Eastern Michigan's occupational therapy program ranked second in Michigan by U.S. News & World Report in listing of top graduate programs

YPSILANTI – Eastern Michigan University’s occupational therapy program is ranked second in the state of Michigan by U.S. News & World Report listing of  “Best Graduate Schools for 2017.”

Eastern Michigan occupational therapy students Lindsay Cooley, left, and Clare Still practice a transfer technique from a wheelchair to a bed or chair. During transfers, students learn to address issues related to cognition, visual perception skills and motor function.

Eastern Michigan ranked 52nd out of 163 programs nationally. Also ranked were Western Michigan University (32), Wayne State University (58), Grand Valley State University (88) and Saginaw Valley State University (142).

Eastern Michigan’s occupational therapy (OT) program, established in 1941, is designed to assist people of all ages and abilities in developing skills they need to participate in everyday life. Therapists are employed in diverse settings including hospitals, schools, rehabilitation facilities, long-term care facilities, home health care and in areas of prevention and wellness.

“The faculty and staff of the OT program are passionate about teaching,” said Jayne Yatczak, an assistant professor and director of EMU’s occupational therapy program. “We are fortunate to work at an institution that values teaching and supports and recognizes the hard work that is required to do it well.

“The success of our program depends on and is measured by our students who are invested in their education, the program and the profession of occupational therapy.”

Each year, U.S. News ranks professional school programs in business, education, engineering, law, medicine and nursing and other selected fields.

Rankings are based on the results of peer assessment surveys sent to deans, other administrators and/or faculty at accredited degree programs of schools in each discipline. Respondents rated the academic quality of programs on a scale of 1 (marginal) to 5 (outstanding). Other assessed qualities, which rely on quantitative data, general include student selectivity, faculty resources and research activity.

Only fully accredited programs in good standing during the survey period are ranked. Those with the highest average scores appear in the ranking.

Occupational therapy was rated the 9th best job in health care and 14th best job overall by US News and World Report (2014). In 2012, Forbes identified a master's degree in occupational therapy as a top degree to pursue for employment.

About Eastern Michigan University
Founded in 1849, Eastern is the second oldest university in Michigan. It currently serves 22,000 students pursuing undergraduate, graduate, specialist, doctoral and certificate degrees in the arts, sciences and professions. In all, more than 300 majors, minors and concentrations are delivered through the University's Colleges of Arts and Sciences; Business; Education; Health and Human Services; Technology, and its graduate school. EMU is regularly recognized by national publications for its excellence, diversity, and commitment to applied education. For more information about Eastern Michigan University, visit the University's website.

April 04, 2016

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Geoff Larcom