From the Director

The School of Occupational Therapy at Brenau University has devoted our mission to producing extraordinary occupational therapists for the 21st century with great success. Our program is held in high regard, national exam pass rates are high, and our graduates are sought by employers for their caring approach, as well as their firm grounding in theory, practice, and appreciation for the scientific evidence supporting what OTs do. Let me answer a few questions frequently asked by prospective students and family members.

“What are the career opportunities?” 

Dr. Barbara Schell
Dr. Barbara Schell

There has never been a better time to consider occupational therapy as a career. If you enjoy the arts, as well as the behavioral and biological sciences, and are interested in making a difference by helping your clients “live life to the fullest”, then occupational therapy might be for you! Since the 1980’s, occupational therapy has been consistently ranked as one of the “Top Ten Fastest-Growing Professions in the United States” by the U.S. Department of Labor, as well as numerous other career-rating publications.

This trend is expected to continue as societal demographics indicate a continuation of complex health issues and disability, such as autism, dementia, and other neurological or chronic diseases.

“Where do OTs work? Can I find employment abroad?”

Occupational therapy is universally welcomed as a vital partner in influencing the future of our society’s most important institutions —the family, health care, education, and public policy. OT is established in many countries around the world, and outreach opportunities abound internationally for therapists who seek them. Global health needs and issues will continue to require the contributions of occupational therapy’s unique understanding and approach to human occupation—the activities that we as humans do every day, and how we construct meaning about them in our lives.

“Tell me about your students and faculty”.

We at Brenau are very proud of our students, our faculty and the support we receive from our OT colleagues in the field, all of whom make up our unique community of learning. Our students come from all over the USA as well as internationally. They are attracted by the quality of our program and faculty, as well as the personal attention and friendly atmosphere of the campus. Our mission is to prepare occupational therapists to excel in the areas of Practice, Inquiry and Advocacy in order to help their patients live extraordinary lives, as well as the graduates themselves!

The Brenau OT faculty includes prominent occupational therapists who are authors of major text books, publications and other professional resources. They are leaders in state and national professional organizations, and several have received outstanding recognition for their teaching and professional service. Most are active clinicians, bringing student learning to life “from clinic to classroom.” Faculty also guide thesis research and become lifelong mentors to our alumni.

“Will I receive ‘hands-on’ learning, as well as classroom education?”

Yes! Practical laboratory experiences, as well as clinical fieldwork are vital components of the Brenau programs. Students have excellent fieldwork opportunities each semester in medical, rehabilitative, educational and community settings. Faculty members guide these learning experiences, helping students activate knowledge gained from classes for direct application to clients. We have over 300 fieldwork sites throughout Georgia, the Southeast and beyond.
Come, take a few minutes and explore the opportunities that abound at Brenau. You will find it an excellent place to prepare you to become an occupational therapist!
Barbara B. Schell, Ph.D., OT/L, FAOTA Professor and Director, School of Occupational Therapy