What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational Therapy, MS

From Everyday Tasks to Extraordinary Achievements: That's Occupational Therapy!

Occupational Therapy is a dynamic healthcare profession that focuses on helping individuals achieve and maintain independence in their daily lives. Occupational therapists, or OTs, work with people of all ages who are facing physical, cognitive, emotional, or developmental challenges that hinder their ability to perform essential daily activities.

What Do Occupational Therapists Do?

OTs use their knowledge and skills to assess a person's abilities and limitations. They will design tailored interventions to improve their patient’s daily lives. Their duties might include:

  1. Assessment: Evaluating a client's physical, emotional, and cognitive abilities.
  2. Treatment Planning: Creating individualized therapy plans to help clients regain independence.
  3. Intervention: Teaching new skills, recommending adaptive equipment, and modifying the environment to promote independence.
  4. Advocacy: Collaborating with other healthcare professionals and advocating for clients' needs.
  5. Research: Contributing to the field's knowledge base and constantly seeking ways to improve patient care.

Why Become an Occupational Therapist?

Becoming an Occupational Therapist can be incredibly rewarding, both professionally and personally. 

Here are some compelling reasons to consider this profession:

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    Make a Difference

    As an OT, you directly impact people's lives by helping them regain their independence and improving their quality of life.

  • Program Flexibility


    OTs work in various settings, including hospitals, schools, rehabilitation centers, and private practice, providing you with diverse career options.

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    Job Security

    With an aging population and medical advancements, the need for OTs is on the rise.

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    Personal Fulfillment

    Witnessing your clients' progress and their achievements is an incredible source of personal satisfaction.

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    Competitive Salaries

    Occupational therapy offers competitive salaries and opportunities for growth.

Join Barry University's Master's Program in Occupational Therapy

Did you know that regardless of your previous major or area of study, you can make the transition to become an Occupational Therapist? Whether you have a background in biology, psychology, sociology, education, or any other field, your unique skills and knowledge can be a valuable asset in the world of OT.

Barry University offers a Master's of Science in Occupational Therapy program that is designed to help you bridge the gap between your current knowledge and the skills needed to become a successful OT. Our weekend hybrid program will prepare you for certification as a registered occupational therapist in just 2.5 years while gaining from our committed faculty who balance their roles as occupational therapists and professors.

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