Occupational Therapy Department

Preparing students to help people develop independent functioning skills

Occupational Therapy Department Occupational Therapy Programs

Occupational therapy is a health and rehabilitation profession that helps people regain or develop skills important for independent functioning, health, security, and happiness. Occupational therapists work with people of all ages who, because of illness, injury, developmental, or psychological conditions, need specialized assistance in learning skills that would enable them to care for themselves, work, and participate in school, play or leisure. The settings in which occupational therapists practice include hospitals, schools, skilled nursing facilities, community service agencies, private clinics, and homes.

The mission of the Occupational Therapy program is to make quality graduate level education accessible to working adult students from diverse cultural and experiential backgrounds. Barry University’s goal is to prepare graduates who value occupational therapy as the means and end goal of client centered practice; practice competently through the use of theory, technology and evidence-based principles in both traditional and innovative community settings; model the ethical principles and professional behaviors espoused by the university and the profession; and assume leadership roles for responsive and effective service delivery in their facilities and communities.

We seek to prepare graduates who value occupational therapy as the means to the end goal of a client-centered practice.

Occupational Therapy Program Options

  • Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy

    The Occupational Therapy Program at Barry University offers an innovative curriculum that leads to a Master of Science degree and prepares you for certification as a registered occupational therapist. On-campus weekend and online sessions are scheduled every semester, so that adults may continue to work or raise their families while preparing for a professional career.

  • Post-professional Practice Doctorate degree in Occupational Therapy

    Barry University’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences offers a post-professional practice doctorate degree in occupational therapy. This flexible, distance-delivered program is designed for NBCOT certified occupational therapists who wish to advance their education beyond the master’s level.

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