the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Occupational Therapy Program. The Occupational
Therapy program graduated its first class in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science
began offering a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy degree in the summer
of 2005 graduating our first MS class in 2007. The full-time
program includes two years of coursework on campus (including two summers)
followed by six months of level II fieldwork.
graduating from the program are eligible to sit for the national certification
examination administered by the NBCOT. After successful completion of the
exam, the individual will be credentialed as an occupational therapist,
registered (OTR). Most states require a license to practice occupational
therapy. State licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT
Certification Examination and additional open-booked testing on the state
law. A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to take the
NBCOT certification exam or to obtain state licensure. Please feel free to explore our website in order to learn about the
program, admissions, and the profession. If you would like additional
information please send us an email.
Accreditation:The Occupational Therapy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. Telephone number: 301-652-AOTA (301-652-2682) Fax number: (240) 762-5140 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Webpage: www.acoteonline.org.
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In its simplest terms, occupational
therapists help people across the lifespan participate in the things they want
and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities
(occupations). Common occupational therapy interventions include helping
children with disabilities to participate fully in school and social
situations, helping people recovering from injury to regain skills, and
providing supports for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive
changes. Occupational therapy services typically include:
Occupational therapy services may
include comprehensive evaluations of the client’s home and other environments
(e.g., workplace, school), recommendations for adaptive equipment and training
in its use, and guidance and education for family members and caregivers.
Occupational therapy practitioners have a holistic perspective, in which the
focus is on adapting the environment to fit the person, and the person is an
integral part of the therapy team.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor
Statistics, employment of Occupational Therapists is expected to grow 29% from
2012-2022, considerably faster than the national average for all occupations.
To learn more about the current employment outlook please visit – Bureau of Labor Statistics
Occupational Therapy Mission Statement
University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse Occupational Therapy program graduates entry
level occupational therapist leaders who are committed to providing excellent
occupation centered, person centered, evidence-based occupational therapy that
is grounded in foundational sciences.”
Philosophy of the Profession
faculty of the UW-L Occupational Therapy Program adopt and embrace the
following AOTA philosophy of the profession (AOTA, 2011).
are activities that bring meaning to the daily lives of individuals, families,
and communities and enable them to participate in society. All individuals have an innate need and right
to engage in meaningful occupations throughout their lives. Participation in these occupations influences
their development, health, and well-being across the lifespan. As such, participation in meaningful
occupation is a determinant of health.
occur within diverse social, physical, cultural, personal, temporal, or virtual
contexts. The quality of occupational
performance and the experience of each occupation are unique in each situation
due to the dynamic relationship between factors intrinsic to the individual,
the contexts in which the occupation occurs and the characteristics of the
focus and outcome of occupational therapy are individuals’ engagement in
meaningful occupations that support their participation in life
situations. Occupational therapy
practitioners conceptualize occupations as both a means and an end to
therapy. That is, there is therapeutic
value in occupational engagement as a change agent and engagement in
occupations is also the ultimate goal of therapy.
therapy is based on the belief that occupations may be used for health
promotion and wellness, remediation or restoration, health maintenance, disease
and injury prevention, and compensation/adaptation. The use of occupation to promote individual,
community and population health is the core of occupational therapy practice,
education, research, and advocacy.
Beliefs about Humans and
addition to adopting the philosophy of the profession of occupational therapy,
we believe that the Occupational Therapy Framework: Domain and Processes (AOTA, 2014) is a useful
way to organize thinking about occupational performance. The components of the Domain (Areas of
Occupation, Performance Skills, Performance Patterns, Context, Activity
Demands, and Client Factors) are influenced by the individual’s genetics,
development, personal preferences, culture, environment, and social/political
factors (McColl, M.A., Law, M.C., & Stewart, D., 2015). We believe that
humans have a transactional relationship with their environment (Dunn, McLain,
Brown, & Youngstrom, 2003). Not only
does the environment affect the individual’s occupational performance, the individual
can have an impact on the environment.
We believe that the occupations that we engage in today have an effect
on our future health. Participation in
meaningful occupations enhances the quality of life, supports
self-actualization, and improves occupational balance. (AOTA, 2007)
common division of occupation into categories of work, leisure, self-care, and
sleep may not be universal (Hammell, KW, 2009), thus a client-centered approach
becomes essential. We believe that
excellent occupational therapy is person centered and addresses each individual
client’s occupational performance: the
ability to perform desired and needed occupations in whatever context the
client functions. We endorse the
following statement: “Occupational therapists
view humans as occupational beings, and engagement in dignified and meaningful
occupations is as fundamental to the experience of health and wellbeing as
eating, drinking, and being loved.” (Kronenberg & Pollard, p. 58). We believe that occupational therapy can
occur wherever humans are engaged in purposeful activity and that occupational
therapists facilitate occupational performance through direct provision of
services, consultation, and advocacy.
of Wisconsin-La Crosse Occupational Therapy Program graduates will:
The program is 30 months long and
includes 6 months of full-time Level II fieldwork. Students must complete
Level II fieldwork within 24 months of the completion of the didactic portion
of the curriculum in order to graduate. Graduates of the program will be
eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational
therapy administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational
Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this
exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR).
In addition, most states require licensure in order to practice; however, state
licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification
Examination. A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit
for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.
Occupational Therapy educational
programs are periodically reaccredited to maintain the quality of the
program. The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Occupational Therapy
Program was last accredited in 2008 for seven years.
University of Wisconsin
Occupational Therapy Program Goals
1.0 Admit the most qualified students
and support them through successful completion of the program.
2.0 Develop competent generalist
practitioners who are prepared to provide occupation centered, client centered
occupational therapy that is informed by evidence. (Mission of Program Implemented)
3.0 Develop entry level occupational
therapists who display the professional behaviors consistent with those of the
4.0 Retain and develop faculty and IAS
to maintain excellence in teaching and currency in content area.
5.0 Graduates, Alumni, and employers are
satisfied with academic preparation
Fieldwork is defined as a
student face to face interaction with a client.
It may take place in the client’s home, workplace, therapy setting, or
in our laboratories.
The faculty believe in the
effectiveness of hands-on learning, so the UW-L Occupational Therapy Program
has a fieldwork experience in every semester of the program. These experiences are summarized below.
1) Integrated fieldwork experiences
2) Three Fieldwork I experiences
3) Patient Laboratories for
children and adult clients
4) Two Fieldwork II experiences
at the end of the curriculum
Please be aware that a felony charge
may affect your ability to obtain fieldwork placements and/or sit for the board
We are pleased to report the following outcomes for the
occupational therapy program:
Graduation Year (Calendar
Students Entering/Students Graduating
Percent of Students WhoPassed the NBCOT Certification(including retakes)
Two years (2013 and 2014) of official program data from the
National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) on the UWL
programs pass rate is available at: https://secure.nbcot.org/data/schoolstats.aspx. Select Wisconsin, Masters Programs and the
year of interest.