If you are a “people person” interested in empowering people of all ages who suffer some degree of disability (e.g. congenital, emotional, post-traumatic, or post-surgical), occupational therapy might be a good fit for you.
As a professional in this applied science, you will teach people skills to enable them to perform the tasks of everyday living. The skills you teach may be as simple as eating or getting dressed, or more complex, like learning to drive a hand operated car, operating a computer with modified control switches, or developing new job skills. Occupational therapists work in clinical practice, administration, education, research, or in private practice.
To work as an occupational therapist you will need to meet the following requirements:
- A MS degree in the field of occupational therapy
- Internship of at least 6 months
- Passing a national board examination
3-2 Combined Curriculum Program
Calvin College has a 3-2 combined curriculum program with the Washington University School of Medicine’s Program in Occupational Therapy. This program is outlined below.
Your first three years will be at Calvin. These are the courses you will take during these first three years
Biology 141, 205, and 206
Communication Arts and Sciences 101
English 101 plus a literature course
Foreign Language: through the second year college competency (0-4 semesters)
Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Dance, Sports: 3 activity courses
History 151 or 152
IDIS 110, 149 and W50/150
Mathematics 143 or Psychology 255 (statistics)
Music 103 or 106, 107, 203 or 236
Philosophy 212 or 205
Physical Education 215 or Communication Arts and Sciences 215
Psychology 151, 201, and 212
Religion and Theology 121 or 131, and one course from 211-214 or 221-224, or from 230-237, 243, 244, 251
Sociology 151 and 153
Your next two years will be spent at Washington University for two years of clinical training.
After you are accepted and complete your first year at Washington University, Calvin College will award you with a bachelor of science in letters and occupational therapy.
Upon completion of your second year, Washington University will award the MSOT (master of science in occupational therapy) degree. If you are in the doctoral program there, the OTD. (Doctor of occupational therapy) is awarded at the end of the third year.