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Occupational Therapy


Occupational therapy (OT) assists people of all ages with disabilities to develop, recover, maintain and/or perform daily living activities important in their lives. These activities may include self-care, work, education, play or leisure. Occupational therapy interventions focus on adapting environments such as home and work, modifying tasks, teaching skills, and educating client/family in order to increase participation in and performance of daily activities, particularly those that are meaningful to the client.

Occupational therapists practice in a variety of settings such as rehabilitation centers, outpatient rehabilitation clinics, schools, hospitals, mental health facilities, private practice, skilled nursing facilities, home healthcare, and community health programs. The current and future job outlook for occupational therapists is excellent!

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What are the degree options?

Eastern provides two methods for students seeking entry into the profession of occupational therapy:

  1. Combined Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Interdisciplinary Studies, Bachelor of Science (BS) in Exercise Science or Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Therapeutic Recreation with the Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) degree programs available at EWU.
  2. A completed bachelors degree in any discipline ready to pursue graduate studies immediately.

What can I do with my degree?

Occupational Therapy (OT) is a health and rehabilitation profession that helps people of all ages to participate more fully in their day-to-day lives. Occupational therapists assist persons who are experiencing a physical, cognitive or emotional impairment.

Tasks that OT's might do include:

  • Adapt home, work, school and play environments
  • Teach adapted techniques for greater independence in self care, home care and work performance
  • Consult with businesses on proper ergonomic procedures to prevent worker injuries
  • Provide assistive technology, including the use of animals, for increased independence at home, work or school
  • Help people gain greater self-esteem and confidence through activities
  • Develop and run a private therapy business
  • Teach and conduct research at a college or university
  • Provide neuro-rehabilitation for return to productive lives

The Professional Occupational Therapy Program at Eastern Washington University is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE's telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is

EWU's graduates are able to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). Most states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. REQUIREMENT: Following completion of academic coursework, all students must successfully complete Level II Fieldwork within 24 months before taking the Certification exam. A felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

The total number of graduates who passed the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) certification examination as new graduate test takers in 2012-2014 was 83 out of 87, which is a pass rate of 95%.  Since the inception of the MOT program, 100% of program graduates who did not pass the certification examination as first-time test takers passed on a repeated attempt. Recent certification exam results can be found on NBCOT's website at: 

The total number of graduates from the Eastern Washington University Master of Occupational Therapy program during the 3-year period of 2012-2014 was 98/99 with an overall graduation rate of 99%.

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