Occupational therapists help people of all ages regain their quality of life through the therapeutic use of everyday activities. They help children with disabilities to participate fully in school and social situations, help individuals recovering from injury to regain skills, and provide support for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes.
Shenandoah’s graduate program in occupational therapy prepares you to help clients reach their greatest level of quality of life and independence by serving as a caring and effective occupational therapist. Close mentorships with faculty, combined with the program’s small class sizes and practical learning experiences, prepare you to enter the field as a professional dedicated to service, ethics and leadership.
What makes Shenandoah University's Division of Occupational Therapy so unique?
Faculty Mentors Make the Difference....Our caring faculty serve as mentors beyond the classroom. As a team, they prepare you to be a compassionate provider, critical thinker and ethical leader. You’ll benefit from small class sizes that enable faculty members to provide individualized attention and nurture your academic and professional development.
Opportunities to Gain Real-World Experience....You’ll gain invaluable hands-on experience through extensive fieldwork experiences. Working with faculty members, physicians and fellow students from Shenandoah’s pharmacy, physician assistant and physical therapy programs, you’ll provide invaluable medical services, making a difference to underserved populations at home and around the world.
Innovative Hybrid Learning Offers Flexibility to Fit Your Life....The program’s hybrid learning format combines online coursework with once-weekly, on-campus meetings, providing flexibility for both traditional and non-traditional students. You’ll gain additional experience through faculty-directed experiential learning in your home community and apply these experiences to the classroom and online learning environments.
Key features to our program:
- Hybrid curriculum model
- Full-time and part-time tracks available
- Graduates earn an average starting salary of $50,000–$60,000
- 98 percent licensure exam pass rate
- Accessible faculty mentors
- Hands-on learning experiences with clients
- Online coursework offers flexibility for non-traditional students
- Provide service through community and international experiences
- Faculty are actively involved in health care advocacy and policy development
Community-based experiences are offered every semester. Students, with the help of faculty and other local therapists, will engage in a variety of learning activities in their home communities. Students learn to work hands-on with clients, consult with other professionals, educate clients and families, and advocate for the rights of people with disabilities.
Semester 1 (Fall) OT 522 Foundations of Occupational Therapy OT 523 Therapeutic Occupation OT 524 Occupation and Movement OT 525 Fundamentals of Scholarly Inquiry OT 526 Foundational Case Groups I OT 527 Community Application with Individuals Semester 2 (Spring) OT 620 Scholarly Inquiry: Design and Analysis OT 532 Neuro-Occupation OT 534 Analysis of Health and…Read More