Helping People Across the Lifespan Through the Therapeutic Use of Everyday Occupations
A rewarding and fast-growing career in Occupational Therapy begins with obtaining either an accredited Doctorate (Entry-Level OTD - launched in Spring 2023) or a Master's degree (MSOT) from SJSU! You can be confident that we are the right choice when you see that our national reputation for excellence is based on a superior academic curriculum, distinguished faculty, and accomplished graduates. We have also satisfied the requirement to meet 189 standards established for OT academic programs. We have such an outstanding program that we were featured in a Newsweek article on the leading OT programs for 2020-2021! You can read more about our accreditation, career choices and more below.
Our Impressive Accreditation
SJSU's program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). In 2016 the Accreditation Council of Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) awarded us a 10-year accreditation based on the strength of our academic program. This is the longest accreditation period awarded and we are incredibly proud of this accomplishment. Learn more about ACOTE at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929, by calling, c/o AOTA, (301) 652 - AOTA or by visiting www.acoteonline.org.
OT Doctorate Program
San Jose State University is very excited to announce that in addition to our current MSOT program, the new Entry-Level Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) program has begun as of Spring 2023! Applications are accepted via the Occupational Therapy Department beginning July 1. Applicants must also complete the OTCAS application process that opens on July 21. Our OTD program is designed to develop occupational therapy leaders, advocates, and innovators with a clear focus on community engagement and social justice for underserved populations. Informational Sessions will be held for interested students.
Where do Occupational Therapists Work?
Occupational therapists work in a wide variety of settings, including hospitals, rehabilitation centers, nursing homes, corporations, private practices, schools, and many others. They work with and improve the lives of diverse individuals across the lifespan with a variety of conditions, including people with developmental, physical, and psychological disabilities.
In remembrance of a SJSU OT Alumna and colleague, Lois M. Barber
In late November 2022, the profession of Occupational Therapy lost a wonderful leader. Lois Marie Barber, a 1952 graduate of then San Jose State College, was the San Jose State University OT Distinguished Alumna of the Year [pdf] for 2000.
Learn more about our long history, our curriculum, mission, and values. Plus, gain further insight as to what it means to be an occupational therapist.
Gain access to our admissions process and requirements, in addition to the appropriate forms and resources needed to successfully apply.
Discover information about our Pre-OT Club, graduate, and doctoral programs, fieldwork, and certification.
MSOT Informational Session - TBD (via Zoom)
Time: 6:00 - 7:00PM (PST); Register here.
OTD Informational Session - February 8, 2024; Time: 6:15 - 7:15pm (PST)
(Zoom link will be provided when you register)
Senior occupational therapy students participate in several types of clinics as a practicum. Learn more about these clinics and what skills students can expect to gain upon completion. We have on-campus clinics that you can participate in if you are interested by completing the clinic referral form.
All students must complete fieldwork in addition to their academic studies in order to be prepared for their careers. Learn more about the types of fieldwork available to students, and how it will help you achieve greater career success.
Get to know our current students, and learn about the resources and organizations that would supplement your success in our program.
This report highlights just a few of the ways our faculty, staff and students are making a significant impact. Please take a few minutes to see what our colleagues are doing across College of Health and Human Sciences!