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The Occupational Therapy Program at San Jose State University (SJSU) was founded in 1943 as one of the first occupational therapy programs in the West. Our national reputation for excellence is based on a superior academic curriculum, distinguished faculty, and accomplished graduates.

The Occupational Therapy Program at San José State University is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education [ACOTE - c/o Accreditation Department, American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3425; phone 301-652-2682]. It is the oldest accredited Occupational Therapy program in the California State University system.

What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational Therapy is a field in which one can bring together a variety of interests -- medicine, psychology, psychiatry, work activities, music, art, dance, and crafts (adopted by the Representative Assembly, American Occupational Therapy Association, March 7, 1981).

Where do Occupational Therapists Work?

The term "occupation" means all the activities that occupy meaningful day-to-day living, including work, self-care, and leisure. Occupational Therapy is a health profession that helps people who have been affected by accident or injury, disease, aging, developmental delay, or psychological disability to make the necessary lifestyle changes to become more self-sufficient and independent.

Curriculum Core

Participation in meaningful occupation to promote health, well-being, and social inclusion across the lifespan.

Our Mission

The Occupational Therapy Department at San Jose State University is dedicated to preparing culturally diverse occupational therapy leaders who promote health and participation in life for individuals, organizations, and populations through engagement in occupation.

Our Vision

Our vision for the occupational therapy department at SJSU is to have a departmental culture that preserves our legacy of excellence in teaching and clinical expertise through innovation and creativity. The department will be actively engaged in local, national, and international initiatives. The department will recruit diverse faculty and students who will be actively engaged in a dynamic curriculum that integrates theoretical and clinical learning. The curriculum will have the ability to adapt to current and future trends while staying consistent with the core values of occupational therapy and being clearly focused on occupation. Faculty will engage in robust scholarship informing teaching and clinical practice. Graduates will be innovators and problem-solvers committed to social and occupational justice who contribute to the evidence base of the profession. We will expand our work in the faculty-run clinics and in the community, recognizing that clients and organizations are our partners in delivering occupational therapy. The community will recognize the department as a valuable resource in empowering people to live life to the fullest through engagement in occupations.

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