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Safety Occupational Health Applied Sciences

Working in the high-tech TDS (Technology, Design, and Safety) Center at KSC, students learn about health and safety in the workplace, compliance with safety and environmental regulations, human resource management, and jobsite leadership. Internships put classroom knowledge into action. Students may also elect the department’s honors program.

The Science of Keeping People Safe

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Take Safety and Occupational Health Applied Science to Another Level – the Master of Science Program

The M.S. in Safety and Occupational Health Applied Science is designed for motivated students ready to engage in a personalized plan of study that shows they have the knowledge, skills and dispositions of seasoned professionals. Learn More

A Bachelor’s Degree in Safety and Occupational Health Applied Science prepares students to protect the health and safety of workers in all kinds of situations.

Designed to help students think critically, anticipate, identify, and prioritize hazards, the course of study emphasizes problem-solving, understanding cost effectiveness, developing professional and program management skills, and learning the full range of safety and environmental regulatory compliance.

The program qualifies students for a range of occupational safety and health program management positions in the private and public sector.

Protecting Those Who Mean the Most to Us

The faculty made all the difference – people passionate about safety, not just there to teach from a book, but from their extensive experience in their field.

Helping to provide a safe and healthy workplace makes a real difference in the lives of families, children, communities, and our in our society as a whole.

Without protection at work and the professionals who design and watch over those standards, every citizen, from a dishwasher to a surgeon to a happy child crossing a street faces preventable risks.

Occupational safety and health science proves how we can keep each other out of danger, and we need professionals to implement and advance our knowledge.

Hands-On Learning that Saves Lives

The course of study is hands-on, practical, and often on-site at places where people work, live, and play. Students look at the impact of accidents and develop strategies and use education and awareness to prevent and reduce them.

By applying scientific and engineering principles, students analyze processes, equipment, products, facilities, and environments to make them as safe and healthy as possible.

Students also gain an understanding of regulatory authorities that govern personal and environmental safety in industry and construction. They learn how to address ethical dilemmas, management challenges, and professional responsibilities.

They also discover how to work with OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration), meet its compliance standards, and understand OSHA inspection procedures, citations, appeals, and the necessary record-keeping.

Real World, On-the-Job Experience

When we say “applied” in the name of our department, we mean it. A large network of companies come to our program for their best interns. Some facilities have large, highly developed safety programs, while smaller organizations allow students a closer look at supervisory and management roles. These situations offer students a chance to fuse formal study with on-the-job management experience. As one alumnus said, “One day I was an intern, and the next day I was hiring interns.”

Occupational Safety and Health focuses on helping people and also offers many job opportunities. I could go into the private sector or into government, I could travel, I could pretty much do whatever I wanted.
– Liz Velky, Safety Studies major

More Than an Academic Degree, a Valuable Skill Set

Students carry specific capabilities gained in this program throughout their lives. With the guidance and support of faculty, graduate demonstrate the ability to:

  • Identify contemporary safety issues and solve applied science problems through their knowledge of mathematics and science
  • Design and conduct experiments, as well as analyze and interpret data.
  • Formulate or design a system process or program to meet identified outcomes.
  • Communicate well and contribute toward the goals of multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Understand the impact of solutions from a global and societal context.
  • Reflect on personal performance to address a range of professional and ethical responsibilities.
  • Acquire and apply techniques, skills, and technical-scientific tools.

The Safety and Occupational Health major prepares students for a variety of occupational safety and health program management positions in the private and public sector.

Graduates have the capacity to pursue graduate study, participate in applied research, or transition directly into careers in loss control, risk management, organizational safety, and consulting. More about In Demand and Ready for Work

Our faculty has helped make this one of the largest safety and occupational health applied science programs in the nation.

In addition to their peerless academic credentials, our professors come from a variety of private industries, large and small, corporate and entrepreneurial, and from government and regulatory agencies. Many teachers have been leaders in several of these areas.

Most of all, though, they are dedicated to their students. Learn more about each one of them here. More about Faculty: Leaders in a Field Where Students are Job One


Mother and Daughter Sharing Commencement as Members of Class of 2017

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May 4, 2017

A mother-daughter duo made a pact that if they graduated from Keene State at the same time, they would walk across the stage and receive their diplomas together. On May 6, they’ll fulfill that commitment.

By chance, Heather Madden is completing her a degree in Safety and Occupational Health Applied

April 4, 2017

Since Bennet Evans graduated from Keene State’s Safety and Occupational Health Applied Sciences program in 2005, he has built a successful career. He is now working with Triumvirate Environmental, and regularly returns to Keene State to recruit new employees because of the continued success that his company has with the

March 3, 2017

Junior Morgan Cantlin doesn’t dwell on the life-changing car accident after her first semester at Keene State College, but the memories persist. Returning to school from Enfield, New Hampshire, after the winter break two years ago, she decided to seek refuge from a treacherous freezing rainstorm by spending the night

December 14, 2016

You might believe that it’s not until you get out in the real world that you really learn the practical knowledge you need on the job. But Safety Occupational Health Applied Sciences grad Rachel Perreault ’15 knows that she got very practical information in the classroom – information she

October 13, 2016

Everyone knows that travel broadens your horizons and is educational in and of itself. But to get the richest experience and really learn about the country and culture you’re visiting, you’ve got to live and work among the people. And when you work to help those people, that’s even better

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Rehabilitation Center in Wallingford CT

Regency House Nursing and Rehabilitation Center welcomes you, and thanks you for choosing our center for your healthcare needs. An exceptional community healthcare resource for many years, we exceed expectations in meeting the needs of individuals who require short-term skilled nursing care. Our staff of concerned and dedicated professionals is committed to helping everyone through providing support and guidance on a one-to-one basis. Call us today to speak with one of our staff members.

Whether you join us for a brief stay or call us your home, we want you to feel as comfortable as you would amongst family, while receiving care such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, or speech therapy. Regency House Nursing and Rehabilitation Center also provide a myriad of medical services including pulmonary rehabilitation, heart failure services for CHF, cardiac recovery, amputee rehabilitation, stroke rehabilitation and wound care management to name a few.

Have you heard? We are a 5 Star Rated Center by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). We are so proud of our team of caregivers for this accomplishment and know it shows every day.

Regency House Nursing and Rehabilitation Center prides itself on our customer service and maintains a common commitment to the highest level of quality care, a focus on customer service providing a nurturing environment for both patients and families. We are pleased to have received a Customer Experience Award in 2015 and again in 2016 from Pinnacle Quality Insights demonstrating our center s commitment to the Four Pillars of our mission statement: Kindness, Compassion, Service and Excellence.


“Last night the staff of this facility showed kindness to my grandparents that will not be forgotten. Thank you so much for what you did and for treating them like family. I look at all of you a little differently now. I know that my grandparents will look on last night as one of their fondest memories. Thank you for caring for them each day and for going above and beyond.”

-Ralph Correia IV

“I would highly recommend them to anyone I know. My wife came to Regency House back in 2010 after a hip replacement and she had a wonderful outcome and experience and had praised the staff. I think from my rehab stay at Regency House that the staff is great, a caring group – the doctors on staff, nurses…even the food was great. Nikki, the dining services director brought me a care package when I left, and I had wonderful crab cakes the day I was discharged. Everyone always said good morning, good afternoon, wishing you well, I could go on and on…I almost felt sad to leave here.”

“Regency House Nursing and Rehabilitation Center is our family’s only choice. you have the same nurses and aides every day, they are so friendly, and take the time to get to know you. the staff here becomes your family. Regency House’s staff was so compassionate to my father while he stayed here.”

“The people here are the best. They genuinely care about their patients and were always willing to go above and beyond to get me better. My husband and I are truly thankfully for all they have done.”

“The staff at Regency House is wonderful. The therapists worked tirelessly with me and were always encouraging me to push myself to get better, so I could return home. The care I received was second to none. I can’t thank them enough for all they did for me.”

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Health, Wellbeing and Productivity in the Workplace

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Although downward trends in fatal and non-fatal injuries at work in many industrialised countries reinforce the perception that ‘tough jobs’ are declining, health and wellbeing in the workplace remains an issue thanks to a range of factors, including decreased job security, potentially worsening working conditions and reduced opportunities to combine work with other private and social responsibilities. From 1990 to 2008, the rate of self-reported work-related illness – due to stress and related conditions in particular – doubled, jumping from 820 per 100,000 employed in 1990 to 1,620 in 2008.

The issue of workforce health and wellbeing is perhaps even more critical in the current climate given the perceived lingering effects of the economic crisis on the mental health of the working population. At the same time, there is increased evidence in the UK and other industrialised countries that problems related to modifiable health behaviour are becoming much more prevalent.

According to the Health and Social Care Information Centre (2014) the proportion of adults having a normal body mass index (BMI) decreased between 1993 and 2001 (from 41 to 32 per cent for men and 49.5 to 41 per cent for women), whereas the proportion of adults classified as obese increased from 13 to 24 per cent for men and 16 to 25 per cent for women over the same period. These factors result in costs to the economy and society at large. The economic costs of obesity to the NHS, for instance, rose from £479.3m in 1998 to £42bn in 2007 – an eightfold increase in less than a decade (National Obesity Observatory, 2010).

Improving health and wellbeing can therefore have real societal, economic and personal benefits above and beyond their value to business alone. Clearly, addressing wellbeing more effectively at work – with company programmes promoting health and wellness – may lead overall to increased life satisfaction, reduced healthcare utilisation and, potentially, a lower benefits bill.


The health insurer VitalityHealth commissioned RAND Europe, in collaboration with the University of Cambridge, to conduct an employer and employee survey for the Britain’s Healthiest Company competition. The competition seeks to give employers an assessment of the health of their workforce and of their current health-promotion interventions. To that end, RAND Europe collected a large-scale dataset which we use in this work to understand the relation between a broad set of health and lifestyle risk factors and workplace productivity.

Building on existing quantitative and qualitative evidence, our research team sought to:

  1. Report on the prevalence of modifiable and other health risks among the large-scale study population including smoking, alcohol consumption, physical activity and nutrition, as well as mental health conditions.
  2. Identify determinants of workplace productivity loss due to sickness absence or presenteeism—that is, being at work but not functioning at a normal level due to sickness or medical conditions—with special focus on a set of health risks.
  3. Identify recommendations to help businesses improve the effectiveness of their current health and wellbeing interventions.

Wherever necessary, we make the assumptions, limitations and potential caveats of our analytical approach explicit in our report.


In order to address the research objectives formulated above, our research incorporates three strands:

  1. We review the available literature in order to collect currently available evidence about the relation between various personal health risks, organisational factors and workplace productivity;
  2. We use general descriptive statistics to highlight the prevalence of health risk factors among the employees in companies participating in the 2014 Britain’s Healthiest Company competition;
  3. We use multivariate regression approaches to investigate the determinants of workplace productivity loss. These analytical methods enable us to look at associations between the outcome of interest (productivity loss) and its determinants, such as personal health risk factors, work environment and other organisational characteristics.


Our findings suggest that lack of sleep, financial concerns and giving unpaid care to family members or relatives are negatively associated with productivity. Mental health problems are also found to cause significant productivity loss, especially in the form of presenteeism. In line with existing research we also found that employees with musculoskeletal and other (chronic) health conditions report higher rates of absenteeism and presenteeism than workers without such conditions.

When looking at work-environment factors we find that workers who are subject to workplace bullying report significantly higher levels of absenteeism and presenteeism than those who are not. We also find that more than 45 per cent of those studied reported being subject to unrealistic time pressures, which we find to be another significant cause of productivity presenteeism. Other work-environment factors associated with relatively higher levels of presenteeism included strained relationships at work.


Health, wellbeing and productivity in the workplace: A Britain’s Healthiest Company summary report May 22, 2015

In this study we look at the empirical relationship between a range of health and work environment factors and productivity in the workplace.

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Best Schools with Occupational Therapy Graduate Programs

  • Art Therapist
  • Dance Therapist
  • Kinesiotherapist
  • Music Therapist
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Prosthetics and Orthotics
  • Rehabilitation Technologies
  • Therapeutic Recreation
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor

School Overviews

In order to ensure that your training in occupational therapy meets approved standards, you should make certain that the program you choose has been accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education.

Earning a master’s degree in occupational therapy qualifies individuals to enter the workforce as an entry-level occupational therapist; continuing studies in a Ph.D. program can lead to higher-level occupational therapy (OT) jobs. Washington University in St. Louis offers extensive research facilities to further research and education, while University of Southern California focuses on hands-on learning through fieldwork. Boston University features a five-year program leading to a dual Bachelor of Science/Master of Science in Occupational Therapy. All of these schools have been ranked by U.S. News and World Report .

Washington University in St. Louis, MO

Washington University’s Program in Occupational Therapy tied for first place in U.S. News and World Report ‘s 2016 ranking of top occupational therapy programs.

The occupational therapy program at Washington University is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) and is part of the university’s School of Medicine. Those with a bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy can enter the master’s program or pursue a Doctor of Occupational Therapy.

Students in the MSOT or OTD program may choose from a number of concentrations, including work and industry, productive aging, children and youth, social participation and the environment, rehabilitation science, and neurorehabilitation.

Master’s students can also apply to the doctorate program while in their initial year of study. Students who opt to graduate with only the master’s degree are eligible to sit for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) exam.

University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA

USC ranked third in the 2016 review of occupational therapy programs by U.S. News and World Report.

The program at USC offers a Master of Arts in occupational therapy, as well as clinical doctorate (OTD) and Ph.D. programs. The graduate OT program, also recognized by ACOTE, offers specializations such as pediatrics, rehabilitation medicine and life design. OT graduate students at USC have the chance to apply what they learn in the classroom setting to hands-on practice in the fieldwork portion of the curriculum. During fieldwork, students can observe and practice their skills with experts in their field.

USC offers an online Master of Arts in Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy.

Boston University in Boston, MA

In 2016, U.S. News and World Report ranked BU as tied at #1 on its list of schools with the best occupational therapy programs. Founded in 1839, Boston University lays claim to being one of the largest independent private, not-for-profit schools in the United States.

U.S. News and World Report ranked it at #39 on its 2017 list of best national universities.

Through Sargent College, BU offers a number of OT degree programs, including a five-year BS/MS in Occupational Therapy, an MS in Occupational Therapy, an entry-level Doctor of Occupational Therapy and an online Post-Professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy. The school also offers a program leading to a Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Science.

Top Occupational Therapy Graduate Programs

Here is a list of seven additional schools that offer well-respected programs in occupational therapy:

Learn about the education and preparation needed to become an occupational therapist. Get a quick view of the requirements, as.

Research certification options for occupational therapy assistants. Get an overview of certification types and requirements to.

Occupational therapy assistants (OTAs) work under the direct supervision of licensed occupational therapists to help people.

Research online occupational therapy courses and programs. Find out what you can learn in these courses and what you’ll need.

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Occupational Therapy Assistant Salary

Occupational Therapy Assistant: Salary Details

Occupational therapy assistants earned a median salary of $57,870 in 2015, according to the BLS. The lowest-paid in the field took home less than $38,440 in 2015, while the best-paid made upward of $78,080. The most lucrative sectors are in home health care and nursing care facilities. The metropolitan areas of Las Vegas; El Paso, Texas; and Tyler, Texas compensate their occupational therapy assistants the best.

75th Percentile. $69,170

25th Percentile. $47,800

Salary Outlook

Average Occupational Therapy Assistant Pay vs. Other Best Jobs

Occupational therapy assistants earned a mean salary of $58,340 in 2015, which is about $23,000 less than the average salary of occupational therapists ($81,690). However, OT assistants earn more than other health care and health care support jobs on our list, including medical assistants ($31,910) and home health aides ($22,870). Still, they far underearn some health care professionals, including physician assistants ($99,270), dentists ($172,350) and pharmacists ($119,270).

Best Paying Cities for Occupational Therapy Assistants

The highest paid in the occupational therapy assistant profession work in the metropolitan areas of El Paso, Texas, Tyler, Texas, and Fort Worth, Texas. The Corpus Christi, Texas area also pays well, as does the city of Las Vegas.

Top 5 Best Paying Cities for Occupational Therapy Assistants

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Setting the Standard in Comfort and Care

Huntington Hills Center for Health and Rehabilitation welcomes you, and thanks you for choosing our center for your healthcare needs. An exceptional community healthcare resource for many years, we exceed expectations in meeting the needs of individuals who require short-term rehabilitative care following hospitalization, or are in need of long-term skilled nursing care. Our staff of concerned and dedicated professionals is committed to helping everyone through providing support and guidance on a one-to-one basis.

Whether you join us for a brief stay or call us your home, we want you to feel as comfortable as you would amongst family, while receiving care such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, or speech therapy. Huntington Hills Center for Health and Rehabilitation also provides a myriad of medical services including pulmonary rehabilitation, heart failure services for CHF, cardiac recovery, amputee rehabilitation, stroke rehabilitation and wound care management to name a few.

Huntington Hills Center for Health and Rehabilitation prides itself on our customer service and maintains a common commitment to the highest level of quality care, a focus on customer service and providing a nurturing environment for both patients and families. We are pleased to have received a Customer Experience Award in 2015 and again in 2016 from Pinnacle Quality Insights demonstrating our center s commitment to the Four Pillars of our mission statement: Kindness, Compassion, Service and Excellence.

U.S. News World Report has named Huntington Hills Center for Health and Rehabilitation as one of its Best Nursing Homes for 2013.


Huntington Hills has been my mom’s home for the past three and a half years. The wonderful staff on unit 2D was so incredible and caring to my mother and myself, especially during her final days. They have shown so much sincere compassion and have left a lasting impression on me forever. Each and every one of them is special and I would just like you to know this. It isn’t easy having a parent in a nursing home, but I am glad I chose Huntington Hills for her home.

-Kathy Gladle & family of Gloria Shkursky

How do we even begin to thank all of you for the wonderful care and compassion shown to Rose DeVito? No one wants to have a loved one in a long term care facility, but after our experience with Huntington Hills, we now know there is a safe and caring alternative if a loved one can no longer stay at home. There wasn’t one visit we had when Rose wasn’t “out and about” doing something – never just sitting in her room staring. We are so grateful for that. We received calls even for a minor medical issue (a cough, a red toe) and knew she was being watched very carefully. Your facility is always clean and decorated beautifully and we enjoyed seeing the various happy birthday signs on residence’s doors for their special day. Our whole family was there often enough to get a very good sense of the care and management and it has all been excellent. Every nurse and aid had a good attitude, even when challenged with a difficult resident. They always had time to speak with us, and were always diligent. It truly was a home away from home for Rose and for us. Please extend our heartfelt thanks to EVERY single person who attended to Rose. We know how difficult their jobs are. But we felt the love and wanted to tell you all, on those difficult days, please reflect back to Rose DeVito and know you made her last months there comfortable and safe. We will miss seeing all of you and are truly grateful for all you have done for her and for us.

-The DeVito’s: Joe, Diane, Tommy, Esperanza and Ernie

“I was at Huntington Hills and was most impressed by the excellent care I received. The physical therapy was wonderful, all staff including the doctors were kind and helpful. Also, the pianist during dining was therapeutic to listen to. I have told my relatives and friends about your facility and would wholeheartedly recommend Huntington Hills to anyone.”

-Rose Marie Heitshusen

“Huntington Hills is by far the best nursing facility on Long Island. You have instilled a philosophy and ideals at Huntington Hills Center for Health and Rehabilitation that ensure the residents are given respect and the best care possible. Our family cannot thank you and your staff enough for all you do.”

-Debra Kitsos & Family

“From the time I arrived, and throughout my stay, the staff was wonderful…The nursing staff was very attentive, provided care for me without my feeling helpless or embarrassed. I never imagined having knee replacement surgery and requiring the care provided by Huntington Hills.”

“I had been at two other rehab facilities before going to Huntington Hills, so I feel as though I can definitely compare them. Your facility was beyond the very best. Everything about it was just about perfect. It made what was a very difficult time, much easier.”

“My father was a short-term rehab patient for several weeks for a pelvic fracture. The care provided to him was outstanding and as a social worker, I don’t believe I ever worked in such a warm, caring setting such as this. He had a difficult time adjusting to being out of his home environment, but the patience and devotion from the staff was incredible. I truly appreciate the compassion and professionalism of the staff and know that it played a huge part in his recovery.”

“I have come such a long way from when I first entered this center and just wanted to express my gratitude to everyone who helped me along the way.”

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Occupational Therapy: Teaching Creative Activities to All

Earning a degree in occupational therapy prepares one for a career treating emotionally or physically disabled persons that includes those suffering from long term illnesses or geriatrics through the application of creative activity. A career as an occupational therapist can be a very rewarding one emotionally and financially, provided you have a genuine interest in helping others get through the rigors of daily life. As a graduate you can expect to specialize in any one of the following: Mental health, cognitive disabilities, physical disabilities, pediatrics or geriatrics.

Occupational Therapy Degree Information

To practice as an occupational therapist (OT) requires at least a master’s degree. An associate’s degree in occupational therapy enables the student to work as an occupational therapy assistant, but not as a full-fledged OT. For the most part, graduate level programs use the traditional educational format of classes at a college or university. Some associate degree programs in OT have an online component, as do post-graduate continuing education OT classes. However, expect to attend regular classes when going for a master’s or doctorate in occupational therapy. Gaining a master’s or doctorate in OT enables the student to work in entry-level positions in hospitals, health clinics, nursing homes, schools, doctor’s offices and a variety of other settings. Occupational therapists help all manner of people, from very young to very old, at every level of capability and performance to achieve independence and quality of life through mastering everyday living tasks. OTs work with children with learning disorders, or with people recovering from an accident or with the elderly struggling with cognitive or physical issues. OTs also work with patients suffering from a mental or emotional disorder, finding ways to help them cope with the tasks of daily life.

Occupational therapy students can expect fieldwork as a large part of their studies. Fieldwork provides students with the opportunity to perform OT duties with patients under the supervision of an experienced therapist. All accredited graduate OT programs require at least 24 weeks of supervised fieldwork. Once they graduate, master’s and doctoral students will take a national certification exam before gaining their license.


While obtaining a bachelor’s degree isn’t enough to begin work as an occupational therapist, there are accredited programs that combine bachelor’s and master’s. A combined program accepts students without a bachelor’s degree, awards the bachelor’s and allows the student to continue on with the master’s program. Once the master’s degree is completed, an entry-level master’s degree is awarded. These combined programs accept transfer students.


A master’s degree program generally takes two years of coursework and supervised fieldwork. Coursework will focus on human growth throughout the lifespan, physical and mental development, theory and practice of occupational therapy and occupations or activities of infants and children, adolescents, adults and elderly. Computers and assisting technology will also be studied. Fieldwork will consist of working with children, adolescents, adults and the elderly with developmental, physical or mental problems that obstruct their ability to live independently.


Doctoral level programs train students in much the same way as master’s programs, but with added components of research, clinical practice skills, theory development, administration and leadership. For the doctorate degree, students must complete an experiential section or residency and a final research project.


Graduate programs in OT teach courses heavy in occupational therapy practice and theory. Computer and assistive technology are studied, as well as how to adapt these technologies to help people achieve daily tasks and goals. Other courses will include classes such as the following:

  • Kinesiology
  • Orthotics
  • Clinical practice
  • Applied neuroscience for the OT
  • Occupations of infants and children
  • Occupations of adolescents and young adults
  • Occupatons of adults and older adults
  • Pathophysiology
  • Impact of conditions on occupations
  • Psychiatric dimensions of therapeutic relationships

Level I and II fieldwork are equally heavy components of graduate level programs. Level I fieldwork entails exposure to OT practice with hands-on experiences in hospitals and nursing homes and other medical settings, schools and community halls. Level II fieldwork is full-time usually for eight weeks in the same sorts of settings. Students will work with people of all ages, from infants to elderly.

Career Opportunities

Occupational therapy opportunities are burgeoning as the population ages. With more people hitting middle and retirement ages, the demand for medical personnel of all kinds grows, including occupational therapists. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that OT employment will grow by 33 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than average. This is true as well for occupational therapy assistants and aides. Occupational therapists find work in hospitals, health clinics, doctor’s offices, in industrial settings, home health care, psychiatric hospitals, rehabilitation centers and nursing homes. With work available in a wide variety of settings, with a growing demand for OT services, occupational therapists can expect a great decade ahead.

Earning Potential

Full time occupational therapists earn a median salary of $72,320, according to the BLS. With years of experience, OT salaries can increase to over $100,000. Nevada, California, Texas and the District of Columbia pay slightly higher salaries to OTs than other states. Many occupational therapists choose to specialize early on, going into working specifically with children, or the mentally ill or the injured. Specializing can result in higher wages as can working for home health services.

Occupational Therapy FAQ

What types of jobs can I expect with an occupational therapy degree?

OTs work in diverse settings with diverse populations. What you choose to specialize in as an OT can determine where you’ll work—in schools or in psychiatric hospitals, industrial settings or in offices. Most OTs work a full time 40 hour a week job. Others work weekends only or part time in home health care. If you like variety, working as an occupational therapist can be satisfying as you can work with children one week and with the elderly the next.

How long does it take to earn an occupational therapy degree?

An entry level master’s or doctorate degree can take six years or more. Usually students with a bachelor’s decide to become an occupational therapist, and getting the required master’s degree takes two years. A doctorate will take three to four years post bachelor’s degree. Some students, to see if they will like the field, get an associate’s degree in OT and begin their career as an occupational therapist assistant. Most, however, get a master’s degree and begin work from there.

Where are the highest-paying jobs in this field?

The highest paying OT jobs are in Texas, earning in the low $90,000s for many Texas cities. East coast and west coast metropolitan areas pay more than other parts of the country, as is true for most professions and occupations. Home health occupational therapists can earn higher salaries than those in nursing homes. Some OTs opt to sign up with medical travel job agencies, and can make 20 percent higher salaries than the median salary of $72,320.

What does the Occupational Therapy coursework entail?

While there will naturally be an introductory overview of psychology, students can expect to gain a basic understanding of physiology. They will also be prepped on how to respond to the medical needs of patients with alternative and traditional treatment options.

What are the educational requirements before I can begin practicing as an occupational therapist?

If you intend to work your way from the ground up, then an associate’s degree in occupational degree with enable you to gain work as an occupational therapy assistant. Becoming a fully fledged occupational therapist will require a minimum of a master’s degree.

What can I do with an occupational therapy degree?

If you’re starting out, you can gain employment as an occupational therapy assistant, which involves working closely with the occupational therapist to educate patients on key skills needed to acclimatize to life with their disabilities. Other careers paths include:

  • Occupational Therapist
  • Health service manager

Is there scope for further training as an occupational therapist?

Even as a qualified occupational therapist, you will be expected to continuously partake in activities designed to bring you up to speed on the latest techniques and developments within your specialization. These events are normally organized by a local professional organization. Notable associations include:

  • American Occupational Therapy Foundation
  • American Occupational Therapy Association
  • National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy
  • National Organization on Disability

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UCSD’s Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) Department is focused on providing high-quality training services for health and safety professionals. UCSD’s OSHA Department currently offers:

  • The Department of Labor’s OSHA Training Institute Education Center’s authorized courses
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  • A Safety Professional Certificate to help you advance your career

Our high quality and experienced faculty bring applied safety regulations and curriculum to Region IX, in cooperation with our esteemed local partners. Additionally, UCSD’s OSHA Department can provide any course we teach for your company, at your location.

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Occupational Therapy Assistant Program

Man, through the use of his hands, as they are energized by mind and will, can influence the state of his own health.
-Mary Reilly, Occupational Therapy Pioneer and Founding Director of UCLA s Neuropsychiatric Institute

What Does an Occupational Therapy Assistant Do?

Under the direction of an Occupational Therapist, an Occupational Therapy Assistant assists clients of all ages with a variety of health and wellness needs in order to recover, learn, prevent, or maintain their daily living skills and engage in life to their fullest potential. The duties of an Occupational Therapy Assistant includes, assisting throughout the occupational therapy process and application with evaluation, intervention and outcomes. This includes, but is not limited to, compensatory techniques, equipment needs, graded skill building, environmental modifications and documentation. You will learn clinical reasoning for the application of safe, effective treatment with attention to the client s context.

Macomb s Occupational Therapy Assistant Program

Macomb s Occupational Therapy Assistant Program, a selective admissions program, reinforces lecture courses with labs and supervised clinical fieldwork experiences. You will explore the occupational therapy process and its application, as well as the therapeutic application of methods and modalities of occupational based intervention. You will learn about physical, psychosocial, developmental and wellness issues that benefit from occupational therapy, clinical protocols for intervention, assessment tools and methods, and the therapeutic application of daily life activities. The program prepares you for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) certification exam. It is the policy of the OTA Program, at the time of enrollment to make the student aware that a felony conviction has the potential to impact their eligibility to sit for the exam and to be credentialed, through imposed sanctions, including barring a candidate from being certified either indefinitely or for a period of time.

Occupational Therapy Assistant Courses at Macomb

In the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program at Macomb, you will take a variety of courses specific to your selected major, including:

  • Orientation to Occupational Therapy
  • Human Physiological Anatomy
  • Foundation Skills of Occupational Therapy Practice
  • Medical Professional Language in Occupational Therapy Practice
  • Mental Health Conditions
  • Clinical Kinesiology
  • Introduction to Physical Rehabilitation
  • Human Development Clinical Interaction
  • Rehabilitation Conditions and Intervention Planning
  • Pediatric Occupational Therapy Lab Lecture
  • Therapeutic and Psychosocial Intervention
  • Skills for Occupational Therapy Documentation 1 2
  • Professional Behaviors, Communications Ethics
  • Level 1 Fieldwork First Placement
  • Technology Environmental Intervention
  • Productive Aging
  • Clinical Transition Service Management
  • Advanced Physical Rehabilitation
  • Level 1 and 2 Fieldwork

The Occupational Therapy Assistant program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) c/o Accreditation Department, American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449, 301.652.AOTA,

Occupational Therapy Assistant Program Outcomes

The total number of graduates from Macomb Community College Occupational Therapy Assistant Program during the 3-year period of 2014-2016 was 91 with an overall graduation rate of 88.3%.