Fremont Occupational Therapy Degrees
Occupational therapists work with disabled or injured patients to create treatment plans that will improve their quality of life through therapeutic exercises and environmental accommodations. While there are no schools directly in Fremont, CA, offering programs in this field, students can find educational opportunities in nearby areas. This article discusses the required courses and clinical components at three universities; it also includes a table of stats for easy comparison of the institutions.
- San Jose State University is located about 16 miles from downtown Fremont and offers a master's degree in occupational therapy.
- Located about 24 miles away from central Fremont, Samuel Merritt University is a 4-year, private school that features a Master of Occupational Therapy and Doctor of Occupational Therapy program.
- Dominican University offers another private school option. It's located about 40 miles from Fremont's downtown area and provides an occupational therapy master's degree program, as well as a joint bachelor's/master's program.
Comparison of Schools
Those looking to attend college with a smaller body of students may be more interested in Samuel Merritt University or Dominican University of California, as they have less than 2,500 students enrolled. However, San Jose State University, as a public school, offers a much lower tuition rate. Explore these considerations and other factors in the table below.
|San Jose State University||Samuel Merritt University||Dominican University of California|
|School Type*||4-year; public||4-year; private, not-for-profit||4-year; private, not-for-profit|
|Total Enrollment (2017)*||35,835||2,141||1,744|
|Campus Setting*||Large city||Large city||Small city|
|Graduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)*|| $9,155 in-state
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)*||73%|| 53% (grants and scholarships; all undergrads)
60% (federal student loans; all undergrads)
|Acceptance Rate (Fall 2017)*||67%||N/A||88%|
|Retention Rate (2016-2017)*||87% full-time||N/A||86% full-time|
|Graduation Rate (For students who began their studies in Fall 2011)*||57%||N/A||72%|
Source: *National Center Education Statistics (NCES) College Navigator.
San Jose State University
San Jose State University offers occupational therapy programs through its Department of Occupational Therapy. Graduates of the master's program can go on to work as clinicians in private homes, nursing care facilities, schools, hospitals and other health care settings.
Master of Science in Occupational Therapy - Entry-Level
This program is designed for students who have completed an undergraduate degree in a field other than occupational therapy. During the 3-year program, students explore education, research, history and cultural diversity as they relate to occupational therapy. The program also covers topics in kinesiology, occupational therapy practice, occupational performance and physical disabilities. In addition to extensive field work, students must also complete a seminar or an international experience requirement.
Samuel Merritt University
Samuel Merritt University offers programs in nursing, physical therapy, physician assistant, podiatric medicine and occupational therapy. There are 26 faculty and faculty adjunct members who educate and train students in the occupational therapy program.
Master of Occupational Therapy
This 78-credit master's program covers topics in kinesiology, biomechanics, therapeutic media, neuroscience, human and psychosocial dysfunction and health and wellness. Students also pursue clinical practicums with both adults and children; a final research project is also required. Level I fieldwork requires that students complete 120 hours of clinical practice, while level II fieldwork includes six months of work in two clinical locations. In addition, all students provide occupational therapy services to community residents as part of two special clinics sponsored by the department.
Doctor of Occupational Therapy
The OTD program was started in Fall 2016. The curriculum includes seminars and advanced clinical practices in adults and pediatrics. Students can also choose from among clinical focuses in hands, geriatrics, pediatrics or cognition. A total of 99 units must be completed to earn this degree.
Dominican University of California
The Department of Occupational Therapy at the Dominican University of California was founded in 1996 and has 200 fieldwork sites. The department features 6 full-time faculty and 3 part-time faculty adjunct staff members.
Bachelor of Science in Health Science/Master of Science in Occupational Therapy
This 5-year program provides students with both a bachelor's and a master's degree. Undergraduate courses cover human neuroanatomy, heath care ethics, psychology and human physiology, while graduate-level courses cover principles and practices and occupational therapy and occupational therapy program development. Students must also complete level I and level II fieldwork.
Master of Science in Occupational Therapy
The Master of Science in Occupational Therapy is an 80-credit program that can be completed in three years. It is designed for students who already have an undergraduate degree in another field. Students take courses in occupational therapy conditions, neuroanatomy and physiology, human movement, fundamentals of occupational therapy and human occupations. Two fieldwork requirements are also part of the program. Fieldwork I requires that students work with adults and children in schools and medical facilities. Fieldwork II include two 3-month clinical internships. The program also requires that students complete a master's thesis.