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Occupational Therapy

photo for occupational therapyHelp others regain and improve their participation in everyday life.

Occupational therapy professionals work with people who need assistance in work, recreation, and self-care activities. They help people of all ages in a wide variety of settings: school and play skills for children, social and educational skills for adolescents, and for adults, injury recovery and coping skills for long-term illness and disability.

As an OT professional, you'll find jobs in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, schools, nursing homes, community settings, home health agencies, psychiatric and mental health centers, hand therapy sites, and other health care settings.

Contact Katie Gulliford, Faculty Advisor in Occupational Therapy.

Program Description

Occupational Therapy programs are graduate level programs, requiring a bachelor's degree in order to apply. TCC offers courses that cover the first 2 years of a typical 4-year pre-occupational therapy program (college-level courses) as well as courses to develop skills needed for college-level courses.

The following local schools have programs in Occupational Therapy.

  • University of Washington
  • University of Puget Sound
  • Eastern Washington University

Degree Options: Associate in Arts degree (Option A) (PDF)

Program Planning

High School Preparation: While in high school, students should pursue all the available courses in mathematics, chemistry, biology, and physics.

Students should gain exposure to the occupational therapy profession through experience working, volunteering, or observing in occupational therapy settings (physical rehabilitation, mental health, geriatrics, pediatrics) with people who have mental, physical, or developmental disabilities.

Recommended Class Schedule: Based on the individual transfer requirements for each of the 4-year institutions, we suggest specific class schedules. See Recommended class schedules.

Learn More

Eastern Washington University Department of Occupational Therapy
University of Puget Sound School of Occupational Therapy
University of Washington Masters of Occupational Therapy

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