Download the latest Student Handbook for Shenandoah University’s Division of Occupational Therapy.
Fees, Expenses and Financial Aid
A student’s investment is approximately $28,000 per year for the occupational therapy program, textbooks, iMLearning initiative and fieldwork related fees (ie: criminal background check).
The American Occupational Therapy Foundation and the Virginia Occupational Therapy Association also offer scholarships. Many future employers offer financial assistance while a student is in school or loan repayment options after graduation.
Job Market, Career Potential and Salary
Occupational Therapy Rankings
- The current U.S. News and World Report ranked Occupational Therapists as #11 in Best Health Care Jobs and #13 in 100 Best Jobs in January 2019.
- Glassdoor ranked Occupational Therapists at #4 for their 50 Best Jobs in America in January 2019.
Occupational Therapy Salary Projections
The current US News and World Report indicated that occupational therapists made a median salary of $83,000 in 2017 and that the profession is expected to grow by 24% from 2016-2026.
Recent reporting from alumni indicate that a majority of starting salaries was between $60,000-80,000 with over 20% of graduates making above $80,000. (Sample size 15 respondents from 2017)
- 13.3% | 40,000 – 60,000
- 60% | 60,000 – 80,000
- 20% | 80,000 – 100,000
- 6.7% | 100,000 – 120,000
Occupational Therapy Employment Projections
Recent alumni obtained entry level positions in:
- early intervention
- home health
- long term care/skilled nursing facility
- mental health
- hospital (non-mental health)
Data from 2017 indicates that all reporting recent graduates of our program were employed in OT or OT related positions within 6 months of graduating.
Ashley Lankford ‘11 ‘13 works as an occupational therapist at Cecil County Public Schools in Elkton, Maryland. This experience increased her understanding of biopsychology, which in turn has assisted in her day-to-day work with students. Lankford’s advice to future students is, “Continue to challenge yourself and take every opportunity you can. Be creative, and don’t be afraid to fail.”
Autumn O’Hara ’11 is the executive director for Ride-On Ranch Equine Assisted Therapies. “The mission of Ride-on Ranch is to provide therapy to people with cognitive, psychological and physical disabilities. “With a master’s degree from Shenandoah University comes a network of health professionals as well as the education needed to pursue my dreams. There is so much information out there and so much that occupational therapists can do and be involved in. Research all there is out there, find your passion, and then pursue your passion.”