Occupational therapists help people of all ages do the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of daily activities or occupations, according to the American Occupational Therapy Association. Interventions include helping children with disabilities participate fully in school and social situations, helping people recovering from injury regain skills, and providing supports for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes.
Occupational therapy, a health profession based in the biological and social sciences, is one of the fastest growing professions of the decade, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Our occupational therapy program teaches students to restore, reinforce and enhance performance through meaningful activities or occupations that help individuals learn the skills and functions required to take care of themselves, be productive and improve overall health and well-being. Our programs are earning national recognition for developing competent, ethical and empathetic occupational therapy practitioners and occupational scientists who are improving the health and work lives of individuals and communities.
National Ranking and Accreditation
Our professional master’s program in occupational therapy is currently ranked 21st in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report. The Occupational Therapy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449.
In the Field
Students in the department benefit from diverse fieldwork experiences at world-renowned medical institutions, local and regional school systems, skilled nursing facilities, mental health facilities, rehabilitation centers, and in community-based programs. You will have the unique opportunity to demonstrate professional competencies under the supervision of a qualified occupational therapy practitioner in these settings.
Our faculty members excel in teaching, research and service and provide you with valuable insight about the field. Their areas of expertise address areas across the lifespan, from children and youth on the autism spectrum to adults living with persistent mental illness to older adult occupational engagement, successful aging, and caregiver issues.
Maryland’s Only Program
The department offers the state’s only program in occupational therapy that prepares students to become certified as occupational therapists.