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Change Lives Through Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy is a distinct healthcare profession that utilizes evidence-based practice to address challenges people face when carrying out activities of daily living (brushing your teeth, getting dressed...things most people don't even think about) and find creative strategies that allow them to successfully complete those activities and get back to their day-to-day routines.

"In my time at Whitworth, I am beyond thankful for the relationships I have created with my cohort and faculty and cannot wait to see what the following years bring." – Alecia Belarde

Job Outlook

Occupational therapy plays a significant role in the treatment of people with various illnesses and disabilities and helps to decrease the length of hospitalization. Employment of occupational therapists is projected to grow much faster than the average of all other occupations (16 percent from 2019-29, according to the 2020 Bureau of Labor Statistics). The salary for health professions remains strong, according to 2020 Bureau of Labor Statistics. The national mean salary for occupational therapists in Washington state was $87,680.