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Occupational Therapy Department

Introduction

Occupational therapists help people of all ages whose daily lives are disrupted by illness, injury, or other conditions to improve their health, independence and participation through the therapeutic use of everyday activities (occupations). One of the fastest growing of the health care professions, the demand for occupational therapists will grow by almost 30 percent by 2020, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports.

The SJSU OT department is the oldest accredited OT program in the CSU system. Founded in 1943, it is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE's telephone number, c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its web address is www.acoteonline.org. NBCOT School Program Performance Data is also available.

Courses are taught by nationally recognized faculty who have clinical, research and teaching expertise across a broad range of traditional and emerging practice areas. The Student Occupational Therapy Association (SOTA) provides a myriad of social, educational and leadership opportunities. Always in high demand, our graduates are hired by private and public health care institutions and agencies.