Occupational therapy is a health profession whose goal is to help individuals achieve independence, meaning, and satisfaction in all aspects of their lives. Occupational therapists develop, improve, sustain, or restore independence to any person who has an injury, illness, disability, or psychological dysfunction. The occupational therapist consults with the individual and family or caregivers and, through evaluation and treatment, promotes the client’s capacity to participate in satisfying daily activities.
For over 60 years, NYU Steinhardt’s Department of Occupational Therapy continues to be preeminent in the extent of its contribution to occupational therapy education and the number and quality of its outstanding graduates. The department is a leading academic center committed to the development of ethical therapists and scholars who are prepared to respond to the challenges of society’s ever-changing needs.
We offer professional-level graduate education for entry into occupational therapy practice and postprofessional master’s and doctoral degrees for graduates of approved occupational therapy programs. The professional education of occupational therapists involves the study of the biological and social sciences fundamental to practice and the role of activities and human occupation in improving, restoring, and sustaining function. Postprofessional education emphasizes scientific inquiry and advanced clinical skills to prepare master clinicians, administrators, educators, scientists, and professional leaders.
The department’s educational efforts are enhanced by its location in the midst of the most outstanding array of health and educational facilities in the country. The New York metropolitan area provides a source of diverse practicum sites that are virtually unparalleled.
New York University is a member of the Association of American Universities and is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.