Phoenix-area Occupational Therapy School
There are no schools in Phoenix, Arizona, that offer occupational therapy degree programs. The nearest school providing education and training in occupational therapy is Midwestern University in Glendale, about 21 miles from Phoenix (a 26-minute drive). It has a Master of Occupational Therapy degree program accredited by the American Occupational Therapy Association's Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education. This article looks at the school and this program, and also includes a table of statistics, such as tuition and enrollment.
The following table presents information about Midwestern University that could be useful to aspiring occupational therapy students as they decide on a school.
|School Type*||4-year, private nonprofit|
|Program Enrollment (Fall 2017)**||40|
|Campus Setting*||Large Suburb|
|Graduate Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)*||$40,512|
|Graduation Rate (2014)**||100%|
Source: *NCES College Navigator; **Midwestern University Glendale.
The Glendale campus of Midwestern University, which also has a location in Downers Grove, Illinois, offers health science and clinical training programs. The university's occupational therapy program is conducted through the College of Health Sciences. While partnerships with local hospitals and medical facilities provide students with hands-on experience, opportunities are available on-campus to learn through state of the art labs and classrooms.
Applicants to the occupational therapy program must have a bachelor's degree in any field. Prerequisite courses include human development, physiology, social science, abnormal psychology, human anatomy and statistics. CPR certification is also required, and it must be kept current throughout attendance at the program; incoming students are also subject to background checks.
Master of Occupational Therapy
The 27-month, occupational therapy program combines classroom instruction with supervised clinical fieldwork. The curriculum includes foundational and advanced courses such as evaluation and treatment, health care, research and analysis. Program coursework addresses specific occupational therapy topics in the rehabilitation of upper extremities, pediatric care, senior care, promotion of health and work rehabilitation.
Additional courses include neuroscience, clinical practice, kinesiology and anatomy. Fieldwork is conducted on two occasions during the curriculum with Level I at the beginning and a more intensive 12-week Level II fieldwork after completion of academic coursework. Graduates are eligible to take the certification exam given by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy.