Occupational Therapy

Student working with in a OT setting. Stock Photo.

Enter a growing health care profession in one of the few entry-level programs in the country.

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Occupational Therapy
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Dr. Ann Burkhardt
Professor, Chair and Program
Director of Occupational Therapy 
Email: ann.burkhard@drake.edu 
Phone: 515-271-2900

Help clients live life to the fullest  

Occupational therapists (OTs) focus on increasing individuals’ independence and participation and engagement in daily living activities. They help people live their lives to the fullest by promoting health and well-being. OTs help people develop, recover, adapt, enhance, learn, and improve the skills needed for accomplishing their goals and dreams. With a passion for improving the lives of others and a belief in the power of holistic health care, you aim to make a difference.

The Bulldog advantage

Drake’s accelerated, three-year OTD—a pre-occupational therapy program for undergraduates—is a great way to pursue your degree right out of high school. Drake’s entry-level program is one of only a few in the country. As a pre-OT student, you will complete a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences followed by a three-year Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) degree program. In your final year of completing your Health Sciences degree, you will be given full consideration for admission into the professional OTD program.

Throughout your Drake experience, you’ll receive individualized attention from expert faculty and staff invested in you and your future.

Run with a powerful pack

You’ll also experience the benefits that all Drake Bulldogs enjoy—small class size; professors at the top of their field who teach, mentor, and collaborate with you on projects and research; and a rigorous (and fascinating!) liberal arts curriculum.

 

Fast track to your doctorate
With Drake's accelerated Pre-OT track, earn your bachelor's in three years and your OTD in three more. 

 

The classroom and beyond

You’ll study in a state-of-the-art facility that includes lab and functional spaces. You will also participate in inter-professional experiences through the collaboration Drake College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences has with Des Moines University, Des Moines Area Community College, and Mercy College of Health Sciences. You will benefit from job shadowing experiences, career exploration opportunities, practice management skills, and an understanding of the health care system. You will also have the opportunity to become an active member of the Iowa Occupational Therapy Association and have ample opportunities to participate in community advocacy.

Join a growing field

Career opportunities for occupational therapists are growing more quickly than the average for most professions. This career is also listed as No. 9 on U.S. News & World Report’s 2014 list of Best Health Care Jobs. 

Employment opportunities following graduation:

  • Community practice
  • Hospital-based practice
  • School-based practice
  • Early intervention
  • Neonatal intensive care unit
  • Hand and orthopedic clinics
  • Private practice
  • Skilled nursing facilities
  • Home health care
  • Academia
  • Consultative work
  • Regulatory agencies
  • Local, state, and national organizations

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