Occupational Therapy Courses in New Orleans with Degree Overviews

New Orleans has several universities that offer training in occupational therapy. To make an informed education decision, learn about the admission and program requirements for three schools located within about five miles of the downtown area.

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New Orleans Occupational Therapy Schools

Students interested in attending an occupational therapy program have a number of options to choose from in New Orleans. Read about the required courses and fieldwork at three schools. This article also includes a table of statistics on each institution in addition to details on another school option in the New Orleans area.

  • Located about four miles from downtown, Dillard University offers a pre-occupational therapy option for students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences program. Students in this program earn their degree while preparing to continue their studies at a higher level after graduation.
  • The Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - New Orleans provides a Master of Occupational Therapy program that prepares its graduates to enter the workforce as entry-level occupational therapists. The campus is about a mile away from the city's center.
  • Another option is the University of New Orleans, which has a program for students who have a bachelor's degree and haven't completed the prerequisites needed to enter the Master of Occupational Therapy program at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center. These students can complete the prerequisites in the University of New Orlean's pre-occupational therapy program. The school is located about seven miles from central New Orleans.

Comparison of Schools

Use this table to compare the tuition costs, financial aid info, enrollment figures and more for the profiled schools, which could help you on your journey to deciding where to study occupational therapy.

Dillard University Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - New Orleans University of New Orleans
School Type 4-year, private not-for-profit 4-year, public 4-year, public
Total Enrollment (2017) 1,290* 2,777* 7,964*
Campus Setting Large city Large city Large city
Tuition and Fees (2017-2018) $17,917* $13,089 (graduate tuition)* $8,484 in-state; $13,320 out-of-state*
% of Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017) 100% (first-time undergraduates)* 53% (all undergraduates)* 93% (first-time undergraduates)*
Acceptance Rate (2017) 41%* Info unavailable 57%*
Retention Rate (2014) 70% for full-time students* Info unavailable 62% for full-time students*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (for those who began their studies in 2011) 40%* Info unavailable 32%*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

Dillard University

The College of Professional Studies at Dillard University offers a pre-occupational therapy program through its School of Public Health, which provides bachelor's programs in community health, health sciences and health systems management. These programs are geared toward students who plan to continue their studies in a graduate or professional school after obtaining their bachelor's degrees.

Pre-Occupational Therapy

Pre-occupational therapy is an option for students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences program. A minimum of 126 credits are required to obtain this degree, and students are required to complete 120 hours of service learning and community service before the end of their junior year. Courses required for the health sciences major include public health, research methodology, epidemiology and kinesiology. Pre-occupational therapy students can choose courses on nutrition and comparative vertebrate anatomy. A public health internship is also available.

Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - New Orleans

The Department of Occupational Therapy in the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - New Orleans prepares students to assist clients in developing skills that will help them perform the tasks needed to get through the day. This department is housed in the School of Allied Health Professions, which also offers programs in physical therapy, clinical laboratory sciences, rehabilitation counseling, audiology and other healthcare professions.

Master of Occupational Therapy

Students must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited school and a minimum GPA of 2.8 to enroll in this program. A GPA of at least 3.0 is required in the prerequisite courses, which include anatomy, statistics, physiology, abnormal psychology and human development. A passing grade on the Graduate Record Exam is also required for admission. This master's program takes 27 months to complete, and 90 credits are required to receive the degree. In addition to their coursework, students must complete 6 months of full-time work in the field.

University of New Orleans

The University of New Orleans provides a pre-occupational therapy program through its College of Sciences. Students who have a bachelor's degree and complete these prerequisites are eligible to apply for admission to the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center's Master of Occupational Therapy program.

Pre-Occupational Therapy

Students must receive a grade of at least C in each course offered in this program in order to be eligible for the occupational therapy master's program at Louisiana State University. Required courses include human anatomy and physiology with labs, chemistry and several psychology courses. Although they aren't required, the University of New Orleans recommends the following courses for aspiring occupational therapy students: oral communication, technical writing, philosophy and introduction to computers.

Other School Options

Delgado Community College in New Orleans offers an Occupational Therapy Assistant Associate of Applied Science degree program that prepares students to take the certification exam for occupational therapy assistants given by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy. A passing grade on this exam is required to obtain the license needed for an occupational therapy assistant to work in Louisiana.

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