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About Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy is a health and rehabilitation profession dedicated to enabling people of all ages and abilities to engage in the “occupations” of daily life activities, work, play, school, and independent living. Occupation refers to everything people do during the course of everyday life—the activities in which they engage that make life meaningful.

Occupational therapists are trained to evaluate and design therapeutic interventions that enable people to participate in personal and community activities of their choice. These "occupations" may be related to developmental, work, leisure, or independent living needs. Occupational therapists are healers and teachers who enable people to achieve independence and live sustainable lives in healthy communities.


Occupational therapy professionals work with infants, children, and adults whose lives are challenged by physical injury, developmental or psychological impairment, or the aging process. Occupational therapists also help people maximize their life potential through an emphasis on health promotion and wellness education.

Our alumni are innovators and entrepreneurs who enjoy the flexibility offered by their profession. Our graduates start new community programs and businesses and serve as consultants to government and industry. Alumni also work in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, schools, clinics, and home health care. Occupational therapy offers diverse career opportunities that include, clinical practice, administration, consultation, education and research.

"I'm getting settled into my new job at Community Regional Medical Center here in Fresno, CA. Every single day I wake up I love my job and my profession. I have met more inspirational individuals and families than I had ever imagined possible. Sometimes I think each patient changes my life more than I am able to impact theirs.
- Shaina Talbot

Demand for Occupational Therapy professionals is projected to rise by more than 27 percent between 2004and 2014, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The average student has multiple job offers upon graduation.

Graduates holding an MSOT from Dominican are eligible to sit for the national examination administered by the National Board of Certification of Occupational Therapists (NBCOT) and are eligible to be licensed in any state, enabling them to practice nationally and internationally.

Applicants to the program are advised that a felony conviction may impact their eligibility for certification or credentialing as an occupational therapist.

Dominican’s Occupational Therapy Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE).

Learn more about Occupational Therapy at American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).

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