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Research Article  |   January 1985
Characteristics of Students in Occupational Therapy Educational Programs
Author Affiliations
  • M. Jeanne Madigan, EdD, OTR, FAOTA, is Professor and Chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA 23298
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Research Article   |   January 1985
Characteristics of Students in Occupational Therapy Educational Programs
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, January 1985, Vol. 39, 41-48. doi:10.5014/ajot.39.1.41
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, January 1985, Vol. 39, 41-48. doi:10.5014/ajot.39.1.41
Abstract

This study used data from self-administered questionnaires to compare technical- and professional-level students from four occupational therapy educational programs in Illinois. Examination of the similarities and differences in biographic characteristics indicate that registered occupational therapy and certified occupational therapy assistant students come from different backgrounds. The reasons why students chose their levels of education, and the amount and character of contact with occupational therapy that they had prior to entering the program provide useful information for counselors, recruiters, and designers of informational materials. The students’ intended roles, desired career goals, and work values furnish suggestions for curriculum developers.