Occupational therapists help people prepare to re-enter the workplace or merely regain control over their lives. They help patients develop behaviors and modify the workplace or living environment to accommodate disabilities and prevent further injury. As such, they are part psychologist, part sociologist, and part allied health specialist.
Occupational therapy programs are moving toward master’s degrees rather than the traditional baccalaureate degree. Eastern students who decide to pursue a career in occupational therapy should complete a baccalaureate degree in an appropriate major — such as psychology — and apply to a master’s program. Currently there are six master’s degree programs in Illinois including Chicago State University, Elmhurst College, Governors State University, Midwestern University, Rush University, and University of Illinois Chicago.
For additional information about your potential career in occupational therapy, check out the American Occupational Therapy Association's website.