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The 10 Best Occupational Therapy Schools

By Susan - Monday 4 Aug 11:00 am

Occupational Therapy is to quote: “use of productive or creative activity in the treatment or rehabilitation of physically, cognitively, or emotionally disabled people” (American Heritage Dictionary)

Occupational Therapy Schools in America are quite vast and abundant, due the ever increasing need for Occupational Therapists. The practice is being recognized for its massively beneficial qualities and more and more people are opting to study this trade through occupational therapy schools across America. Most universities offer training and tuition in this field. Here are ten of the best occupational therapy schools that should be considered when making a decision to study OT. They are listed in no particular order:

  1. Colorado State University: This is one of the best occupational therapy schools in operation today, and has received critical acclaim both nationally and internationally for its profound achievements.
  2. Boston University (Sargent): This occupational therapy school challenges its students to think laterally, and combines practical hands on training with expert literature and theory programs. Voted tie first with Washington University by US News and World Reports.
  3. University of Southern California: This internationally acclaimed school has been voted number one for 8 out of 9 years as the best of occupational therapy schools in America, according to US News and World Reports. It established the first ever graduate program in occupational therapy worldwide.
  4. Boston School of Occupational Therapy (Tuffts University): This school is an historic monument in Boston and offers doctoral and masters degree’s in occupational therapy. They teach their students to narrow their focus towards clinical reasoning with all patients, so as to be independent in decision making and treatment methods.
  5. University of Illinois, Chicago: This internationally recognised occupational therapy school prides itself on developing top class students who will have an impact on the world through their treatments. It is consistently voted one of the best occupational therapy schools in America and maintains high levels of superior tuition.
  6. New York University: Always ranked as one of the top occupational therapy schools, NYU has been offering comprehensive and informative training for occupational therapy since 1940.
  7. University of Pittsburgh: This occupational therapy school ensures that all students are prepared for practice as soon as they graduate and enter into the “real world”, by offering them the skills for work and practice but also for life.
  8. Washington University in St Louis: According to US News and World Report 2008 rankings, this University has been voted tie first place as one of the best occupational therapy schools in America. It is tie with Boston University.
  9. University of Kansas, Medical Centre: This University is definitely recognized as a leader within the field of occupational therapy schools, and also offer doctorates and masters degrees in the field.
  10. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill: The primary focus for this occupational therapy school is to enable all people, of all walks of life to enjoy a full and balanced life with the addition of occupational therapy. This is instilled in their students, and carried forward into practice after qualifying.

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