Through the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT)
Program at Jefferson College of Health Sciences, students learn how they can
help people whose lives have been
disrupted by health-related events to
develop or redevelop the skills they
need to perform every day actions
most of us take for granted.
These life tasks can include, but are not limited to:
· Self care skills such as feeding, bathing and dressing;
· Interpersonal communication skills such as carrying on a telephone conversation or speaking with family members or an employer;
· Everyday living tasks such as the roles of a homemaker, vocational interactions and the roles of employee;
· Paying personal bills, balancing a checkbook, purchasing groceries, driving, planning for the future, enjoying leisure pursuits.
Occupational therapists function in a variety of settings. Graduates may work in a hospital, rehabilitation center, extended care facility, nursing home, public schools, developmental daycare facility, adult day care program, mental health clinic, out-patient facilities, home health agencies, industrial rehabilitation programs, hospice programs, private practice and in various community agencies that aid individuals with specific disabilities.
Sheridan Lee Clemons, '13
Master of Science in
"I wanted a rewarding career in
which I could help people and Occupational Therapy was perfect
for that. Plus, the small class sizes
at Jefferson College of Health Sciences allow you to get to know yourself and to learn from others.
You have the opportunity to really
find your niche."
What Do Occupational Therapists Do?
· Assess and treat clients experiencing a mental, physical, emotional or developmental problem.
· Assist clients in developing, recovering or learning new ways to perform daily activities.
· Use physical exercises to help clients increase strength and dexterity.
· Use activities to help patients improve visual acuity and the ability to discern patterns.
· Design and fabricate adaptive equipment, instructing patients/families in its use.
· Use computer programs to help clients improve decision-making, abstract reasoning, problem- solving, memory, sequencing, coordination and perceptual skills.
In addition, Occupational Therapists can choose to work with a certain age group or with clients throughout their lifespans.
Career Outlook for Occupational Therapists
Employment for Occupational Therapists is projected to increase much faster than other healthcare professions due to the rapid growth of middle-aged and elderly populations demanding therapeutic services. Emerging specialty areas in Occupational Therapy include driver rehabilitation and fall prevention. Places of employment include hospitals, rehabilitation centers, public schools and skilled nursing facilities.
Learn More About the Master of Science in Occupatioanl Therapy Program at JCHS
To learn more about the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy Program at JCHS, visit http://www.jchs.edu/page.php/prmID/383.
Ready to apply to Jefferson College of Health Sciences?
Begin your application process by applying online at http://www.jchs.edu/page.php/prmID/495.