Our department prepares you for today's world, tomorrow's challenges and future careers. We help you master fundamental academic abilities, personal and social development, and the philosophical values of occupational therapy (OT).
Our programs emphasize the core philosophy of Clarkson University, with four components serving as common threads through multiple courses:
- Learn to communicate effectively
- Develop an appreciation for diversity in both working and living environments
- Recognize the importance of personal, societal, and professional ethics
- Understand how science and technology can be used to serve humanity.
Instead of asking, "What's the matter with you?" our occupational therapists ask, "What matters to you?"
Life is composed of “occupations,” 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, a friend, a student, a spouse, an athlete, a painter, a traveler and so on. We tend to take occupations for granted until we encounter challenges that prevent us from doing them. Occupational therapists help people re-engage in the occupations they value.
What is the role of an occupational therapist?
Occupational therapists are holistic, healthcare 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; staying healthy, productive and independent and participating in everyday activities. Occupational therapists enjoy the satisfaction of helping people live life to its fullest!