Occupational therapy is a health profession providing service to individuals and populations
across the life span whose abilities to function physically, mentally, and cognitively
have been impaired by injury, illness, developmental problems or the process of aging.
Occupational therapy treatment enables individuals to maximize performance of skills
required in daily living and in pursuit of work and leisure time activities. Occupational
therapy practitioners deliver services in many different settings, ranging from private
practice to community health centers, hospitals and private homes.
The Department of Occupational Therapy at Chicago State University started in 1982
under the leadership of Ms. Artice Harmon. The first class of four students graduated
in 1984. The Department of Occupational Therapy provided an undergraduate degree in
Occupational Therapy for 21 years and graduated over 400 students. Many of our alumni
are in leadership positions at various levels in Illinois and elsewhere.
In 2003, the Department of Occupational Therapy received approval for a combined
Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences and Master in Occupational Therapy program
(B.S./M.O.T.). The first class entered the new entry level Master of Occupational
Therapy professional program in the fall semester of 2004
The mission of the Department of Occupational Therapy provides education designed
to prepare diverse, competent and effective occupational therapists skilled at meeting
the demands of rapidly changing service delivery systems. The program seeks to develop therapists who possess foundational skills in the principles
of the occupational therapy profession and the ability to integrate knowledge into
practice while using the critical thinking and reflective abilities necessary to address
the multiple roles of practitioner, consultant, educator, manager, researcher and
advocate within traditional and emerging service delivery systems.
The Department of Occupational Therapy's mission is consistent with Chicago State University's mIssion and with the College of Health Sciences mission and upholds the commitment to the
recruitment and education of candidates from those sections of the community under
represented in the practice of occupational therapy. The program’s purpose is to develop
graduates that are compassionate and dedicated to implementing contextually relevant
occupation based services and dedicated to implementing contextually relevant occupation
based services that promote and enhance the health, participation and quality of life
for individuals and populations.
- Educational experiences are enriched by faculty’s involvement in current clinical
practice and research.
- Each Fall and Spring semester in the professional program includes fieldwork experiences
that provide apprenticeship experiences in which students apply concepts learned in
the classroom in authentic settings under the supervision of faculty or practicing
- Level I and Level II fieldwork experiences provide experiences in a wide variety of
setting with well and disabled populations.
- The professional curriculum is designed to help students develop the reasoning skills
necessary to be resourceful professionals.
- The department is committed to helping students develop the skills necessary to continue
the process of life long learning.
- Small student-faculty ratio allows close contact between students and faculty.
- Faculty are committed to teaching and provide diverse, active learning experiences
inside and outside of the classroom.
- Students participate in collaborative applied research with faculty members.
- The diversity of the student population enriches classroom experiences.
- Scholarship programs are offered for economically disadvantaged students
- Chicago State University is committed to keeping tuition rates affordable
The Occupational Therapy Program at Chicago State University is accredited by the
Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education of the American Occupational Therapy Association ACOTE c/o Accreditation Department American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA),
4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449 - (301) 652-AOTA). ACOTE's
Web address is www.acoteonline.org.
Graduates of the program will be able to sit for the national certification examination
for the occupational therapists administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational
Therapist, Registered (OTR®) and will be eligible to apply for licensure to practice
in Illinois and many other states. A felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability
to sit for the NBCOT examination and or attain a state license.
Between 2010-2012 the Department of Occupational Therapy graduated 33 students who
then became eligible to take the National Board for Certification in Occupational
Therapy (NBCOT) examination. Thirty two of these students have taken the NBCOT exam.
The total number of graduates who passed the certification examination as first-time
new graduate test takers from 2010-2012 was 25 out of 32 which resulted in a pass
rate of 78.1%.
Of the 7 students who did not pass the exam, 7 have retaken the exam and passed on
a subsequent attempt. Thus our cumulative pass rate for students who first took the
exam in 2010-2012, is 32/32 or 100%.
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