Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy
occupational therapy class session

Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy is a health profession which evaluates and treats people with developmental, social, emotional, or physical problems and helps these individuals develop the skills to overcome the challenges of a disability. The aim is to enable those who are temporarily or permanently disabled to be as independent as possible in the areas of work, home, self-care, and leisure skills while recovering from or adapting to their disability. Occupational therapy practitioners enable people of all ages to live life to its fullest by helping them promote health, and prevent—or live better with—injury, illness, or disability.

Occupational therapy services typically include:

  • Customized treatment programs to improve one's ability to perform daily activities.
  • Comprehensive home and job site evaluations with adaptation recommendations.
  • Performance skills assessments and treatment.
  • Adaptive equipment recommendations and usage training.
  • Guidance to family members and caregivers. 
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Occupational Therapy in Photos

occupational therapy class 2018
stimulate motor skills session
occupational therapy clinic

What sets us apart?


ULM’s Occupational Therapy Assistant Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).

One of three programs in Louisiana

ULM's Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program is one of only three in Louisiana

Strong faculty reputation

Study and learn with Nationally-recognized and professionally-involved faculty with specialty credentials provide caring, individualized student support.

Clinical / Practicum

The Occupational Therapy clinic provides an environment where adults and children can receive clinical occupational therapy services provided by students supervised by licensed and certified faculty.

High job placement rate

Graduate students have been successful in gaining employment in a variety of settings within and outside of Louisiana for the last several years.

Collaborative student-faculty research

The Occupational Therapy program ensures student learning by promoting a comprehensive context for the intellectual, scientific, cultural, technological, and economic development of its diverse student population.

Occupational therapy practitioners work in a wide range of settings including schools, hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, home health, outpatient rehabilitation clinics, psychiatric facilities, and community health programs. School systems, hospitals, and long-term-care facilities are the primary work settings for occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants.

OTA Curriculum

For complete curricular information, see the ULM Undergraduate Catalog. Always verify all curriculum information with your faculty advisor.

For an interactive search of this and other undergraduate programs at ULM, see the link: Undergraduate Degree Plan Search


PRE-OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ASSISTANT (POTA)(Recommended sequence for Pre-OTA courses)


  English 1001



  Math 1011

College Algebra


  Psychology 2001



  Biology 1014*           

Fundamentals Of Anatomy And Physiology I


  Sociology 1001



  UNIV 1001  

University Seminar









  English 1002

Composition & Introduction in Literature


  Math 1016

Elementary Statistics


  Sociology 2026

Perspectives on Aging


  Fine Arts Elective

(Music, Visual Arts, Applied Arts, Dance, or Theater)


  Biology 1015*       

Fundamentals Of Anatomy And Physiology II


  Psychology 2078*   

Developmental Psychology


*Must be included in the 30  required hours for application



OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ASSISTANT (OCTA)(Required sequence for OT courses)


OCCT 2001

Introduction to Occupational Therapy


OCCT 2008

Group Process


OCCT 2002

Kinesiology for OTA







  Core Humanities Elective

{Must be taken from ENGL, HIST, Foreign language, Communication/Speech, or Humanities)


  OCCT 1006

Pathology I


  OCCT 2004

Pre-Clinical Lab


  OCCT 2005



  OCCT 2022  

Theory & Practice I – General and Adults


  OCCT 2026  

Applied Laboratory


  OCCT 2045 

Therapeutic Media







  OCCT 1015

Pathology II


  OCCT 2010 

Health Care Systems


  OCCT 2025

Theory & Practice Lab


  OCCT 2028 

Pediatric Lab


  OCCT 2029

Psychosocial Lab


  OCCT 2032

Theory & Practice II – Psychosocial


  OCCT 2042

Theory & Practice III - Developmental







  OCCT 2060 

Field Work Practicum


  OCCT 2061

Field Work Practicum








Students majoring in or with interests in Kinesiology are invited to participate in our student organization.

  • Student Occupational Therapy Association

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