Occupational therapists have the best of both worlds: they work in a rewarding profession that truly makes a difference in the lives of everyday people, and they have a secure professional future, with above-average employment opportunities projected through the year 2010 by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
But it is a field with a preparation paradox. In 2002, the entry-level professional degree was raised from the bachelor's Degree in Occupational Therapy to the master's in Occupational Therapy (M.O.T.). Bachelor's programs were largely discontinued as a result, leaving preparation for Certified Occupational Therapists intact at the associate degree level, but creating a gap in available preparation for those wishing to enter the graduate and professional level of study.
Governors State University has bridged that gap.
Office of Public Affairs, "Paradox Lost: Bridging Gap to the Masters in Occupational Therapy" (2003). Press Releases. 23.