Occupational Therapy is not currently offered at the University of Montana; however, a doctorate program is in development with an earliest anticipated start date of fall 2021.
Occupational therapists (OT) "help people of all ages participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities (occupations). Unlike other professions, occupational therapy helps people function in all of their environments (e.g., home, work, school, community) and addresses the physical, psychological, and cognitive aspects of their well-being through engagement in occupation. Common occupational therapy interventions include helping children with disabilities to participate fully in school and develop social skills, helping people recovering from injury to regain function through retraining and/or adaptations, and providing supports for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes" (AOTA, 2015).
Entry-level practice requires a master's degree (MSOT), but the University of Montana will be offering a doctorate level program (OTD) that will be open for admissions starting in the Fall 2021. This holistic health profession continues to be in high demand with career opportunities primarily in school systems, hospitals, and long-term-care facilities (AOTA, 2015).
For more information about the University of Montana's developing Occupational Therapy program pre-requisites and program requirements please read our OT Fact Sheet. General information regarding becoming an occupational therapist can be found on the official website of the AOTA.