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Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy Program

Program Overview

Do you enjoy helping others to improve their lives—especially when they’ve struggled with health challenges? Do you love science, and thrive on working with people? Are you a creative, holistic thinker who feels best when helping others live their best lives? If so, a career as an occupational therapy technologist  could be the right choice for you!

 You will learn to promote health & well-being with GU occupational therapy program. Many individuals of all ages experience difficulties with daily life performance due to developmental or acquired medical conditions and disabilities, mental health concerns, social disadvantages or aging, but occupational therapy services can help them achieve their goals. As an occupational therapy technologist you will recognize the dynamic relationship between occupation, health and wellbeing. Occupations are those everyday personal activities which have particular significance and purpose to an individual and help in the expression of a person’s identity. The aim of occupational therapy is to help people engage in those occupations which they need or want to do, and enable them to lead personally fulfilling and healthy lives. Occupational therapy technologists are considered allied health professionals, and they work alongside physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists, and many other health practitioners, collaborating to deliver holistic care to patients who have suffered from debilitating illnesses or injuries.

Occupational therapy program at GU is an innovative field in Egypt, which has not been introduced despite the increasing need for it worldwide to help improve the quality of life for patients suffering from diseases of aging, stroke, neurological or osteoarthritis or cerebral palsy in children. The program also includes training for the student to apply different remedial programs as well as a period of training in GU educational hospital to activate theoretical information and acquire practical skills.

Degree Requirements

In order to graduate this program, you will need to study the following credit hours:

University Requirement: 20 Credit Hours.

General Field Requirement: 27 Credit Hours.

Major Requirements: 83 Credit Hours.

Total: 130 Credit Hours.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will possess the following learning outcomes:

  • Recognize cell biology and basic tissues, their properties and structure. Compare and contrast the structure and properties of biological substances.
  • Describe surface anatomical structures of the lower limb, upper limb spine and trunk, with detailed knowledge of neuroanatomy.
  • Identify the etiology, pathogenesis, structural and functional manifestations of diseases and abnormalities at birth.
  • Assess patients and prescribe ideal occupational therapy program.
  • Communicate and discuss patient goals and expectations and discuss  the occupational therapy program with the patient, co-workers and other members of the rehabilitation team.
  • Work efficiently in the rehabilitation team under the supervision of the physician and communicate effectively with the rest of the medical team and patients with professionalism.

Potential Career Opportunities

It is predicted that occupational therapy will continue to be an important part of rehabilitation for people with various medical conditions and disabilities, such as Alzheimer’s disease, autism, cerebral palsy, post-traumatic stress disorder, the loss of a limb, or stroke. Here are a few of the most common settings in which occupational therapy technologists work:

  • Hospitals and inpatient rehabilitation facilities.
  • Schools.
  • Patients’ homes.

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