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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.
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 33% growth rate in jobs expected from 2010-2020, 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.
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:
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:
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:
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.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of occupational therapists is expected to increase 23 percent between 2006 and 2016, 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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