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Occupational Therapy Degree

Occupational Therapy Program

Occupational Therapy Degree

Assist individuals in developing skills to live meaningful and productive lives.

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Occupational therapy is a diverse field that assists people with disabilities or other challenges to live the best lives possible. By focusing on the physical, psychological and social needs of its patients, occupational therapy assists people in developing skills and attitudes to adapt to injury, disease, and disability so that their lives become more productive and meaningful.



Why a B.S. Degree in Occupational Therapy?

Can you envision yourself in a diverse career field assisting people with disabilities or other challenges to live the best lives possible? Do you enjoy learning about biology, physiology, and psychology and how you can use those concepts to help others adapt to an injury, disease, or disability? If you answered yes, then a bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy could be the perfect fit for you!




About the Occupational Therapy Major

Our B.S. in Occupational Therapy is part of a five-year cooperative 3+2 program, in which students spend their first three years at McKendree and final two years at Washington University’s School of Medicine. Once you meet all requirements for the major, including one year in the Occupational Therapy program at Washington University, you’ll earn your bachelor’s degree from McKendree. By completing one more year of graduate work, you’ll earn a master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Washington University.

Occupational Therapy majors pursuing their master’s degree must complete at least 30 hours of volunteer time in an Occupational Therapy related setting. 

2023-2024 Program Catalog

A minor in Occupational Therapy is also available.





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McKendree University provides you with interactive learning opportunities through our small class sizes, experienced faculty, and unique internship experiences that move you beyond the classroom. We are committed to your success in the degree programs we offer, the internships and extracurricular activities that will set you apart, and the college experience you’ll get here. Just 25 minutes from downtown St. Louis, Missouri, McKendree University is located in historic Lebanon, Illinois, and affords students a host of enriching cultural, career, and entertainment opportunities.



Program Highlights


  • 3+2 program enables you to earn your bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Occupational Therapy in just five years

  • Our faculty are committed to providing you with a high quality academic experience that prepares you for graduate school and careers

  • Outside volunteer opportunities give you experience in Occupational Therapy before you graduate

  • Related clubs and honor societies enable you to meet others and enhance your resume



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Volunteer Opportunities

Our Occupational Therapy students gain valuable insight into the profession through a variety of community service opportunities, including:

  • Autism centers
  • Child care facilities
  • Special Olympics
  • Group homes
  • Elderly care facilities
  • Hospitals
  • Rehabilitation facilities
  • Summer camps for children with special needs
  • Equestrian programs




Photo of McKendree Seal MarkerEmployment Opportunities

Occupational Therapists work with the elderly, babies, infants, children, adults with disabilities, individuals with illnesses, or individuals dealing with an acute injury. Employers can include school systems, long-term care facilities, hospitals, home health care organizations, rehabilitation facilities, and industry and social service agencies.




Interesting Courses


  • Introduction to Occupational Therapy

  • Abnormal Psychology

  • Anatomy & Physiology



Club Information / Honor Societies


  • Psychology Club

  • Pi Gamma Mu (International Social Science Honor Society) - Student members enjoy enriching activities, service projects, publications, guest lectureship grants, and scholarship programs.




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Key Faculty


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Assistant Professor
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