Occupational therapy (OT) is a health-care profession that uses occupation, or meaningful activity, to help people achieve independence and lead productive and satisfying lives. Occupational therapists form a dynamic and collaborative partnership with service recipients in order to support their maximal participation in societal roles. The uniqueness of occupational therapy lies in the recognition and appreciation of the importance of day-to-day occupations that are used to positively influence one’s health and well-being.
1 Graduate Success
Outcome data from Xavier University’s occupational therapy program demonstrate graduates have a high passage rate on the national certification exam, passage of which is required to practice as an occupational therapist. Similarly, Xavier’s graduates have a high success rate of obtaining employment in their chosen area of interest. Many local and regional employers request Xavier graduates for position openings.
2 Fieldwork Education
Fieldwork education is a valuable component of the entry level master of occupational therapy program. Fieldwork provides the opportunity to connect the knowledge learned in the classroom to the various practice arenas of occupational therapy.
3 XU Student Occupational Therapy Association
This group is formed on the Xavier University campus by the current students enrolled in the occupational therapy program to provide networking opportunities among classmates, a forum for student focus on professional activities, sharing of professional information, and the opportunity to become involved in the American Occupational Therapy Association from a student level.