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The Department of Occupational Therapy was the first non-teacher education program at Western Michigan University and is consistently ranked among the top 50 such programs in the nation by US News and World Reports.

Occupational therapy offers a professional entry undergraduate program for students/transfer students, offered at WMU's main campus in Kalamazoo and a professional entry graduate program for students who already hold a bachelor's degree, offered at WMU's Kalamazoo campus and the WMU Graduate Center in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan.

As part of the College of Health and Human Services, the Department of Occupational Therapy is an inclusive community of learners that embraces, respects and advocates for human diversity. The college has a sustained commitment to eliminating disparities in health care and other human services by using dynamic methods to infuse this perspective into curricula, clinical practice and research.

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News and announcements

Grant update

Home for Life's mobile technology was featured at the Aging, Technology and Innovation Conference & Dolphin Tank® Pitch Session November 20 as part of the Gerontological Society of America’s Annual Scientific Meeting. We are one of six innovative companies that were showcased.

We continue to work with home health agencies, rehabilitation facilities and hospitals by adding value to their current home assessment processes with technology that:

  • Facilitates a person-environment-occupation approach.
  • Provides product solutions with pictures.
  • Produces successful outcomes.

In addition, the app and solution have been duplicated and made easy for consumers to have access to a DIY process from our website. Take our simple, home evaluation survey and find products that best meet your need.

Grant recipient’s innovation selected for OT curriculum

The first Sammons Center for Innovation and Research in Occupational Based Technology grant was awarded this year to Carolyn Sithong, chief health officer of Home for Life Design, a leader in home assessment software for students, professionals, hospitals and rehabilitation centers.

WMU professors receive award from American Occupational Therapy Association 

Western Michigan University professors continue to win accolades from a national occupational therapy professional organization. Dr. Diane Dirette, a WMU professor of occupational therapy, and Dr. Amy Wagenfeld, who begins her duties at WMU in the spring semester as an assistant professor of occupational therapy, both will be inducted into the Roster of Fellows of the American Occupational Therapy Association at its annual conference in April 2016 in Chicago.

U.S. News and World Report best jobs logo.Occupational therapy on U.S. News & World Report's list of best career choices

U.S. News & World Report compiled a list of the 25 best jobs—and occupational therapy was ranked No. 10.

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