Leveraging our legacy to forge the practice of tomorrow.

The EMU occupational therapy program has a rich history, beginning in 1941. Numerous outstanding scholars and practitioners have graduated from our program and have provided service to the profession, to their clients and to communities. Graduates of the program have gone on to practice in many different aspects of occupational therapy practice, to teach and to serve the profession. Our alumni and faculty have achieved some of the highest honors in occupational therapy, winning the AOTA Award of Merit, being named Fellows of the American Occupational Therapy Association, and serving in high level leadership positions for the profession.

Our program has recently been designated a Best Entry-Level Masters OT Program by Region list for 2019 by HealthGrad.com.

Our Programs

We offer excellent undergraduate and graduate programs for health science students looking to directly improve the quality of everyday life for people.

More Information About our Programs

  • Why Study at Eastern?

    Eastern's occupational therapy program has a long-standing tradition of excellence in training competent and caring occupational therapists who practice in diverse settings across Michigan and the nation.

    • Our focus on occupation-based practice prepares students to harness the power of occupation in order to maximize the health and well-being of individuals and communities.
    • Our hands-on curriculum provides students with opportunities to engage in practice with our many community partners within the classroom and fieldwork.
    • Our emphasis on evidence-driven practice prepares students to utilize and generate evidence that they share with clients and members of the profession.
    • Our attention to the development of students’ curiosity, positive risk taking and exploration of differing perspectives creates a mindset of life-long learning.
  • Accreditation

    The EMU Occupational Therapy Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at:

    6116 Executive Boulevard Suite 200
    North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929.
    ACOTE’s telephone number, c/o AOTA, is (301) 652-AOTA 

  • National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy

    Pass rates are reported for all schools online on a state by state basis. Eastern's most recent NBCOT board examination pass rate is now available online.

Contact Us

Sharon Holt, OT Intent Advisor
260 Rackham
734.487.3398 | [email protected]

At a Glance

  • Develop clinical and critical thinking skills through part- and full-time fieldwork during five semesters in the program
  • Employment projected to grow 29% from 2012 to 2022


  • On campus
  • Combined bachelor's/master's
  • Master's program


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Explore this Program

About the Program

Get to know the heart of the OT program by reading the mission, vision and philosophy.

Program Outcomes

See our graduation and National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy pass rates.


Find out advising information and admissions requirements.

Current Students

Learn about the organizations and scholarships for students in the program.

Additional Information

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Get practice before you practice with a required fieldwork placement.

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Conference and Lectureship

The Lyla M. Spelbring Endowed Lectureship And Conference is a long-standing tradition.

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  • Call: 734.487.4096
  • Office: 313 Everett L. Marshall Building