Photo of Ben Atchison.Welcome to the Western Michigan University Department of Occupational Therapy in the College of Health and Human Services. Since 1922, the WMU occupational therapy program has been a leader and innovator in the field, and our graduates have made significant contributions throughout the nation and the world. In 2012 we celebrated our 90th Anniversary, commemorating a tradition of excellence and committing to a bold future.

Historically, occupational therapists have been in high demand, and that demand is rising. New professionals are needed, particularly those skilled in working with the growing population of older adults. In that area and many others, WMU occupational therapy graduates have distinct advantages:

  • 4 + 1 bachelor's/master's program, a fast track to professional practice.
  • Graduate professional program, available in Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids.
  • Access to the WMU Center for Gerontology.
  • Award winning and experienced faculty committed to teaching excellence, scholarship and service.
  • Marion R. Spear OT Clinic, high quality clinical preparation right next door.

We welcome your interest in our OT academic programs and invite you to browse these pages and our points of pride and contact us for further information.


Ben Atchison, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA
Chair and Professor
Department of Occupational Therapy