MacMurray College's psychology or biology degree can prepare you for graduate school to train as an occupational therapist, where you would pursue a master's degree in occupational therapy.
Occupational therapists treat injured, ill, or disabled patients through the therapeutic use of everyday activities. They help these patients develop, recover, and improve the skills needed for daily living and working.
Through rigorous courses in such disciplines as human anatomy and physiology and a variety of psychology courses, you are exposed to the knowledge you need to enter the graduate school of your choice. While biology or psychology is the typical major for occupational therapists, other majors are possible.
Undergraduate requirements for graduate school are variable, so the choice of courses at MacMurray will depend in part on where you plan to go for graduate school. The faculty advisor will assist you in making these decisions.
With the aging population in the United States, occupational therapy is one of the fastest growing health care professions in the country and is expected to grow far faster than average. The U.S. government projects that the field will grow by nearly 27 percent in the next decade.
About half of the occupational therapists work in offices of occupational therapy or in hospitals. Others work in schools, nursing homes, and home health services. Therapists spend most of their work day one-on-one with patients. The median pay for occupational therapy is nearly $80,000 per year.
If you have questions about the Pre-occupational Therapy Program at MacMurray College, Associate Professor of Biology Christy Wolovich would be glad to help. Contact her through our website or by calling 217-479-7112.