How to Apply

To apply to the BS Occupational Studies Program you must complete the University of Wisconsin System Online Application.

Pay for School

Contact Us

Angela Rintelman, MS
Recruitment Coordinator
(414) 229-2758 • rintelma@uwm.edu


Aggie Northrup, MS
Academic Advisor
(414) 229-2758 • witowski@uwm.edu


Patricia Thomas, MPA, CTRS
Undergraduate Program Coordinator
(414) 229-2507 • pthomas@uwm.edu

You’ve decided you enjoy working with persons with disabilities either through direct care or administrative service. Not quite sure which is the best career path? The Bachelor of Science in Occupational Studies allows you the chance to pursue a variety of career options. A flexible educational path, combined with a blend of elective courses, and you’ll be prepared to work in different health and human service settings.

You will also be particularly well prepared for further graduate study in Occupational Therapy and other disability related disciplines. Acceptance and completion of the undergraduate program in occupational studies does not guarantee admission into the Master of Occupational Therapy Program.

Become part of a large interdisciplinary department with specialty areas in assistive technology, engineering, occupational therapy and therapeutic recreation. Learn from faculty who are among the strongest in the nation in terms of their leadership, professional credentials and research productivity.

Why choose us?

  • You’ll be able to take advantage of a flexible educational path with a combination of face-to-face, blended and online formats.
  • You can choose from dynamic elective courses in areas of assistive technology, disability, design for disability and therapeutic recreation.
  • We’re known for our unique specialization in assistive technology. Our Assistive Technology Laboratory and courses feature state-of-the-art equipment that is unmatched in the state.
  • You can also pursue a Certificate in Therapeutic Recreation and work with clients and their families to combine leisure interests and community resources together with therapy.
  • Unique to the program are several research-oriented courses in the area of scientific inquiry, biostatics, measurement and evidence informed practice. This will provide you a strong foundation for graduate education or involvement in research.
  • You can prepare for diverse employment opportunities, including in growth areas such as occupational health, prevention and quality of life programs and technology.

Admission to UWM

Admission to UWM

New College Students

On your application for admission to UW-Milwaukee, select “Occupational Studies” as your intended area of study. You will be classified as “Occupational Studies-Intended” upon admission to the University.

After you have completed the prerequisite courses during your first two years of study, you will be eligible to apply for admission to the major and professional core courses.


Transfer Students

Application Procedure

Application Procedure

Submit a UW System application form and all appropriate transcripts to UWM Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Students who meet UWM standard admissions requirements will be admitted directly into the College of Health Sciences as “Occupational Studies-intended.”

General Education Requirements for CHS

General Education Requirements for CHS

The following courses are required if you wish to receive your associate or bachelor’s degree.

UW-Colleges
Associate Degree
GER DesignationUW-Milwaukee Bachelor Degree
3-6Humanities6
3-6Fine Arts/Arts3
11Natural Science/
Laboratory Science/
Math Science
6
9Social Science6
3Application and PerformanceN/A
N/AForeign Language
3*Ethnic Studies/Cultural Diversity3
3*Interdisciplinary StudiesN/A

*You may take a 3 credit course in Humanities, Fine Arts, Natural Science, or Social Science that will satisfy the Ethnic Studies/Cultural Diversity and/or the Interdisciplinary Studies requirement.

Some courses required for the Occupational Studies major also meet General Education Requirements. Contact your UWM College of Health Sciences advisor for additional information.

Transfer from UW Colleges

Transfer from UW Colleges
Course Requirements for Entry into the Major

A 2.75 cumulative GPA on courses (or their equivalents) required for admission to the major.


Suggested Courses in UW Colleges’ Curriculum NOT Required for Admission to Major

UW-COLLEGESUWC Course TitleUW-MILWAUKEE
PHS 202* &
PHS 203
Anatomy and Physiology
Anatomy and Physiology
BIO SCI 202 &
BIO SCI 203
OR
ZOO 234* &
PHS 235*
Human Anatomy &
Human Physiology
BIO SCI 202 &
BIO SCI 203
PHS 141* (5cr)General PhysicsPHYSICS 120/121
PSY 250Life Span Development PSYCH 250***
MAT 117Elementary StatisticsMTHSTATS 215**
MAT 201CalculusMATH 211
PSY 202Introductory PsychologyPSYCH 101
PSY 309Abnormal PsychologyPSYCH 412
ENG 210 Business Communication ENG 205
CTA 103Introducation to Public SpeakingCOMMUN 103

**Will serve as a substitute for KIN 270 in the OS curriculum
***Will serve as a substitute for HCA 203 in the OS curriculum


Recommended Course Plan

If you are interested in obtaining a degree in Occupational Studies from UW-Milwaukee, the following recommendations will help you plan your work.

Semester I

UW-COLLEGESUW-C Course TitleUW-MILWUAKEE
12-13 Total Credits
ENG 102English Composition II ENGLISH 102
PHS 202 OR
ZOO 234**
Anatomy and Physiology OR
Human Anatomy
BIO SCI 202 OR
BIO SCI 202/BIO SCI 203
PSY 202 Introductory PsychologyPSYCH 101
MAT 110College Algebra MATH 105
Semester II

UW-COLLEGESUW-C Course TitleUW-MILWUAKEE
13-16 Total Credits
PHS 203 OR
PHS 235**
Anatomy and Physiology OR
Human Physiology
BIO SCI 203 OR
BIO SCI 202/BIO SCI 203
CTA 103Introduction to Public SpeakingCOMMUN 103
ENG 210 Business Communication ENG 205
PSY 250 Life Span Development PSYCH 250

* You may take a 3 credit course in Humanities, Fine Arts, Natural Science, or Social Science that will satisfy the Ethnic Studies/Cultural Diversity and/or the Interdisciplinary Studies requirement.

**The combination of PHS 235 and ZOO 234 at any UW College is equivalent to the combination of Bio Sci 202 (GE:NS+)(4 credits) and BIO SCI 203 (GE:NS+)(4 credits) at UW-Milwaukee.


Special Notes

Please note that there are 13 UW Colleges and not all of the UW Colleges offer all of the courses listed. Be sure to work with an academic advisor at the UW College. You can be guaranteed admission to UW-Milwaukee by participating in the UW Colleges Guaranteed Transfer Program. After fulfilling certain credit and grade point average requirements, you will transfer with the same rights and privileges as those who begin their education at UWM. Please contact an advisor at your UWC for more information. For more detailed information on transferring to UWM, please view the UWM Transfer Student webpage.

Transfer from Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC)

Transfer from Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC)
Course Requirements for Entry into the Major

A 2.75 cumulative GPA on courses (or their equivalents) required for admission to the major.


Suggested Courses in MATC Curriculum NOT Required for Admission to Major

MATCMATC Course TitleUW-MILWAUKEE
Nat Sci 201Anatomy and PhysiologyBIO SCI 202
Nat Sci 202Anatomy and PhysiologyBIO SCI 203
Nat Sci 221College Physics 1PHYSICS 120/121
Soc Sci 134,188, 237 OR 238Child PsychologyPSYCH 260***
MAT 260Basic StatisticsMTHSTATS 215**
MATH 198CalculusMATH 231
ENG 198 OR
Speech 201
Speech OR
Elements of Speech
COMMUN 103

**Will serve as a substitute for KIN 270 in the OS curriculum
***Will serve as a substitute for HCA 203 in the OS curriculum


Recommended Course Plan

If you are interested in obtaining a degree in Occupational Studies from UW-Milwaukee, the following recommendations will help you plan your work.

Semester I

MATCMATC Course TitleUW-MILWUAKEE
12-13 Total Credits
ENG 202English Composition 2ENGLISH 102
Nat Sci 201Anatomy and Physiology 1BIO SCI 202
Soc Sci 231General PsychologyPSYCH 101
MATH 200Intermediate AlgebraMATH 105
Semester I

MATCMATC Course TitleUW-MILWUAKEE
13-16 Total Credits
Nat Sci 202Anatomy and PhysiologyBIO SCI 203
ENG 198 OR
Speech 201
Speech OR
Elements of Speech
COMMUN 103
Elective CreditsArts, Humanities, etc.Elective Credit
Soc Sci 134,188,237 OR 238Child PsychologyPSYCH 260***

* You may take a 3 credit course in Humanities, Fine Arts, Natural Science, or Social Science that will satisfy the Ethnic Studies/Cultural Diversity and/or the Interdisciplinary Studies requirement.

Masters of Occupational Therapy

Masters of Occupational Therapy

Students planning to pursue a Master’s of Occupational Therapy should consult the MS Occupational Therapy website and their advisor in the College of Health Sciences Office of Student Affairs for information on MS OT prerequisite courses. Acceptance and completion of the undergraduate program in occupational studies does not guarantee admission into the Master of Occupational Therapy Program. Some information is available at the UWM Graduate School website.

Contact

Contact

Angela Rintelman, MS
Recruitment Coordinator
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
College of Health Sciences
(414) 229-2758
rintelma@uwm.edu


Aggie Northrup, MS
Academic Advisor
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
College of Health Sciences
(414) 229-2758
witowski@uwm.edu


For admissions related questions contact the UWM Office of Undergraduate Admissions at (414) 229-2222.


For transfer credit evaluation questions contact the UWM Registrar’s Office at (414) 229-3800 or fill out this form.

Admission to Major

Admission to Major
Students interested in the BS Occupational Studies program are encouraged to contact the College of Health Sciences Office of Student Affairs. Students with bachelor’s degrees in other areas are welcome and encouraged to contact Student Affairs for a credit evaluation.
Prior to Fall 2017
These admission to major requirements are for students beginning the program prior to Fall 2017.

Students will automatically be admitted to the major after completion of 57 credits. Upon admission to the Occupational Studies major, students must maintain a 2.750 cumulative GPA. Students may repeat a departmental required course only one time.

Fall 2017 and after
These admission to major requirements are for students beginning the program on or after September 5, 2017.

Students will automatically be admitted to the major after completion of 57 credits. Within those 57 credits students must have a B- or better in:

  • BIO SCI 202
  • OCCTHPY 151
  • OCCTHPY 201
  • PSYCH 101
  • THERREC 202

At the time of admission to the major, students must declare at least one track that they will complete.

Upon admission to the major, students must maintain a 2.75 cumulative GPA. Failure to attain a semester GPA of 2.75 or higher will result in the student being placed on academic probation for one semester. A second semester GPA below 2.75 will result in dismissal from the program. Program required courses can be repeated. Any given course may be repeated only one time.

Meet With Your Advisor

Meet With Your Advisor

To schedule an advising appointment, call (414) 229-2758 or visit Northwest Quadrant Building B, Room 6425.


I’m a new student.  How do I start?

You are assigned an academic advisor upon admission to UWM. New Student Orientation (NSO) helps those who are new to campus to learn and understand the enrollment process and enroll in classes for their first semester at UWM!


Who is my advisor?

Aggie Northrup, MS
(414) 229-2758 • witowski@uwm.edu

You can also see the name of your advisor and contact them directly by accessing your student center in PAWS.


When should I meet with my advisor?

Students are encouraged to meet with their advisor at least once per semester to ensure timely progress to graduation.

  • Enrolling for spring semester?
    Schedule an appointment with your advisor in October or November.
  • Enrolling for fall semester?
    Schedule an appointment with your advisor in March or April.

Students are also welcome to schedule an appointment with their advisor at any time to discuss academic challenges, career opportunities, or any other questions.


How can my advisor help me?

CHS boasts professional academic advisors who understand the challenges of balancing academics, work, family, and the social aspects of college life. Advisors partner with you to:

  • Explore your academic and career interests
  • Plan the sequence of your courses
  • Prepare for course enrollment
  • Access tutoring and other academic support
  • Identify opportunities for campus involvement
  • Connect you to campus resources
  • Plan for graduation

Curriculum

Curriculum
Prior to Fall 2017
This curriculum is for students beginning the program prior to Fall 2017.

The BS Occupational Studies Program is divided into foundation, core, and elective courses. The program requires 120 credits for graduation. All students admitted to the professional program must satisfy University-wide General Education Requirements (GER), (except second- degree candidates who are exempt). English and mathematics competency must be met.

The curricular areas include:

  • Foundations courses: 47 credits
  • Occupational Studies Core Courses: 24 credits
  • Department Elective Courses: minimum of 21 credits
  • Free Elective and GER Courses: 28 credits
  • Total credits: 120

General Education Requirements (GERs)

CourseGERCredits
Total Credits:12
English: Must earn "C" or better in English 102
Prerequisite: placement test
3
Math: Must earn "C" or better in Math 105
Prerequisite: placement test
3
Foreign Language
Satisfied with 2 years of a single language in high school
0
Natural Science
Satisfied below by Foundations courses
NS0
Social Science
Satisfied below by Foundations courses
SS0
Cultural Diversity
Satisfied below by OS core courses
CD0
Arts
Select course from the approved GER Arts list
A3
Humanities
Select course from the approved GER Humanities list
HU3

Learn more about UWM’s General Education Requirements.


Foundations Courses “Introductory”

CourseGERCredits
Total credits:47
BIO SCI 202: Anatomy & Physiology I
MS OT Prerequisite
4
BIO SCI 203: Anatomy & Physiology II
MS OT Prerequisite
NS+4
BMS 260: Complementary & Alternative Medicine3
COMMUN 103: Public SpeakingHU3
ENGLISH 205: Business Writing OR
ENGLISH 207: Health Science Writing
OWCB3
HCA 203: Human Life Cycle
MS OT Prerequisite
SS3
HS 105: Survey of Health Professions3
HS 222: Language of Medicine3
KIN 270: Statistics in the Health Professions
MS OT Prerequisite
QLB3
MATH 211: Survey of Calculus & Analytic Geometry4
PHYSICS 120: General Physics
MS OT Prerequisite
NS4
PHYSICS 121: General Physics LabNS+1
PSYCH 101: Introduction to Psychology
MS OT Prerequisite
SS3
PSYCH 205: Personality3
PSYCH 412: Psychopathology3

Occupational Studies Core Courses “Major”

Maximum of 1 course may be repeated

CourseOfferedCredits
Total Credits: 24
OCCTHPY 151: Foundations of Scientific InquiryF/S3
OCCTHPY 201: Introduction to Occupational Science & TechnologyF3
OCCTHPY/THERREC 245: Client Diversity: Interdisciplinary PerspectiveS3
OCCTHPY 260: Enhancing Health through ActivityS3
OCCTHPY 401: Overview of Medical ConditionsS3
OCCTHPY 315 (519): Group Process in RehabilitationF3
OCCTHPY 340 (540): Evidence for Practice I: Applications of BiostatisticsF3
OCCTHPY 341 (542): Evidence for Practice II: Appraising EvidenceF/S3

Department Elective Courses

Choose a minimum of 21 credits
Note: Elective courses are subject to change and may not be offered every semester. It is the responsibility of the student to meet any and all prerequisite requirements for elective courses.

Focus areaCourseCredits
DisabilityOCCTHPY 290: Research Seminar3
THERREC 202: Disability: Society and the Person (GER SS)3
THERREC 303: Inclusive and Community Programs3
OCCTHPY 250: Concepts of Time3
OCCTHPY 530: Contemporary Issues and Professional Prep in OS
Recommended course for junior/senior
3
Therapeutic RecreationTHERREC 103: Introduction to Leisure (GER HU)3
THERREC 203: Therapeutic Recreation Process3
THERREC 300: Therapeutic Recreation Assessment and Documentation4
THERREC 308: Therapeutic Recreation in Physical Rehabilitation and Behavioral Health4
THERREC 310: Facilitation Techniques in Therapeutic Recreation4
THERREC 400: Issues and Trends in Therapeutic Recreation3
Human Factors/UsabilityOCCTHPY 320: Introduction to Ergonomics for Healthcare Professionals3
OCCTHPY 420: Principles of Human Factors and Usability3
ART 277: Design for Digital Fabrication3
ART 278: Introduction to Industrial Craft3
ART 279: Design for Digital Fabrication OR Introduction to Industrial Craft3
ART 478: 3D Digital Fabrication and Craft3
ART 527: Research in Universal Design and Fabrication3
Assistive Technology & Accessible DesignOCCTHPY 220: Gizmos and Gadgets: Introduction to Assistive Technology
Recommended first course for all AT subsequent courses
3
OCCTHPY 593: Introduction to Biomedical and Rehabilitation Instrumentation3
OCCTHPY 595: Vision I Introduction to Low Vision and Visual Impairment3
OCCTHPY 596: Vision II Practical Aspects of Visual Impairments and Low Vision Intervention3
OCCTHPY 620: Introduction to Assistive & Rehabilitation Technology3
OCCTHPY 625: Design and Disability3

Free Electives from Campus

28 credits


Complementary Programs

Students may choose to supplement their learning by integrating one or more of the following certificate/minor programs into their undergraduate studies. Students must meet with an academic advisor to declare their intention to complete a certificate/minor.

Fall 2017 and after
This curriculum is for students beginning the program on or after September 5, 2017.

General Education Requirements (GERs)

CourseGERCredits
Total Credits:12
English: Must earn "C" or better in English 102
Prerequisite: placement test
3
Math: Must earn "C" or better in Math 105
Prerequisite: placement test
3
Foreign Language
Satisfied with 2 years of a single language in high school
0
Natural Science
Satisfied below by Foundations courses
NS0
Social Science
Satisfied below by Foundations courses
SS0
Cultural Diversity
Satisfied below by OS core courses
CD0
Arts
Select course from the approved GER Arts list
A3
Humanities
Select course from the approved GER Humanities list
HU3

Learn more about UWM’s General Education Requirements.


Foundations Courses

CourseGERCredits
Total credits:34
BIO SCI 202: Anatomy & Physiology I
MS OT Prerequisite
4
BIO SCI 203: Anatomy & Physiology II
MS OT Prerequisite
NS+
4
COMMUN 103: Public SpeakingHU3
ENGLISH 205: Business Writing OR
ENGLISH 207: Health Science Writing
OWCB3
HCA 203: Human Life Cycle
MS OT Prerequisite
SS3
KIN 270: Statistics in the Health Professions: Theory and Practice
MS OT Prerequisite
QLB3
OCCTHPY 151: Foundations of Scientific Inquiry for Occupational Studies3
PHYSICS 120: General Physics
MS OT Prerequisite
NS4
PHYSICS 121: General Physics LabNS+1
PSYCH 101: Introduction to Psychology
MS OT Prerequisite
SS3
PSYCH 412: Psychopathology3

Core Courses

Maximum of 1 course may be repeated.

CourseOfferedCredits
Total Credits: 30
OCCTHPY 201: Introduction to Occupational Science & TechnologyF3
THERREC 202: Disability: Society and the PersonF3
OCCTHPY 220: Gadgets & Gizmos: Introduction to Assistive TechnologyS3
OCCTHPY/THERREC 245: Client Diversity: Interdisciplinary PerspectiveS3
OCCTHPY 260: Enhancing Health through ActivityS3
OCCTHPY 320: Introduction to Ergonomics for the Health ProfessionsS3
OCCTHPY 340 (540): Evidence for Practice I: Applications of BiostatisticsF3
OCCTHPY 341 (542): Evidence for Practice II: Appraising EvidenceF/S3
OCCTHPY 401: Overview of Medical ConditionsS3
OCCTHPY 530: Contemporary Issues and Professional Preparation in Occupational StudiesS3

Track Requirements

Disability and Occupation Track

The Disability and Occupation Track is predominantly aimed towards students that want to become Occupational Therapists.

CourseCredits
Total Credits21
THERREC 202: Disability: Society and the Person3
OCCTHPY 250: Concepts of Time and Occupation3
OCCTHPY 303: Inclusive and Disability Programs and the Community3
OCCTHPY 315: Group Process in Rehabilitation3
OCCTHPY 401: Overview of Medical Conditions in Occupation3
OCCTHPY 505: Work and Disability3
OCCTHPY 625: Design and Disability3
Applications of Assistive Technology Track

The Applications of Assistive Technology Track is aimed towards students who are interested in applying technology and/or designing environments and products that enhance the capabilities of people.

CourseCredits
Total Credits21
OCCTHPY 220: Gadgets & Gizmos: Introduction to Assistive Technology3
OCCTHPY 250: Concepts of Time and Occupation3
OCCTHPY 420: Principles of Human Factors and Usability3
OCCTHPY 521: Essentials of Assistive and Rehabilitation Technology3
OCCTHPY 593: Introduction to Biomedical and Rehabilitation Instrumentation3
OCCTHPY 595: Vision I: Introduction to Low Vision and Visual Impairment3
OCCTHPY 625: Design and Disability3
Therapeutic Recreation Track

The Therapeutic Recreation Track is aimed toward students who are interested in the field of Therapeutic Recreation.

CourseCredits
Total Credits21
THERREC 103: Introduction to Leisure3
THERREC 203: Therapeutic Recreation Process3
THERREC 300: Therapeutic Recreation Assessment and Documentation4
THERREC 308: Therapeutic Recreation in Physical Rehabilitation and Behavioral Health4
THERREC 310: Facilitation Techniques in Therapeutic Recreation4
THERREC 400: Issues and Trends in Therapeutic Recreation3

Free Electives

The number of free electives required varies (23-29 credits) depending on the track that you follow. You must take a minimum of 9 credits at the 400 level or higher. We encourage you to pursue a minor or certificate program with your free electives.


Recommended Minors/Certificates

Get Involved

Get Involved
Students with paid or unpaid experience in the area of disability, diversity, leadership and undergraduate research are best prepared for employment and graduate studies. Students in the OS program are encouraged to become involved.


Student Occupational Therapy Association (SOTA)

SOTA offers opportunities to Occupational Studies and Occupational Therapy students to become actively involved in a college-level association that is linked with both the state and national level OT associations.

SOTA offers a vehicle for students to express their ideas and opinions, be an advocate for occupational therapy, become acquainted with the workings of an organization, volunteer in the community, raise funds for charity organizations, and become involved in campus activities. The organization is dedicated to ensuring a successful organization for future OT students and creating cohesion, good communication and unity between students and faculty.

Contact

Contact the Center for Student Involvement for information on how to join SOTA and many other service, leadership and organization training opportunities.


UWM Office of Undergraduate Research

The UWM Office of Undergraduate Research is a centralized location for undergraduates seeking on-campus research opportunities and faculty seeking enthusiastic, motivated undergraduate students with whom to collaborate.


Volunteer Service

The Center for Community-Based Learning, Leadership, and Research provides the UW-Milwaukee campus with different opportunities to volunteer throughout the city and beyond. Each week of the year there are opportunities to make a real difference in Milwaukee and beyond by working to improve the environment, mentoring local kids, stocking shelves at a food pantry, serving breakfast to Milwaukee’s homeless community, engaging in an alternative spring break, and helping older adults.

Learn more about volunteer opportunities at uwm.edu/community/students

Graduation

Graduation
Students must achieve the following to complete an undergraduate degree in occupational studies:

  1. Satisfactory completion of 120 credits with a cumulative 2.750 GPA or better in all credits earned at UWM;
  2. Satisfactory completion of the University General Education Requirements; and
  3. Completion of the last 30 credits in residence at UWM.

You should contact your advisor at the beginning of your senior year to ensure that all requirements are being met.


Students planning to continue their education at the graduate level should note that the UW-Milwaukee Graduate Program in Occupational Therapy requires a 3.00 GPA for admission with full graduate standing. Admission to graduate programs is competitive and a 3.00 does not guarantee admission.


Use UWM’s Graduation website to review campus-wide graduation requirements, graduation application deadlines, applying for graduation, and ordering your cap and gown.

Employment Outlook

Employment Outlook
There are several different types of entry level positions in disability and health care available to Occupational Studies graduates. Some examples include Community Service Managers and Recreational Therapists.

Earnings

  • Community Service Managers: $63,530
  • Recreational Therapists: $45,890

Expected Growth

Employment of community service managers is projected to grow 10 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations.

Much of the job growth in this occupation is the result of meeting the needs of an aging population. An increase in the number of older adults will result in a need for more social services. Elderly people often need services, such as adult day care and meal delivery. Social and community service managers, who administer programs that provide these services, will likely be needed to meet this increased demand. As a result, employment of social and community service managers is expected to grow fastest in industries serving the elderly, such as home health care services and services for the elderly and persons with disabilities.

In addition, employment growth is projected as more people seek treatment for their addictions and as illegal drug offenders are increasingly sent to treatment programs rather than to jail. As a result, managers who direct treatment programs will be needed.


Employment of recreational therapists is projected to grow 12 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations.

As the large baby-boom generation ages, they will need recreational therapists to help treat age-related injuries and illnesses. Older persons are more likely to suffer from stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, and mobility-related injuries that require recreational therapy. Continued growth is expected in nursing care facilities, adult daycare programs, and other settings that care for geriatric patients. Therapists will also be needed to help healthy seniors remain active in their communities and maintain their independence later in life.

In addition, the number of people with chronic conditions such as diabetes and obesity is growing. Recreational therapists will be needed to help patients maintain their mobility and to teach patients about managing their conditions. Therapists will also be needed to plan and lead programs designed to maintain overall wellness through participation in activities such as camps, day trips, and sports.

Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Recreational Therapists, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Social and Community Service Managers.

Faculty & Staff

Faculty & Staff