Points of Pride
In August 2023, the Open Journal of Occupational Therapy recorded its 1 millionth full-text download from ojot.org. OJOT is the world's first and only open-access online journal in OT.
Dr. Diane Powers Dirette, professor in the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Ph.D. Program, has been the managing editor since volume 1, issue 1 in fall 2012. The editorial board features several other OTs, professors and instructors from WMU and other institutions across the country. The editors offer special thanks to Fred Sammons and Barbara Rider, tremendous supporters of the occupational therapy profession and all of the work carried out by the OT department at WMU.
Points of pride
The Department of Occupational Therapy at Western Michigan University is proud to share the attributes and facts that make this program a distinctive learning environment.
Ranked in the top 50 graduate programs in U.S. News World & Report; highest-ranking program in Michigan.
A leader in OT education since 1922: One of oldest programs in the U.S. and first non-teaching degree at WMU
Several full-time and part-time OT faculty supervise Level I Fieldwork students in faculty-led clinics located on-campus and in community-based programs.
Open Journal of Occupational Therapy is the world's first and only open-access online journal in OT.
Partner with Mary Free Bed to offer a Neurologic Occupational Therapy Fellowship which gives an opportunity for an occupational therapist to engage in teaching, level I fieldwork supervision and research in collaboration with WMU OT faculty members.
99% pass rate on the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) exam.
All doctoral-level occupational therapy students engage in active research and capstone projects. Students present their work locally and nationally.
Inaugural Coalition of Occupational Therapy Advocates for Diversity (COTAD) chapter launch in Fall 2022.