Occupational Therapy

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Mission statement

The mission of the Department of Occupational Therapy at Western Michigan University is to develop and prepare occupational therapists to deliver high standards of health care to a diverse population in a changing healthcare environment through education, research, and leadership, Consistent with the University’s mission of a learner centered research institution, the Department is committed to educating exemplary occupational therapy professionals, promoting innovation and discovery, and building and sustaining mutually enriching local and global partnerships.

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

Mickus at Alzheimer's Advocacy ForusMickus advocates for Alzheimers
Occupational therapy Associate Professor Dr. Maureen Mickus is a board member with the Alzheimers Association of Michigan and serves as an Alzheimers Ambassador. This past March in Washington, D.C., Mickus attended the annual Alzheimer's Advocacy Forum, joining over 1,000 other advocates from every state in the union with the common purpose of ending Alzheimers.

Study: Identifying an Underlying Physiological Process Associated with Food Selectivity in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Dr. Michelle Suarez, Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy seeks participants. Please see the form below for details.
Phase two consent form 

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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