Occupational therapists use everyday activities to help people with disabilities resulting from physical injury, disease, developmental delays, aging, and psychological dysfunctions achieve independence. Occupational therapists help individuals adapt or improve their performance at work, in school, or in daily living.
If you are interested in a career in occupational therapy, you could major in psychology, biology, or health, physical education and recreation. Although specific course requirements vary, you will need to take courses in:
- Biology (introduction to biology, anatomy and physiology)
- Psychology (introductory, psychopathology, developmental, personality)
- Introductory science
- Humanities (English composition)
- Other areas that vary from program to program.
Certification as an occupational therapist is based on graduation from an approved occupational therapy program and acceptable performance on the American Occupational Therapy examination.
The occupational therapy program advisor is Dr. Mark Christians, professor of psychology. You can contact him at Mark.Christians@dordt.edu to learn more about Dordt's program.