Occupational therapy is the use of occupation or purposeful activity and interventions to achieve functional outcomes and promote health. Achieving functional outcomes means to develop, improve, or restore the highest possible level of independence of any individual who is limited by a physical injury or illness, a dysfunctional condition, a cognitive impairment, a psychological dysfunction, a mental illness, a developmental or learning disability, or adverse environmental condition(s). Occupational therapists work cooperatively with other members of the healthcare team.
ATSU’s Arizona School of Health Sciences (ASHS) offers an entry-level residential program that prepares high quality practitioners to meet patient needs in changing healthcare delivery settings. The Occupational Therapy Program provides a strong foundation of critical inquiry applied to the practice, education, and administration of healthcare. The use of technology is integrated into instructional processes and occupational therapy treatment. The program is designed to be completed in 28 months.