Occupational therapists are medical professionals that treat patients who have been previously injured or disabled to improve their mobility and regain daily function. Students interested in studying occupational therapy often enroll in a bachelor’s program in psychology before applying to occupational therapy master’s programs.
Occupational therapists work closely with patients and doctors to understand the extent of a patient’s injuries or disabilities and prescribe a program to methodically treat and improve their daily lives. Medical centers like Grady and Piedmont Hospital in downtown Atlanta, as well as senior centers in the metro area, employ occupational therapists to work with children and senior citizens.
Prospective students should note that they must earn their degree in occupational therapy in-person due to the hands-on nature of the role, and need to pursue graduate school and participate in professional observation with a licensed occupational therapist before entering the workforce full-time. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports nearly 3,000 occupational therapist positions in Georgia with many jobs in the Atlanta and Savannah metro areas.
|School||Average Tuition||Student Teacher Ratio||Enrolled Students|
|Brenau University Gainesville, GA||19 : 1||2,813|
|Georgia Northwestern Technical College Rome, GA||56 : 1||6,608|
|Central Georgia Technical College Warner Robins, GA||36 : 1||8,140|
|Wiregrass Georgia Technical College Valdosta, GA||28 : 1||3,709|
|Coastal Pines Technical College Waycross, GA||38 : 1||3,606|