Pre-Occupational Therapy at Carroll University
Carroll University offers an opportunity to pursue an emphasis in Pre-Occupational Therapy for those students wishing to pursue future graduate education in Occupational Therapy.
Occupational Therapists help people across the lifespan participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities (occupations). Occupational Therapists (OT's) work with people of all ages who need specialized assistance to lead independent, productive, and satisfying lives due to physical, developmental, social, or emotional problems. Occupational therapists use the "occupations" of self-care, work, and play/leisure activities to increase independence, enhance development, and/or prevent disability. To achieve these goals occupational therapists may also adapt the task or the environment. The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) identifies six practice areas: Children and Youth, Health and Wellness, Mental Health, Productive Aging, Rehabilitation, Disability, and Participation, and Work and Industry. Occupational therapy will continue to be an important part of treatment for people with various illnesses and disabilities.
Employment of occupational therapists is expected to increase 33 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations. As a comparison, health diagnosing and treating practitioners are predicted to increase by 26% and total all occupations by 14%.
Students interested in a career in occupational therapy must complete an undergraduate degree with required prerequisites, graduate from an entry-level occupational therapy education program (Master's or Doctoral level) accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) and sit for the National Occupational Therapy Certification Examination.
Students can get prepared for graduate occupational therapy education at Carroll University through the completion of an undergraduate degree and the specific required prerequisite courses of the occupational therapy educational program. Suggested undergraduate majors may include Psychology, Biology, Public Health or Exercise Science. In addition, Carroll's Health and Human Experience minor would provide excellent preparation for the Occupational Therapy graduate program.
The Carroll University Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) program is a two-year, post-baccalaureate program that will prepare students to pursue one of the most rewarding and fastest growing health care careers in Wisconsin and nationwide.
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