A master’s degree in occupational therapy prepares you to begin clinical practice.

Occupational therapists practice in a wide variety of settings, including:

  • hospitals and clinics
  • community health programs
  • schools and early childhood programs
  • rehabilitation centers
  • nursing homes
  • home health care
  • private practice
  • military services
  • government agencies

Examples of occupational therapy clinical activities include:

  • evaluating children with developmental disabilities and working with their families to create daily routines and activities that help them grow socially, cognitively, and physically
  • working with people recovering from stroke to help them resume important daily tasks at home, on the job, and in the community
  • assisting groups of clients with psychiatric disabilities to identify effective strategies for challenging tasks at work
  • suggesting changes in the layout, routines, and equipment of home, school, or workplace to support continued independence for aging adults

As your clinical knowledge and skills develop, you also can go on to pursue other roles including:

  • educator
  • clinical specialist
  • consultant
  • researcher
  • administrator

student-profile-borisAllison Boris: “While I’m gaining knowledge in the classroom, I most appreciate that the Sargent faculty provides opportunities for students to get involved in research and community projects outside of the classroom. These experiences have pushed me to think critically and creatively, and have allowed me to pursue my passions while studying to be an occupational therapist.”