The Program in Occupational Therapy has developed a curriculum that bridges biomedical, public health and sociocultural perspectives. Within the coursework itself are many opportunities to provide community service to organizations and individuals and experiential learning to students.
For the Directed Master's Scholarship or Directed Doctoral Scholarship project, students can select to be placed with a local community agency or clinic to assist the agency in developing programs for those the agency serves. The course sequence is jointly guided by an occupational therapy faculty member and the community partner, and assists in building the agency’s capacity to serve.
Several courses provide the opportunity for students to interact with specific populations in the community and provide information and services. Below are some examples of how students have interacted with organizations and individuals in the context of coursework.
Fieldwork is an integral part of the educational experience. It is during this time that students have the opportunity to “operationalize” their knowledge and be mentored in the process. During fieldwork, students spend 12-weeks in a real-world setting, such as a hospital, clinic or community organization, where they provide care for actual clients under the supervision of a licensed occupational therapist. They deliver a variety of OT services including evaluation, treatment and intervention.
The Program has more than 500 fieldwork sites throughout the U.S. in a variety of clinical and community-based settings across the lifespan. Through our students' fieldwork experiences, we provide nearly 80,000 hours of community service each year.
Ranked as the Number One OT Program in the Nation
Program in Occupational Therapy
Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis
4444 Forest Park Ave., CB 8505
St. Louis, MO 63108-2212
Phone: 314-286-1600 • Toll free: 800-279-3229
TDD (Hearing Assist): 314-286-1651
Fax: 314-286-1601 • Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We welcome inquiries from prospective students, potential collaborators, community partners, alumni and others who want to connect with us. Please complete the form below to begin the conversation.
Current, future, and accepted applicants are encouraged to visit. We also welcome people who are exploring career options and considering occupational therapy. Dr. Kathy Kniepmann, one of our faculty members, opens our visit sessions with an informal presentation and discussion, followed by a tour that’s led by one of our current occupational therapy students.
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*At least two to three visit sessions are scheduled every month. All times are Central Standard Time (CST). Click here for more info.