Department of Occupational Therapy
The Occupational Therapy (OT) program was established in 1988 as a division of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, and the OT division became an independent department in 2000.
The department offers a four-year bachelor’s degree and a two-year master’s degree. The undergraduate program enrolls about fifty new students per year. The OT program places an emphasis on integrating fieldwork experience with academic learning and strives to ensure that students are equipped with updated theoretical knowledge and excellent clinical skills. Graduates of the program will be eligible to apply for nationwide license examine to be certified occupational therapists. The master program provides students with advanced research training and strong academic foundation in their chosen specialization that includes medical engineering, human factors and ergonomics, behavioral psychology, and community-based long term care services, etc.
The curriculum of undergraduate program is designed to provide theory-based lectures combined with abundant hours of clinical practice. The students have to complete three years of intensive coursework and one year of internship which includes a 36-week full-time fieldwork in physical disability, pediatric, and psychiatric settings. Our OT program was accredited by the World Federation of Occupational Therapy (WFOT) in 1998, and underwent successful re-accreditation in 2003, 2008, 2013, and 2018.
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Our faculty members have diverse research interests focused on human motor performance and clinical practice issues. A variety of research projects are currently taken ranging from dynamic hand orthosis, psychometric properties/ outcome measurement, ergonomic approach for work-related injury, perceptual-motor integration and postural control in children, Long-term care system and community OT, assistive device design and practice, STEAM-based curriculum to enhance medical professionalism, life balance and quality of life in persons with depression, etc.