Pre-Occupational Therapy

A master's degree will be required to practice as an entry-level Occupational Therapist in the United States. Occupational Therapy is a health-care profession that helps people who have been affected by accident or injury, disease, aging, developmental delay, or psychological disability make the necessary lifestyle changes to become more self-sufficient and independent. Career opportunities in Occupational Therapy vary and include hospitals, rehabilitation centers, nursing homes, public and private schools, day care facilities, patient homes, and corporations. Examples of universities offering Occupational Therapy programs at the master's level in California include CSU Dominguez Hills, Loma Linda University, San Jose State University, and the University of Southern California. Students are advised to contact the college or university of interest for further information on their OT program. Also refer to the Occupational Therapy Association of California (OTAC) website at www.OTAConline.org