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Detroit Occupational Therapy Universities with Course Descriptions

Jan 02, 2019

There are five schools within 40 miles of Detroit that have occupational therapy degree programs. Read an overview of three schools' programs, requirements and admission info and find out which school is the right one for you.

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Detroit Schools with Occupational Therapy Programs

Students interested in studying occupational therapy in the Detroit area have a number of school options. This article discusses three of these schools and includes a table for easy comparison of important school information.

  • Wayne State University, the largest of the three school options, is located 2.2 miles from downtown Detroit. The university offers a master's degree program in occupational therapy.
  • Located 12.6 miles from downtown Detroit in Warren, MI, Macomb Community College offers an occupational therapy assistant associate degree program.
  • Eastern Michigan University, located 29.7 miles from the heart of downtown Detroit in Ypsilanti, MI, offers an entry-level master's and combined bachelor's and master's program in occupational therapy.

Comparison of Schools

It can be hard to make a decision when it comes to colleges. The table below compares important school information and can make the decision easier.

Wayne State University Macomb Community College Eastern Michigan University
School Type* Four-year, public Two-year, public Four-year, public
Total Enrollment (2017)* 27,064 21,014 20,525
Campus Setting* Large city Midsize city Large suburb
Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)* $17,164 for in-state and $35,045 for out-of-state (graduate) $3,375 for in-district, $6,041 for in-state and $7,649 for out-of-state (undergraduate) $12,019 for in-state, $29,200 for out-of-state (undergraduate) $17,188 for in-state and $30,532 for out-of-state (graduate)
% of First-Time, Full-Time Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)* 94% 41% 97%
Acceptance Rate (2017)* 67% N/A - Open admissions policy 45%
Full-time Student Retention Rate (2016-2017)* 81% 67% 72%
Graduation Rate (within 150% of 'normal time')* 47% (students started in Fall 2011) 11% (students started in Fall 2014) 40% (students started in Fall 2011)

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics, College Navigator.

Wayne State University

Wayne State University was established in 1868 and serves nearly 30,000 students through its main campus and six additional branches. The Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences added the occupational therapy program in 1944 as a special education program. The school officially began offering a master's degree in occupational therapy in 1969.

Master of Occupational Therapy

The Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) is a three-year professional degree program. Students will need 64 credit hours of undergraduate work for admission into the program and 92 credits of professional OT courses to complete the MOT program.

Coursework includes health conditions, neuroanatomy, movement assessment, therapeutic media, interventions and outcomes and motor control. Additionally, students will participate in two fieldwork experiences to complete the program. The first is a three-week experience where students will split their time between a psychosocial, physical disability, and pediatric setting. The second fieldwork is a three-semester intensive, supervised practicum where students will deliver occupational therapy services to patients.

Macomb Community College

Founded in 1954, Macomb Community College opened its doors with just 84 students and has grown to serve nearly 48,000 students annually. The school has a variety of 200 vocational and comprehensive programs at its four campuses. MCC, with Oakland Community College, offers an accredited occupational therapy assistant program designed for students interested in providing rehabilitation and promoting a healthy lifestyle for a wide range of clients.

Associate of Applied Science - Occupational Therapy Assistant

The occupational therapy assistant (OTA) associate degree program at Macomb/Oakland CC is a two-year program that provides students with a foundation to gain entry-level employment in the field through lectures, labs and hands-on training. Students must take at least 65 credits to complete this program and will participate in two levels of fieldwork. Prerequisite courses totaling 19 credits must be taken at Oakland CC. Coursework includes advanced physical rehabilitation, human development, clinical kinesiology and pediatric occupational therapy. Fieldwork must also be completed. Specialized OTA coursework is taken at Macomb South Center campus.

Eastern Michigan University

Eastern Michigan University was established in 1849 and currently offers more than 200 undergraduate and more than 150 graduate programs and areas of study. Within the College of Health and Human Services, EMU offers a master's degree in occupational therapy, a program that has been in place since 1941. The school also offers an entry-level, combined occupational therapy program that allows students to earn an undergraduate and graduate degree in the field in five total years.

Combined Bachelor's - Master's in Occupational Therapy

Undergraduate students who are interested in receiving a MOT degree but have not obtained a baccalaureate degree yet can enroll in the combined 3 + 2 occupational therapy degree program at EMU. This program will begin with three years of general education courses followed by two years of coursework within the occupational therapy graduate program. Upon completion of the program, students will have earned a Bachelor of Science in addition to a MOT degree. Students are required to complete courses including anatomy and physiology, neuroanatomy, medical terminology, statistics and human development before they will be considered for admission into the MOT program. The final two years of the program will follow the curriculum of the MOT degree, integrating in-class learning and two 12-week fieldwork experiences at the end of the program.

Master of Occupational Therapy

Students who have earned a baccalaureate degree in a field other than occupational therapy can enroll in the 71-credit MOT program. The program integrates lectures and clinical training to provide students with the skills to work in the rehabilitation field. Coursework includes philosophy of occupational therapy, neurological foundations, research methods and professional roles. Students will participate in a level one and level two fieldwork experience where they will work with adults and older adults in a variety of settings.

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