Graduate Snapshot - Occupational Therapy
Description of Program:
Faculty participating in the program will contribute through service and education to professional circles and the local community; and will maintain high standards of professional knowledge while offering quality education to students.
Occupational therapists work with individuals whose ability to participate in the occupations of life is disrupted or unable to develop due to injury, disease, developmental difficulties or environmental factors. Occupational therapy is a health and human service profession whose name is reflective of the time that it was formally founded (1917) when the term occupation collectively referred to activities people engage in throughout their day.
Based on the centuries-old belief that there is health in doing, active client-centered participation is both the focus of the professional and its main avenue of intervention. Occupational therapists work in hospitals (inpatient and outpatient programs), rehabilitation centers, early intervention programs, schools, mental health programs, home health care agencies, industrial medicine/rehabilitation programs, skilled nursing facilities, private practices, correctional facilities, shelters, community-based programs, or at colleges or universities as faculty.
Degrees Offered: Master of Occupational Therapy (M.O.T.)
Program Website: http://www.healthsci.jmu.edu/occupationaltherapy
Catalog Website: http://www.jmu.edu/gradcatalog/12/programs/occupationaltherapy.html