OT Degree Options

at Saint Francis University

  • Occupational Therapy Lab

    Why Study Occupational Therapy

    Occupational Therapy is a unique discipline among the health and human service specialties. It uses occupation as its primary mode of intervention with consumers of all ages that face challenges that might impair daily living and life satisfaction. Occupational therapists serve those whose daily routine might be challenged by physical injury or illness, developmental delay, or social, environmental, or emotional problems. 

    Occupations are those meaningful and purposeful tasks that people do every day which make them unique and which provide a sense of identity and self-worth. Research has shown that when people engage in occupations they enjoy and which are appealing and motivating, return to normal patterns of daily life occur faster.

    Degree Options

    • Undergraduate Path: Bachelor of Science in Health Science leading to a Master of Occupational Therapy 
    • Graduate Path: Master of Occupational Therapy 

    See requirements: Visit the academic catalog and scroll to the School of Health Sciences to view degree requirements.

    Occupational Therapy at SFU

    It is an exciting time to be an Occupational Therapy student at Saint Francis University! The field of occupational therapy is abounding with opportunity, with a 29% growth rate in jobs expected from 2012-2022, much faster than for other occupations, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Our graduates enjoy a 100% job placement rate within 6 months of graduation. 

    Our program has experienced tremendous growth in recent years in both numbers and opportunities. Are you looking for an outstanding academic experience, opportunity to customize your education, and mentors to help you along the way? If so, we invite you to explore our site for information regarding your future as an OT student at Saint Francis University.   

    What constitutes an outstanding academic experience in occupational therapy?

    Our uniquely designed, fully accredited Master of Occupational Therapy program will provide you with strong academic preparation to succeed as an occupational therapist. As a student in our program you will have the opportunity to:

    • Use state of the art technology in our classroom and simulation lab facilities
    • Apply evidence-based OT practice in various domains throughout the professional phase curriculum
    • Participate in exciting hands on labs with actual clients to help them engage in their valued occupations
    • Engage in community partnerships that facilitate learning from classroom to clinic through multi-sensory methods with clients in their natural environment
    • Obtain real-life experience in advocacy including opportunities to network with members of both the state and federal legislature
    • Gain entry level acceptance: once enrolled in our program your seat is saved as long as you meet progression standards
    • Earn a Bachelor of Science in Health Science degree and a minor in Psychology as part of your credentials 

    How do we facilitate your active role in your education?

    We appreciate your desire to integrate your personal interests and talents into your professional education. As a student in our program you will have the opportunity to:

    • Design a dual major or additional minors into your pre-professional curriculum such as sign language, education, neuroscience
    • Plan and carry out client-centered interventions to enhance your creativity, clinical reasoning and confidence for real-world application with guidance from the OT Faculty
    • Collaborate with your faculty advisor to incorporate your personal interests into your occupational therapy thesis
    • Partner with the Academic Fieldwork Coordinator in the fieldwork selection process that allows for diverse experiences which support your learning needs, interests and future success

    How do we help mentor you along the way?

    We are committed to helping you grow personally and professionally while you are here. As a student in our program you will have the opportunity to:

    • Benefit from a skilled OT faculty advisor to guide your academic experience from your initial summer orientation through graduation
    • Access OT faculty with ease and receive one on one attention
    • Learn from faculty who are highly qualified, experts in their fields and have received awards for excellence in teaching, research and service
    • Contribute to the AOTA Centennial Vision through collaboration with faculty on special projects, state and national association meetings and workshops, research, and leadership development activities 

    Career Opportunities

    Opportunities are growing as the population ages and the healthcare industry increases its emphasis on prevention and cost containment. Occupational therapists practice in health and human service environments, working with patients and their families and support systems, and with nurses, physicians and other specialists. They increasingly assume supervisory roles, and many choose to work on a part-time basis.

    Job Outlook

    According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of occupational therapists is expected to increase 29 percent between 2012 and 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. Job opportunities should be good for licensed occupational therapists in all settings, particularly in acute hospital, rehabilitation and orthopedic settings, because the elderly receive most of their treatment in these settings. Occupational therapists with specialized knowledge also will have increased job prospects. Driver rehabilitation and fall prevention training for the elderly are emerging practice areas as well.

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