**Please note: You cannot graduate from the University of Mississippi Oxford Campus with an Occupational Therapy degree.
An occupational therapist (OT) is a health professional concerned with restoration and maintenance of function following disease or injury. Specifically, occupational therapists are concerned mainly with finer motor control and its functioning in daily at-home activities. An OT may work with a variety of patients, such as stroke victims, amputees, spinal cord or head injury patients and developmentally disabled children.
Occupational Therapists should see a continual increase in employment due to the longer life span than in previous years. OTs work in many settings such as hospitals, schools, nursing homes, private practice, home health, and psychiatric hospitals.
*Other occupational therapy programs may have different requirements!*
***OT schools are COMPETITIVE! It is the students responsibility to find the requirements of the school they are interested in applying to, contacting the school of their choice, and talking about the requirements with their advisor. OT schools vary- some require a bachelor’s degree and some do not! Make sure you do your research!***
Occupational Therapy at University of Mississippi Medical Center
The Master of Occupational Therapy program at UMMC is a 2+3 program where students spend two years on the Oxford campus completing their pre-requisite courses and then apply to the OT program in Jackson where they will spend three years before obtaining a master’s degree. Some student may take three years to finish the required pre-requisite courses.
Links for Occupational Therapy
Research careers in OT: http://explorehealthcareers.org/en/Field/7/Occupational_Therapy
Many OT schools participate in a centralized application service. Click here for a list of participating programs.