Occupational Therapy

Enable people of all ages to live life to its fullest by helping them promote health, and prevent—or live better with—injury, illness, or disability.

Occupational therapy is the only profession that helps people across the lifespan to do the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of daily activities (occupations). 

Occupational therapy practitioners have a holistic perspective, in which the focus is on adapting the environment and/or task to fit the person, and the person is an integral part of the therapy team. It is an evidence-based practice deeply rooted in science.”

What will I study?

Professional program requirements vary widely, especially with regard to advanced biology courses and English requirements. Be sure to check all graduate programs you are considering applying to early during your undergraduate studies for specific prerequisites needed to apply to that school’s program.

Within Gardner-Webb’s pre-professional employment track, you will want to review the Biology major and Exercise Science pre-professional concentration four-year plan if interested in Occupational Therapy.

The most common prerequisite courses include:

  • BIOL 111: General Biology
  • BIOL 203: Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BIOL 204: Anatomy and Physiology II
  • BIOL 222: Medical Terminology
  • CHEM 111: General Chemistry
  • EXSI 335: Kinesiology or EXSI 347: Sport and Exercise Physiology
  • MATH 105: Statistics
  • MATH 151: Calculus
  • PHYS 203: General Physics I
  • PHYS 204: General Physics II
  • PSCH 201: General Psychology
  • PSYC 206: Developmental Psychology
  • RELI 341: Christian Ethics

Additional information, including descriptions of specific courses and their corresponding credit hours, is available in the Academic Cat opens in a new windowalog.

$85K

median salary for occupational therapists

18%

projected job growth from 2018–2028

50%

work in schools, nursing homes, and home services

What can I do with this degree?

Gardner-Webb pre-professional students focusing in Occupational Therapy will prepare for a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) or Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (DOT).

Common occupational therapy interventions include helping children with disabilities to participate fully in school and social situations, helping people recovering from injury to regain skills, and providing support for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes.

Occupational therapy services typically include:

  • an individualized evaluation, during which the client/family and occupational therapist determine the person’s goals;
  • customized intervention to improve the person’s ability to perform daily activities and reach the goals; and
  • an outcomes evaluation to ensure that the goals are being met and/or make changes to the intervention plan.

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Admissions

  1. Review the AOTA program pages for important accredited  opens in a new windowMaster’s-Level and  opens in a new windowDoctoral-Level program-specific  opens in a new windowformats and admissions criteria.
  2. Complete the  opens in a new windowGraduate Record Examination (GRE®) at least a semester prior to program deadline.
  3. Submit official transcripts from every college/university attended as required by the OT program.  opens in a new windowIt is important to apply early! Many OT programs have multiple deadline dates (i.e., preferred, priority, or early decision) or operate on a rolling admissions process.