Occupational therapists treat injured, ill or disabled patients through the therapeutic use of everyday activities. By helping patients develop, recover, improve and maintain the skills needed for daily living, they help restore independence and confidence to their patients. By following the pre-occupational program at UNI, students are on an efficient pathway to complete prerequisites, which will prepare them for a physical therapy program.
It is important to keep in mind that the pre-occupational therapy track is not an academic major; rather, it’s a suggested program of study that prepares students to apply to professional school upon completing their undergraduate degree.
Employment of occupational therapists is projected to grow 17% from 2020 to 2030, much faster than the average for all occupations.
The biology department’s Pre-Occupational Therapy Club provides networking opportunities, helps students with graduate school applications, and offers internship and/or job-shadowing opportunities for its members.
The average salary for an occupational therapist in 2020 was $86,280 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.