Division of Occupational Therapy

Prospective Students

What is OT and how do I know it’s a fit for me?

Occupational Therapy makes it possible for people to live life to the fullest.  Many people face daily challenges – a refugee new to America, an injured worker returning to work, a child with autism at school, a grandfather who has had a hip replaced, a young adult with a traumatic brain injury, a mother with depression.  Occupational Therapists help people learn new ways to do things they used to do but, for whatever reason, can no longer do them.  Occupational therapy helps people be successful in doing what is important to them.

An occupational therapist should be resourceful, compassionate, a good listener, a creative problem-solver and interested in health, science and the arts.  Occupational therapy is a perfect blend of life science (anatomy & physiology) and social science (psychology & sociology).  Occupational therapists have knowledge of the person and the environment and how to support the person in what they want and need to do.  Occupational therapists make a difference.

What is Occupational Therapy? (blog)

Expected Learning Outcomes


Current salary information can be obtained from the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics - Occupational Outlook Handbook.  Occupational Therapy has been named as one of the nation's 150 best recession-proof jobs.  CNN Money's 2010 Top 100 Best Jobs in America ranks Occupational Therapist at number 19, and OT is included in their 10 Booming JobsAdvance OT released a Salary Survey of 2011 salaries.  Click the table below to enlarge:


Occupational Therapy Resources

The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) is the professional organization for occupational therapy.  You can access career information including a detailed description of the profession, type of work done, and employment opportunities by visiting www.aota.org

The Utah Occupational Therapy Association is the state occupational therapy organization.  You can learn more about occupational therapy in the state of Utah by visiting www.utahotassociation.org.

Why the Occupational Therapy program at the University of Utah?

The professional program leading to a Master of Occupational Therapy is rooted in occupation and occupational science. Central to the teaching mission of the Division are occupation based, strong occupational therapy skills, professional skills and research. The program has numerous innovative teaching components including a Level II fieldwork focus on health settings and community-service settings. We are committed to educating strong clinicians for the unfolding future.  According to US News, our program is ranked in the top third of all USA OT grad programs (47/156)!

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