Occupational therapists work with their clients to assess their needs and create a plan of action enhancing the patient’s quality of life. Occupational therapists increase the patient’s independence despite injury or illness and improve the patients’ ability to participate in everyday living, socializing, work and home life. Occupational therapists further seek to prevent further injury or decrease in a patient’s independence.
Students interested in becoming occupational therapists after they graduate from Washington College are urged to seek training at the doctoral level as the accrediting body (The American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc.) is moving to have the entry point for occupational therapists occur at the doctoral level after 2027.
To ascertain which prerequisite courses you will need to complete in order to be admitted to a graduate program in occupational therapy, please examine the admissions website for each program for which you are planning to apply. Potential programs can be located through the following website which contains a list of all doctoral level accredited programs, their websites, and their accreditation status:
A worksheet of suggested courses (including an example of requirements of one occupational therapy program) has been developed as a starting guide, but beware that program prerequisite variability means that some programs may have alternate requirements.