About Occupational Therapy
Elizabethtown College's Occupational Therapy (OT) program, the second oldest accredited program in Pennsylvania, offers a five-year academic program in occupational therapy, which blends a liberal arts education with professional studies. The college awards a Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Occupation and a Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy. Elizabethtown's personal and friendly atmosphere and small student to faculty ratio (14:1) promotes individualized attention.
Students begin course work in occupational therapy in their freshman year. During the first two years of study, the curriculum covers the history and philosophy of occupational therapy, normal human development and engagement in occupation across the life span, normal biopsychosocial function with a heavy emphasis on the natural sciences and general core requirements.
In the third and fourth years, the emphasis is on the OT process of evaluation and treatment related to occupational dysfunction and performance deficits. In the fifth year, studies are focused on research, management, advanced professional skills, and the completion of an intensive master's project.
Students will also have the opportunity in the fifth year to take elective occupational therapy courses which enhance skills in specialty or interest areas.