Occupational Therapy is the therapeutic use of self-care, work / productive activities, and pay / leisure activities to increase independent function, enhance development, and prevent disability. It includes adapting tasks and the environment to maximize independence and quality of life. The term occupation refers to activities that are meaningful to the individual within the environments in which the person lives and functions. (Taken from the American Occupational Therapists Association home page)
Penn state offers a two-year associate degree program that helps students prepare for careers as certified occupational therapy assistants. Graduates from the Occupational Therapy associate degree program may apply credits toward a baccalaureate or master-level degree in occupational therapy or related health care field.
The program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE):
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