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The faculty members in the Division of Occupational Therapy welcome your interest in the entry-level Master of Science Degree Program (MSOT). The U.S. health care system is in a critical period of legislative reform and occupational therapy is strategically positioned to support the reform process. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) that was signed into law in March, 2010, holds vast opportunities for the evolution of occupational therapy services in primary care and interprofessional care contexts (e.g. medical home model), chronic disease management, and the area of habilitation to prevent functional decline in people with disabilities. (www.AOTA.org)
Selecting occupational therapy (OT) as a career choice has never been a better decision. Since 2007, employment in health care has expanded by more than 10%, while all other industries in the U.S. have experienced declines in employment. The increased recognition and viability of occupational therapy is evidenced by a growth rate that is projected to be 33% through 2020. (Forbes article)
Occupational therapy is a thriving health profession with nationwide membership of over 105,000 and a median salary of approximately $72,000.00 for registered occupational therapists. Because OT's have the research-driven knowledge and unique evidence-based skills needed to control costs while improving client-centered functional outcomes, the employment opportunities in hospitals, outpatient rehabilitation units, long term care facilities, school systems and early intervention programs, community mental health programs, home health agencies, industrial settings, private practices and colleges/universities are without boundaries. Finding employment in a practice setting of your choosing will be easy because occupational therapy has been rated as the third best health career in the "Best Jobs in Health Care in 2014". (Forbes article).
Come and experience the small campus atmosphere at AIC and transform your college life. Become a part of the MSOT program where dedicated faculty members take the time to get to know you, and where your personal contributions to the program and the campus community will get noticed. Stop by and check out our facilities and see how the unique aspects of our curriculum fit with your educational goals.
Cathy Dow-Royer, Ed.D., OTR/L
Associate Professor and Program Director of Occupational Therapy