Occupational therapists work with people of all ages who suffer from some degree of disability. As a student in this program, you'll learn to look past a person's disability to discover what they can do.
The pre-occupational therapy program at Calvin is designed to prepare you for entry into a master's level occupational therapy program. As a professional in this applied science, you'll enable your patients by teaching them the skills they need to function and contribute to society. The five-year program is comprised of three years at Calvin and two years at Washington University where you'll receive your clinical training. Upon completion of your second year at Washington, you'll receive your MSOT?master of science in occupational therapy?degree.
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Volunteer at local hospitals and senior centers; Attend lectures sponsored by the biology and chemistry departments; Spend the summer assisting a professor with research; Intern at Van Andel Institute; Work as a Camp Counselor at a camp for adults with special needs.
Preparation for entrance into the field of occupational therapy (OT) requires earning a master of science degree (MSOT) or a doctor?s degree (OTD) in occupational therapy, completing a six-month internship, and passing a national board examination. Admission into these graduate programs requires a college degree with any major so long as certain specified courses are taken. It also requires work or volunteer experience in OT, which can be arranged through the Service-Learning Center at Calvin.
Because the specific courses required for admission to occupational therapy are designated by the school offering the degree, the student should obtain a list of these required courses from each school to which they intend to apply. This step can be completed after arriving at Calvin and learning which schools offer OT programs. Before registering for classes, a schedule for each student is arranged in consultation with the pre-occupational therapy advisors, A. Wilstermann or R. Nyhof, of the Biology department.
Calvin offers a 3-2 combined curriculum program with the program in occupational therapy, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. A student participating in this program would spend three years at Calvin taking the specific courses listed below, apply for acceptance into the program at Washington University, and if accepted, transfer to Washington University for the two clinical years. Upon successful completion of the first year, the student would receive a bachelor of science in letters and occupational therapy from Calvin and a MSOT from Washington University upon successful completion of the second year program. Alternatively, a student accepted into the OTD program would spend three years at Washington University. A student applying from Calvin will receive preferential status in his/her application for either program.
The three-year program at Calvin includes the following requirements:
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Interested in teaching? You can gain certification in Pre-Occupational Therapy as a:
Calvin's teacher education program also contains education-specific course requirements that you must complete prior to certification. See course requirements for: