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Occupational therapy is one of the most in demand professions in the US and internationally. The number of programs in the field has, like many health professions, exploded. Findings from needs assessment conducted by the College of Nursing and Health professions revealed high regional and state needs for the development of occupational therapy programs that prepare graduates to become either occupational therapy assistants or occupational therapists. The delta region has a unique configuration of needs and strengths upon which occupational therapy programs will prepare graduates to meet and develop.
Employment of occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants is expected to increase faster than the national average from 2010-2020. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics places it near the top of the list for the fastest growing occupations that requires a master’s degree. Arkansas is expected to have a 20% increased need for OTD and OTA from 2010- 2020 and jobs are expected to increase by 12% in ten years.
***Please note, that program admission cycle 2019 will require a minimum GPA of 3.0 as well as a minimum prerequisite GPA of 3.0.***