As an occupational therapist, you'll help people flourish in incredibly tangible ways. You'll guide your patients as they regain fine motor skills—and gain hope and confidence in their everyday lives.
At Calvin, you'll take courses and gain experience that prepares you for a masters (MSOT) or doctorate-level graduate program in occupational therapy. You can study at Calvin for four years—or apply to begin graduate studies after three years through our partnership program with the top-ranked Washington University School of Medicine. Whichever path you choose, you'll be prepared to thrive in your career while making a profound difference in people's lives.
The pre-occupational therapy program at Calvin is designed to prepare you for entry into a master's level occupational therapy program. As a professional in this applied science, you'll enable your patients by teaching them the skills they need to function and contribute to society. The five-year program is comprised of three years at Calvin and two years at Washington University where you'll receive your clinical training. Upon completion of your second year at Washington, you'll receive your MSOT—master of science in occupational therapy—degree.
This program is part of a family of health science programs at Calvin, many of which share a common course foundation. To learn about other options in the health sciences, see the School of Health page.
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Education after Calvin
Complete 2–3 years in an occupational therapy program leading to a masters of science in occupational therapy (MSOT). Additional years can lead to a doctorate in occupational therapy (OTD).
Volunteer at local hospitals and senior centers; attend lectures sponsored by the biology and chemistry departments; spend the summer assisting a professor with research; intern at Van Andel Institute; work as a Camp Counselor at a camp for adults with special needs.
Gain a wider perspective
Complement your occupational therapy focus by studying public health. You'll explore global health systems and gain a better understanding of the medical world. Learn more »
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This program is part of a family of health science programs, many of which share a common course foundation. Learn about other options in the health sciences »
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