We envision that the Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of Missouri will be a globally renowned leader in occupational therapy exemplified by innovation and excellence in clinical education, service, practice, and scholarship.
The mission of the Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of Missouri is to improve the health and well-being of society by assisting people to optimize their participation in everyday life occupations. We achieve this mission through the integration of: (1) our professional education of clinically innovative occupational therapy practitioners prepared to meet the dynamic occupational needs of people and communities across the lifespan; (2) our steadfast commitment to service to our community and our profession; (3) our evidence-based practice; and (4) our commitment to scholarship, discovery, and clinical research to advance our profession.
Occupational Therapy Defined
Occupational therapy practitioners provide skilled treatment that helps individuals achieve independence in all facets of their lives; occupational therapy is also one of the fastest growing health professions. Our students have had 100 percent placement rate after graduation, joining MU alumni in patient care or management positions in schools, hospitals, specialized clinics, nursing homes and other health-care agencies.
Find out more about occupational therapy from the American Occupational Therapy Association.