Tulsa Schools with Occupational Therapy Programs
This article looks at two schools less than 20 minutes from downtown Tulsa that can prepare students for careers or further education in occupational therapy, although they don't offer the graduate training needed to become a licensed occupational therapist. Information on each school, such as enrollment, tuition, campus setting and the graduation rate, are included in a table. Following this is a little information about a Tulsa university that does offer a master's program in occupational therapy.
- Tulsa Community College, about seven miles from the city center, features an associate's degree program that prepares students to work as occupational therapy assistants.
- About 10 miles from downtown Tulsa, Oral Roberts University offers a bachelor's degree in pre-occupational therapy.
Comparison of Schools
The following table presents statistics about these schools that a prospective student should know when deciding on their education.
|Tulsa Community College||Oral Roberts University|
|School Type*||2-year; public||4-year; private|
|Total Enrollment (2017)*||16,897||3,919|
|Campus Setting*||Large city||Large city|
|Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)*||$3,221 in-state, $8,237 out-of-state||$26,792|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)*||87%||100%|
|Acceptance Rate (Fall 2017)*||N/A - Open admissions||93%|
|Retention Rate (2016-2017)*||61% full-time, 42% part-time||81% full-time, 17% part-time|
|Graduation Rate*||15% (For students who began their studies Fall 2014)||57% (For students who began their studies Fall 2011)|
Source: *NCES College Navigator.
Tulsa Community College
Students at Tulsa Community College can pursue degrees and certificates in several areas, such as business, education and allied health. Opportunities are available for students to earn an associate's degree and become an occupational therapy assistant or physical therapy assistant.
Associate of Applied Science in Occupational Therapy Assistant
The occupational therapy assistant associate's degree is 67 credits. Students in the program learn about clinical conditions and terms, neuroanatomy and physiology, psychosocial theory, developmental disabilities, physical disabilities, therapeutic adaptations and therapeutic media. The program also features a course that teaches students about the current trends in occupational therapy. Two fieldwork requirements are also part of the curriculum.
Oral Roberts University
Oral Roberts University offers nearly 100 undergraduate and graduate majors and programs through colleges in business, education, nursing, theology, arts and cultural studies and engineering. Several pre-professional programs are also available in occupational therapy, physical therapy, dental, medicine, sports medicine and veterinary medicine. An articulation agreement is available through the University of Oklahoma - Tulsa that allows graduates to pursue a Master of Occupational Therapy.
Bachelor of Science in Pre-Occupational Therapy
The pre-professional occupational therapy program provides students with the foundational coursework necessary to pursue graduate-level training in the field. Students in the program take courses in biology, chemistry, microbiology and human anatomy and physiology. The articulation agreement at Oral Roberts University allows students to earn 90 credits worth of general education and prerequisites before completing the remaining portion of the Master of Occupational Therapy curriculum at the University of Oklahoma - Tulsa.
More School Options
The University of Oklahoma - Tulsa is part of the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. While the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center is located in Oklahoma City, the school has a campus in Tulsa that features a Master of Occupational Therapy program, along with other allied health research and academic programs. Applicants to the University of Oklahoma - Tulsa must apply through the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center admissions office.