Occupational therapists work with individuals who may be recovering from illnesses or injuries, contending with developmental disabilities, or coping with changes resulting from the aging process. Occupational therapists advance the person's well being by promoting adaptation and independence through meaningful activities of everyday living to enhance and restore health. By preventing, reducing, or overcoming physical, social, and emotional impairments in people, occupational therapists help to restore and sustain the highest quality of productive life to persons of all ages.
To become a registered occupational therapist (OTR), a person must graduate from an accredited school of occupational therapy, and successfully pass the national certification examination administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy. Many states including Oklahoma, also require a license to practice occupational therapy within the state.
For further information about the profession of occupational therapy, contact the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) at (http://www.aota.org).
The Master of Occupational Therapy degree professional program consists of 80 semester hours of sequenced and integrated didactic and clinical courses. All didactic course work is offered on the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC) campuses in Oklahoma City and Tulsa via distance education. The Master of Occupational Therapy degree professional program begins in the summer of every year and consists of 80 credit hours of sequenced and integrated didactic and clinical courses including 26 weeks of fieldwork to be completed in no more than five years.
The progression and retention policies for the Program in Occupational Therapy are described in the College of Allied Health Academic Standards (http://catalog.ou.edu/current/Health_Sci_Ctr_Allied_Health.htm) and include:
- a minimum grade of C or S in each program course.
- a grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher each semester.
- a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher while enrolled in an academic program in the College.
- a GPA of 2.5 or higher in all required courses in the academic program in which the student is enrolled.
- professional performance and behavior.
- satisfactory progress, as determined by the Academic Progress Committee and the Dean.