Strong growth is predicted for the OT profession over the next decade.
Employment in the OT field is expected to increase by 26 percent between 2008 and 2018.
The Department of Occupational Therapy is dedicated to preparing the Occupational Therapists who will shape and lead the profession in the years to come. Our graduates are first and foremost Occupational Therapists, well-versed in the sciences and skills that enable clients to restore function and adapt to the new realities and limitations that follow life-altering events. The following programs are offered through our Department:
Master of Occupational Therapy Program
The Master of Occupational Therapy program emphasizes an appreciation of the
individual and imparts an understanding of cultural identities and responses.
Our graduates work to make the profession and its services available to all —
and to eliminate the health disparities that exclude many from the level of care
and participation they deserve. Students are admitted once a year, with
classes beginning in Summer Session, 2014.
Doctor of Occupational Therapy (DrOT)
For the Licensed Occupational Therapist — Advanced Practice
In keeping pace with the dynamic nature of our healthcare system, since
January, 2009, the College of Health and Human Services has offered the Doctor
of Occupational Therapy (DrOT) degree program for the advanced practice-licensed
occupational therapist. Today's advanced practice occupational therapists must
provide the best care possible based on the latest hard evidence.
The DrOT program will give OT practitioners the ability to find, interpret,
synthesize and apply findings from the very latest research, theory and models
Conductive Education Certificate
The Department also offers cutting-edge training in Conductive Education
through the Conductive Education Certificate. The Certificate, developed with a
grant from the Coleman Foundation, provides a comprehensive background in the
emerging field of Conductive Education. The Certificate is an excellent program
of continuing education that brings both occupational and physical therapists to
the fore in this exciting, and new, method of therapy.
From Occupational Therapy Assistant to Occupational Therapist
Occupational Therapy Assistants (OTA) are encouraged to consider a
Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies through the College of Arts and
Sciences of Governors State University (GSU). An advisor can help an OTA build
on his/her current degree and experiences to earn a bachelor’s degree, plus the
prerequisites required to apply to advanced degree programs in occupational
therapy and a variety of health and human service professions.