Occupational therapy is about caring for people with physical, developmental or emotional challenges, helping them to lead fuller, more meaningful lives. Occupational therapists assist individuals in the process of identifying problems and discovering solutions to limitations caused by illness, injury, developmental delays or normal aging.
Why Occupational Therapy is in Demand:
- According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of occupational therapists is expected to increase 27 percent between 2014 and 2024, much faster than average for all occupations.
- The median annual wage for occupational therapists was $81,910 in May 2016.
- The demand for occupational therapists is increasing due to the aging Baby Boomer population and rising rates of people diagnosed with illnesses and disabilities, such as Alzheimer’s, Autism and Parkinson’s.
Is it for me?
- Are you caring and compassionate?
- Do you want to improve the quality of life for individuals who are injured or are living with disabilities?
- Does a career in the “helping professions” excite you?
- Did you enjoy service learning work in high school or the community?
Five Reasons to Choose Scranton for Occupational Therapy
Make no mistake – majoring in occupational therapy is hard work. That’s why our faculty provide an outstanding level of guidance and support.
Julie Ann Nastasi, Sc.D.,O.T.D.
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Where will Occupational Therapy take me?
Graduates of the program who have completed all academic and fieldwork requirements are able to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy.
Of our OT graduates:
- 45% work in pediatrics
- 45% work in hospitals and physical disabilities settings
- 10% work in community settings and psycho-social rehabilitation
Here are just some examples of fields that you can go into, depending on your interests:
- Industry and Supported Employment
- Home HealthCare Programs
- Nursing Homes and Long-term Care
- Hand Therapy
- Low Vision
- Feeding and Eating Disorders
- CarFit for Elderly Drivers
- Homeless Shelters or Domestic Abuse
- Pediatrics/Early Intervention, School-based, Transitional Programs
- Mental Health
- Private Practice
Thank you for helping to produce wonderful OT’s that are sure to enhance and promote the importance of our profession.
Francesca Caminiti, MS, OTR/L
How Scranton Gives You a Competitive Edge
Members of the OT faculty maintain an open door policy and involve students in their research, teaching and service. Whether it’s advising or providing letters of references, faculty members make it their priority to get to know each student on an individual level.
The program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, P.O. Box 31220, Bethesda, MD 20824-1220. AOTA’s phone number is (301) 652-AOTA.
Graduates of the program who have completed all academic and fieldwork requirements are able to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational Therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).