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A More Expansive Curriculum for Better Treatments and Outcomes

“Disability should never be a door closing, but an opening to experiences yet to come — a life worth living to the fullest.”

Clarkson's Occupational Therapy Program taps the University's core strengths in engineering, science, entrepreneurship and the arts to provide students with an expansive knowledge base. 

This specialized Master's in Occupational Therapy helps our students embrace the field’s essential points:

  • Engaging in meaningful occupation and finding purpose are profound curatives.
  • A thorough knowledge of human anatomy and psychology — tied to an appreciation for creativity — lead to recovery and unique paths of productivity.
  • Neither disabilities nor perceived differences can violate an individual’s dignity or self-determination.

We are successful by offering the unique curriculum below: 

Semester 1:
Establish anatomical and physiological basis for occupational performance and explore dysfunction across the lifespan. 

Semester 2:
Explore conditions and their physical, psychological and social factors stemming from varied diseases and disorders with an emphasis on psychopathology, as well as medical diagnoses and psycho-social dysfunction with a focus on how these conditions impact the occupations of affected individuals.

Semester 3:
First formal fieldwork experience: provide deliberate occupation-based interventions to groups within the local, rural community. 

Semester 4:
Discover social determinants of health and occupational participation.

Semester 5:
Conceptualize potential contributions to emerging practices and problems affecting good health — and good healthcare.

Fieldwork Level II:
Address conditions across the lifespan and integrate occupational therapy to address physical and mental dysfunction, with an emphasis on alleviating periods of social disruption.


***The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) has granted “Candidacy Status” to the Occupational therapy Program at Clarkson University.

 Candidacy Status is step 2 of the accreditation process. Although the designation “Candidacy Status” is not a guarantee of accreditation, it does indicate that the resource allocation and plan for development of the proposed program appear to demonstrate the ability to meet the ACOTE Standards for a Master’s-Degree-Level Educational Program for the Occupational Therapist if fully implemented as planned. 

For further information, please visit the AOTA website at