Since 1922, the occupational therapy program at WMU has been a leader and innovator in the field, and our graduates have made significant contributions throughout the nation and the world. In 2017 we celebrated our 95th 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:

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.


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.
  • Building and sustaining mutually enriching local and global partnerships.