Occupational Therapy Doctorate Program


Do you want to learn about a profession that blends the humanities, education and science to promote people’s success in everyday life?

OCCT 2550, Purposeful living:
The Role of Occupational Therapy

This course introduces the profession of occupational therapy—a growing career!  

3 credit hours, spring (100% online) CRN 22096

3 credit hours, fall (in-person) CRN 64391

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The profession includes occupational therapists (OTs) and occupational therapy assistants (OTAs). 

OTs and OTAs work with people at every age and stage of life to maintain their functional daily living.  You will find them in:

  • Early intervention working with babies and toddlers to thrive in their homes
  • Schools (preschool through graduation) supporting students in special education
  • Hospitals and clinics promoting recovery from injuries and diseases
  • Residential facilities and nursing homes engaging people in meaningful lives
  • Industry helping injured workers return to their jobs
  • Health promotion helping people establish healthy habits
  • Mental health maintaining wellness through purposeful tasks

This course is 100% online in the spring and in-person on campus in the fall.  You do course activities at your own convenience and get personalized feedback from the course instructor.


The course instructor is a real Occupational Therapist!

Weekly modules cover topics like:

  • What is “occupation” and how is it therapy?
  • Where did the profession come from?
  • What do OTs and OTAs do?
  • How do OTs and OTAs work in so many different places?
  • How do you become an OT or OTA?
  • What characteristics make a good OT or OTA?
  • What are jobs in occupational therapy like?

job Outlook

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According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of OTs and OTAs is projected to grow 14-25% over the next decade. This is much faster than the 5% average for all other jobs.

In 2021 the median wages were:

  • $85,570 for Occupational Therapists (with most making $60,680-$123,840)
  • $61,730 for Occupational Therapy Assistants (with most making $46,810 - $80,210)

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Occupational Therapists

Ready to register for spring 2024?

UToledo Undergraduate Students

Contact your adviser at UToledo.
This course is an elective  with no prerequisites.

For more information contact:
Alexia Metz, PhD, OTR/L, Program Director
at alexia.metz@utoledo.edu or 419.530.6692

College Credit Plus Students

Any CCP student who is eligible for Level 2 courses can take this course.

Talk to your school counselor or UToledo success coach:
Kari Dilworth at dualcreditcoach@utoledo.edu or 419.530.3005

OCCT 2550 Purposeful Living: The Role of Occupational Therapy CRN 22096


Occupational Therapy program 

  • Nationally Ranked Graduate Program
  • Small class sizes
  • 100% employment rate

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Last Updated: 3/26/24