Occupational therapists help people across the lifespan participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities (occupations). Common occupational therapy interventions include helping children with disabilities to participate fully in school and social situations, helping people recovering from injury to regain skills, and providing supports for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes.
How do I become an Occupational Therapist?
To become a licensed OT, students MUST attend a professional OT Program at the master’s or doctoral level. These are commonly 2-3 year programs. Students should be most concerned about achieving the pre-requisite requirements for admission to the OT program of their choice. The pre-requisite requirements for all programs can be found on the American Occupational Therapy website.
The most common course pre-requisites are Anatomy & Physiology I & II, Lifespan Development, Abnormal Psychology and Statistics.
Students from Heidelberg that have attended Occupational Therapy programs have majored in Biology, Chemistry, and Health Science. However, students can choose any major - admission to OT graduate programs is based on overall GPA, prerequisite course GPA, experience/knowledge of the field, and leadership/involvement.
Emily Mack '12
Emily (Mack) Figley graduated from Heidelberg University with a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology (biopsych track) and minors in music and biology. She earned a Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) degree from The Ohio State University with a research specialization. Now, Emily is board-certified in OT and became a Certified Stroke Rehabilitation Specialist (CSRS) in 2018. She has worked in inpatient rehabilitation, acute care, outpatient neurological settings, and most recently began working in outpatient orthopedics.