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A career in Occupational Therapy offers the opportunity to work in a fast-growing and rewarding health care field. Occupational therapists work in a wide variety of settings, including hospitals, rehabilitation centers, nursing homes, public and private schools, community organizations and programs, outpatient clinics, day care facilities, patient homes, corporations, and private practice.
Occupational therapists help people participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday occupations. Occupational therapists work with diverse individuals, such as:
- A child with cerebral palsy who wants to play with other children
- A woman with a stroke who wants to dress herself independently
- A man with a mental illness who wants to manage a checkbook, shop, and use public transportation
- A teenager who has been injured in an automobile accident and wants to return to school
- An older adult with low vision who wants to continue to live safely in the family home
A career in occupational therapy begins with obtaining a Master's degree in occupational therapy from an accredited program. Upon completion of the Master's degree, graduates are eligible to sit for the national certification examination. Candidates who obtain a passing score on the examination are registered occupational therapists (OTR) and are eligible to obtain state licensure.
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.
VIDEO of 70th Anniversary Keynote Address by Dr. Shawn Phipps (09/20/2013)
If you believe that San Jose State University and the Occupational Therapy Department contributed to, or were instrumental in your professional development and ultimate financial success, please help us now with a generous financial contribution. There is no more important time to give than now and there is no more important investment you could be making in your profession than to give back to the school and program of which you can be proud. Consider making a gift to the department in honor of our upcoming Diamond 75th anniversary.
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