About Our Department

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We have opportunities rarely found at other universities. For instance, we utilize an innovative Smart Simulation Lab. This state-of-the-art facility simulates an actual living space and incorporates high-tech solutions to everyday challenges, such as low vision supports, adaptive driving equipment, simulators, assistive technology devices and environmental controls. This simulation lab provides deep experiential learning opportunities so you can translate classroom teaching into real-life work situations.

As a department we also have a Pre-Health Professions Advising Program directed by Amy Thompson. She advises all undergraduate pre-occupational therapy students to help them prepare for our master's program. Take seamless semesters and credits that will further your education and fast track you to a rewarding career.

ROI: Department of Occupational Therapy

6 Reasons Behind the ROI
Fieldwork & Faculty Mentorship
Synthesize didactic coursework with clinical skills
Stretching Boundaries
Interprofessional collaboration across disciplines
Simulation Laboratory
State-of-the-art preps for real-world scenarios
Patient Engagement
Learn to communicate effectively with confidence
Finding New Solutions
Understand how science & technology can be used to serve humanity
Inclusive Community & Mindset
Develop an appreciation for diversity in both working & living environments

Your Education

Clarkson's Occupational Therapy's  "curricular threads" represent the themes that are interwoven throughout all of the coursework. They reflect the values and priorities of our department, as well as the unique philosophy and mission our University.

  • Professional Identity
    Students will value and assume an identity of service and contribution, by promoting occupation and participation in multiple contexts through the identification of barriers to and providing supports for occupational roles and performance patterns.
  • Innovation
    Students will develop the ability to meet the needs of local, regional, and global society, including a focus on rural communities, through research and scholarship.
  • Technology
    Students will learn to engineer solutions through technology including telehealth, assistive technology, and virtual contexts.
  • Education & Research
    Students will develop problem-solving abilities through science-driven practice and the use of practice-based evidence, with a focus on occupation as both intervention and outcome.
  • Interprofessional Practice
    Students will exhibit strong leadership and collaborative skills as they assume roles of advocacy and activism for both clients and the profession.

What is Occupational Therapy?

Instead of asking, "What is the matter?" occupational therapists ask, "What matters to you?"

Life is composed of "occupations" or day-to-day activities that we find meaningful and purposeful. Occupations vary from person to person and may include roles such as being a parent, friend, student, spouse, athlete, painter and so on. We tend to take occupations for granted until we encounter challenges that prevent us from doing them. Occupational therapists teach people who find their occupational roles disrupted by injury, illness or other health-related challenges how to once again engage in the occupations they value.

What Does an Occupational Therapist Do?

Why struggle to learn how to drive after an injury?

Why struggle to get dressed after a stroke?

Why struggle to cook a meal or care for your family when you are recovering post mastectomy?

Occupational therapists are holistic, health care professionals who have learned how to apply evidence-based interventions to improve a person’s psychological, physical, emotional and social participation. They assist individuals in setting achievable goals, stay healthy, productive and independent, and participate in everyday activities. Occupational therapists enjoy the satisfaction of helping people live life to its fullest!

How Hard is it To Start a Career in OT?

Occupational therapists may find themselves working in diverse work settings, serving people of all ages. The employment outlook for occupational therapists is great! The US Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that “Employment of occupational therapists is expected to increase 29% between 2012 and 2022, growth to be much faster than the average for all occupations.” This is a great time to be an occupational therapy practitioner. Don't just take our word for it. It consistently ranks high as one of the top jobs, and recession-proof job:

See more at http://www.aota.org/education-careers/considering-ot-career/joboutlook.aspx

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The Clarkson University Master of Occupational Therapy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association.  ACOTE awarded the program a 7-year, full accreditation in August 2017. The next evaluation will be in 2021–2022.

ACOTE is located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE's telephone number is 301-652-6611 x2914, email is accred@aota.org and its website is www.acoteonline.org.

Clarkson University is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, 3624 Market St., Philadelphia, PA 19104-2680, 215-662-5606. In addition, the University is accredited by the United States Civil Service Commission, and its curricula are approved by the New York State Board of Regents.  The Occupational Therapy Program has been registered by the New York State Education Department.

Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the National Certification Examination for the Occupational Therapist, administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the graduate will be an occupational therapist, registered (OTR). Graduation from an accredited program is a requirement of NBCOT for certification. It is also required for most states for licensing. For more information on the requirements for certification, see the NBCOT website at http://www.nbcot.org/. For more information on license requirements for New York State, see the New York State Education Department, Office of the Professions website at http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/ot/.

A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT Certification Examination or attain state licensure.


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