Occupational therapists (OT) help people perform daily tasks (i.e., work related, leisure, and other life skills) to help maximize independent living. The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) defines OT as “a science-driven, evidence-based profession that enables people of all ages to live life to its fullest by helping them promote health and prevent—or live better with—illness, injury or disability.”

The treatment approach includes treating the whole person. Occupational therapists help individuals with mental, physical, emotional, or developmental impairments. They work with individuals to develop a custom treatment program and give guidance to families, caregivers, and communities. There are six broad areas that occupational therapists work in: mental health; productive aging; children and youth; health and wellness; work and industry; rehabilitation, disability, and participation.

At Dominican, students interested in pursuing graduate school and careers in occupational therapy generally major in psychology receive special advising from faculty mentors. To learn more about the pre-OT sequence, contact Tina Taylor-Ritzler at tritzler@dom.edu.

Read more about getting started with a career in occupational therapy and Dominican's recommended pre-OT course of study in the Undergraduate Bulletin.