Michal Hochhauser PhD, OT – Head of the Department
The Department of Occupational Therapy has opened in the 2019-20 academic year. The program is fully recognized by the Council of Higher Education. Graduates of the program will receive a bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy.
The academic coursework and fieldwork are integrated into an occupational-oriented, evidence-based and client-centered framework, and structured from a life-course perspective. The concepts, theory and practice of occupational therapy are taught by researchers, instructors and experienced practitioners known in health care communities across the country.
Beginning in the first semester and throughout the three and a half years of the program, OT students acquire an exceptional range of clinical experience through fieldwork placements chosen from Ariel University’s large network of local and national clinical sites.
Throughout the program, students have close interaction and personal attention from the faculty. Most classes will have about 36 students, though many of them will be small seminar style.
The program is designed to fully prepare students to take the National Certification Examination. Upon passing the exam, they will be ready to enter clinical practice with confidence.
The Ariel University Advantage
- Faculty who have extensive clinical and research experience and are passionate about engaging students in these professional activities.
- Focus on community-based practice and emerging practice areas.
- The OT department is embedded in the outstanding School of Health Sciences at a stimulating research university.
- Part of the fieldwork experiences will occur on-campus in our child development (and soon to be also adult rehab) center, and partly in medical and educational facilities as well as in assisted living communities and sheltered employment. These will provide a broad exposure to a wide variety of clinical settings and client populations.
- Are flexible, dynamic, and creative problem solvers
- Can communicate and collaborate effectively with people from diverse communities
- Are interested in both the biological and behavioral sciences
- Enjoy the challenge of learning and applying complex knowledge about human occupations
- Are ready to assume responsibility for their own personal and professional development
- Desire to be agents of change for best practice