Working, eating, driving — when illness or injury strike, tasks that once were easy can suddenly seem impossible. Occupational therapists help people get back to the things they need, want and love to do.
Finding the perfect study spot for crunch time is a must in college. Many of our students love the Hewes Library, Einstein Bros. Bagels, and the Center for Science and Business.
Professor Marsha Dopheide, adviser to pre-OT students, talks all things brain power during a class lecture.
Our average class size is under 20 students, which is especially helpful in a lab setting. Research opportunities can start as early as student’s first year.
Build the foundation to help others develop, maintain and recover their ability to perform meaningful work and life activities. While physical therapists are focused primarily on physical mobility and strength, occupational therapists help people across the lifespan to do the things they want and need by helping them promote health and prevent — or live better with — injury, illness or disability. Students interested in graduate school in occupational therapy are well-prepared by majoring in biopsychology, psychology or biology.
Aside from content knowledge, our students gain communication skills, writing skills, leadership skills and the ability to critically analyze information. Our liberal arts foundation and strong preparation in biology and psychology sets our students apart as graduate school applicants. Our pre-OT education also provides ample opportunities for student-designed independent research.
The LeSuer Nature Preserve provides opportunities for field classes and research.
Rolling hills split by a small stream offer upland grassland, forest, riparian, and aquatic habitats for study. Restoration of the entire area to pre-settlement conditions, hello native prairie grass, provides abundant opportunities for student research. Water quality monitoring and aquatic ecology studies are also possible in the stream.