Everyday abilities that most people take for granted can be a never-ending series of challenges for many individuals. Most environments simply aren't well-suited to persons who have been injured, diagnosed with a disability or seen their bodies undergo debilitating changes as they grow older.
With a Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) degree from Nebraska Methodist College, you'll be equipped to provide such persons with the tools they'll need to sustain a high quality of life despite the challenges they face.
Most people you work with have the determination to overcome adversity, but it will be up to you to guide them on their path, helping them see that an injury or a disability doesn't have to be a hindrance to a long and healthy life.
NMC's Occupational Therapy program is geared toward compassionate professionals who want to take a more individualized approach to healthcare. While persons in this field may work in settings as diverse as hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and private clinics, you'll also have the chance to enter the homes and lives of the people you care for.
This personal touch helps define both the Occupational Therapy program and NMC as a whole. A person is not defined by their health issues, and our classes take a holistic approach that emphasizes establishing a connection on a personal level.
You'll learn how to implement effective occupational therapy programs designed with each client in mind, provide expert guidance for long-term healthy living and actively listen when having someone to talk to proves just as important to a client as making it to the next benchmark.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there is a 16% growth projection for the OT profession between 2019 and 2029, much faster than the average across all other occupations.
This is due largely to increased insurance coverage of persons with chronic conditions and continued growth of the elderly population. Workplaces in which OTs will find particularly high demand include hospital, rehabilitation and orthopedic settings.
In 2019, the median salary for an occupational therapist was $86,280 per year or $41.48 per hour.