Office: Central Classroom Building 203
Pamela Richardson, Chair of the Accreditation Review Committee
Jerilyn “Gigi” Smith, Chair
The SJSU Department of Occupational Therapy offers the oldest accredited OT program in the CSU system. Founded in 1943, the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy degree program is designed for those who have already earned a baccalaureate degree in another field. The program of study enables students to obtain the education and degree necessary to be eligible to practice as an occupational therapist. Once the MS degree in Occupational Therapy is complete, including the successful completion of the OCTH 201A and OCTH 201B courses, the student is eligible to sit for the national certification examination. Successful completion of the examination qualifies the candidate to apply for national certification and state licensure.
The MS, Occupational Therapy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 6116 Executive Blvd., Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE’s telephone number, c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA (2682) and the 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.
Two types of certificates are available: Advanced Certificates and Basic Certificates . The description of each certificate program identifies the type of certificate.