The occupational therapy (OT) profession is based on the belief that purposeful and meaningful activities, called occupations, are the primary tools used for human development (AOTA, 1979). Occupational therapists work with clients of all ages who have physical, mental, or developmental disabilities, to improve performance of daily activities.
Two program options are offered: the traditional full-time, two year curriculum or the full-time, three year, hybrid curriculum (for students who must maintain employment throughout the program due to life commitments.) Both lead to an entry-level Master of Science in occupational therapy. Completion of all prerequisite coursework; a minimum of 50 hours of work, volunteer, and/or job shadow experience with a licensed OT; and the previous attainment of a bachelor's degree are required before starting either program.
OT students study a variety of topics that include:
OTs are employed in a variety of health care settings including:
College of Health Professions
Occupational Therapy Program
Admissions Process: www.gvsu.edu/ot/application-process-19.htm
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