To all of our Friends, Colleagues, Students, and Alumni,
Welcome to the Occupational Therapy Program at the University of Wisconsin Madison! For over 75 years, we have been committed to advancing the mission of the university, along with that of our field, which embodies excellence in research and clinical care. Our vibrant faculty and academic staff represent a wide range of expertise which produces leaders in occupational therapy and beyond as well as numerous evidence-based practitioners over the years. Our proud Badger tradition of well-trained, compassionate and innovative graduates has served our community, state, and world for many decades.
We have outstanding educational programs, including an entry-level graduate program for those wanting to become occupational therapists, as well as a Ph.D. in Occupational Science and a fully online Post-Professional Occupational Therapy Doctoral Program. We are in the process of applying for candidacy to transition from our entry-level MSOT to an entry-level OTD over the next few years. Our profession is one of the most highly rated professions nation-wide, so it is a good time to become an occupational therapist. We are also committed to being part of the development of evidence to support practice through research and pride ourselves on producing scholars in occupational therapy research. All of our students, including entry-level students, are well equipped to be critical users of available information to inform their practice.
The vibrant intellectual atmosphere of our department is coupled with numerous hands-on experiences let by our faculty and staff. This currently includes opportunities to work in a Pro Bono Clinic with adult clients, work with individuals with Parkinson’s on glass blowing, Tango dancing and other creative occupations in order to maintain function, consult on more sensory friendly settings in public spaces such as emergency rooms and a local Children’s museum, explore the use of video games with children with Autism, measure ways to decrease caregiver stress, and so much more.
We are proud to have such an extensive network of Friends, Colleagues, Students, and Alumni. Over the years, our department has received generous donations from many individuals who have been part of our department. This funding supports scholarships, travel and research projects. Like other departments at the university, we ask our friends and alumni to consider joining in our efforts and to participate by making donations to the department. All contributions at all levels are incredibly important. We are so grateful for the partnership with all of you in so many ways and look forward to continuing in our proud tradition of excellence in Occupational Therapy education!
Sharon Gartland OTD, OTR/L
Program Director and Clinical Professor