The Howard University Occupational Therapy Program is proud to offer an Entry-Level Occupational Therapy program leading to a Doctor of Occupational of Therapy (OTD) and Post-Professional Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (OTD). The Department is uniquely privileged to be among the few providers of entry-level occupational therapy graduates in the Nation’s capital. The program has a rich history of excellence in leadership, graduating highly sought-after therapists, and developing national and international health professionals.
Occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants help people across their lifespan participate in everyday activities that they want or need to do related to their occupation. Common occupational therapy interventions include helping people recover from injury to regain skills, helping children with disabilities to participate fully in school and social situations, and providing support for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes. 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.