Advisers: Manuel Campos, Don Fischer, David Mitchell
Occupational therapy employs "occupation" or purposeful activity to help people of all ages with physical, developmental, or emotional dysfunctions and assists people to prevent, lessen, or overcome disabilities.
Occupational therapists direct the patient's participation in selected tasks to restore, reinforce, or enhance performance and learning of those skills and functions essential for daily activities. Working cooperatively with other members of the health team, occupational therapists help patients improve their basic motor skills, reasoning, and functional abilities, while utilizing purposeful activity in a variety of settings to reduce physical and psychosocial disability.
Specific information regarding prerequisite and recommended courses, minimum GPA and prerequisite GPA, Graduate Record Exam (GRE), and occupational therapy experience requirements can be found on the individual occupational therapy program webpages. Also, if you completed advanced placement (AP) courses while in high school, make sure to read the occupational therapy program's policy regarding advanced placement (AP) courses.
See a complete list of entry-level doctoral programs in occupational therapy that are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE)