The Occupational Therapy program at CSM prepares students to deliver quality occupational therapy services. The program emphasizes providing compassionate, ethical occupational therapy services to all individuals; particularly those who are vulnerable to compromised health and quality living.
Employment of occupational therapists is expected to increase by 21-35% for all occupations through 2012, and graduates of the program are equipped with the knowledge and skills to promote quality of life that is expressed in meaningful doing or occupation.
Service Learning and Fieldwork Opportunities
95% of students participate in some type of service opportunity
15,000 hours of service learning completed by students in 2007-08 (average of 10+ hours per student)
All students complete off-site fieldwork experiences at some of the nation's top healthcare facilities. Some of the locations where our students have practiced include: Children's Hospital and Medical Center (Omaha); George Washington University Hospital (Washington, D.C.); Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital (Lincoln, Neb.); The Mayo Clinic (Rochester, Minn.); Rehabilitation Institute of St. Louis (Mo.); Scripps Memorial Hospital (La Jolla, Calif.), Texas Children's Hospital (Houston, Texas)
Unique program design
Outstanding job placement rate
- Many students are offered jobs at the completion of Level II fieldwork or at graduation
Board Pass Rates
The total number of graduates who passed the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) certification examination as first-time new graduate test takers in 2009-2011 was 47 out of 57, which is a pass rate of 82%. During that 3-year time period, the program had 58 graduates.
The total pass rate for graduates, including first time and repeat test takers in 2009-2011 was 56 out of 59 test takers, which is 95%. During that 3 year time period, the program had 59 graduates.
OT graduate student had article featured in national publication for OT Practice
Faculty present expertise locally, nationally & internationally.
Students in program have presented locally & nationally.