The Occupational Therapy Program provides an education that enables its students to become competent clinicians who are effective problem solvers and communicators, and active leaders prepared to work in a culturally diverse society. The strong emphasis on teaching and advising assures that the program retains its reputation for graduating excellent practitioners. Students study with faculty who are nationally recognized for their excellence in such areas as: adolescent and community mental health, gerontology, independent living skills, pediatrics, psychological adjustment to disability, work evaluation and leadership. This program has additional requirements beyond the major courses. These can include letters of recommendation, volunteer hours, interviews, personal statements etc. Please consult the college catalog or your counselor for more information.
Please note: After the Fall 2012 term SJSU will no longer offer university admission to the BS Occupational Therapy program.
The Department of Occupational Therapy is discontinuing the BS degree (also known as the Pattern I BS/MS Program) in Occupational Therapy. As of 2007 a Masters degree is required to enter the profession of Occupational Therapy. Potential OT students who are interested in the Master's Degree Program in OT at San Jose State University will need to complete a Baccalaureate degree in another field while simultaneously completing the 9 prerequisite courses. No specific undergraduate degree is required; however, several majors provide a rich foundation and are very compatible with the practice of Occupational Therapy. These majors include: psychology, cultural anthropology, sociology, kinesiology, child and/or human development, health science, education, biology and gerontology - to name a few.
NOTE: AGREEMENTS CONCERNING TRANSFER ARE CONSTANTLY BEING UPDATED, THEREFORE, THE STUDENT IS CAUTIONED TO CHECK WITH A COUNSELOR OR THE TRANSFER CENTER FOR CURRENT TRANSFER INFORMATION.