of premature babies, design a beneficial learning environment for a physically challenged schoolchild, or measure the effectiveness of treatment activities. Whether you work in a school, a hospital, a nursing home, or a home health agency, you’re certain to have a tremendous impact as an occupational therapist.
What are the course requirements?
Most graduate programs in OT require candidates to fulfill certain prerequisites, which may include biology, psychology, and sociology. Most programs also require volunteer or paid work experience. Prerequisites vary by program so it is best to contact the graduate school that interests you for specific information. Recommended courses include:
What about advising?
Expert advising is an important part of the Patterson Center for the Health Professions. You will meet with one of our expert advisors to discuss your specific academic and professional interests. Your advisor will work with you throughout your Elmhurst career, clearing obstacles and giving expert guidance. Want to know more? See Advisors.
Where can I find additional information?
You can start by contacting us at Elmhurst’s Patterson Center for the Health Professions or you can check out this useful web site:
American Occupational Therapy Association
The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) is the professional association of approximately 35,000 occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, and students of occupational therapy. The site includes a wealth of information about OT as a career.