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.”
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:
Additional information, including descriptions of specific courses and their corresponding credit hours, is available in the Academic Catalog.
median salary for occupational therapists
projected job growth from 2018–2028
work in schools, nursing homes, and home services
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:
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The mentorship and opportunities that I was offered created a foundation for my graduate studies and future career as an occupational therapist that I would not have received anywhere else.
Overall, the curriculum and experiences I had at GWU helped me feel prepared for graduate school and I am very grateful to be an alumna.