Definition of Occupation Therapy

Occupational therapy is a profession concerned with promoting health and well being through occupation. The primary goal of occupational therapy is to enable people to participate in the activities of everyday life. Occupational therapists achieve this outcome by enabling people to do things that will enhance their ability to participate or by modifying the environment to better support participation.

Mission Statement and Educational Objectives

The Department of Occupational Therapy aims to train professional and qualified occupational therapists. Our educational objectives include the following: Training professional, enthusiastic, and highly committed occupational therapists. Cultivating various divisions of occupational therapy, such as recreational therapy, research, and the investigation and design of assistive devices.


The need for occupational therapy (OT) has increased recently to meet the demands posed by the increasing numbers of the elderly, patients with mental disorders, premature infants, and high-risk newborns. To meet the need for more well-trained professional therapists, the former Chair of the College of Medicine of FJU, Sister Mary Ann, organized the OT department and applied to the Ministry of Education for authorization. Once that authorization was granted, the Department of Occupational Therapy was founded in 2004, and enrollment began in the same year.

Department Features

During the four-year program, students are expected to specialize in a subfield of OT, such as recreational therapy, research, or the investigation and design of assistive devices. This narrower focus creates graduates who are highly qualified and efficient in their fields. The FJU Department of Occupational Therapy is the first department of occupational therapy in Taiwan to hold the White Coat Ceremony, which promotes responsibility and maturity in fourth year students during their internships. The percentage of graduates who pass the Professional and Technical Special Examination for Occupational Therapists of the R.O.C. is among the highest in Taiwan. Graduates of the OT department of FJU perform well in their field. Despite the short history of the department, our graduates are widely praised. Our graduates go on to work for reputable hospitals and medical centers, such as Shin Kong Hospital, Tzu Chi Hospital, Shuang Ho Hospital, and Wan Fan Hospital. Many of our graduates pursue advanced study at renowned graduate schools such as National Taiwan University, Chang Gung University, National Yang-Ming University, and New York University. The OT department was awarded International Course Certification by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists in 2012 , connecting it to an international network of occupational therapists.

Core Abilities of the Occupational Therapy Department

Our core abilities include 6 items of professional occupational therapy knowledge and skills.

  • Medical Science (life science, medicine, treatment, and counseling)
  • Social Science (psychology, social science, and anthropology)
  • Attitude (active listening and autonomous learning)
  • Service (collaboration, interpersonal awareness, social insights, and service-oriented care)
  • Problem-solving abilities
  • Creativity
  • Core Course of Professional Abilities

    Core Curriculum, Psychosocial OT, Physical OT, and Pediatric OT The core curriculum includes courses such as Anatomy and Physiology, General Psychology, Introduction to Occupational Therapy, Therapeutic Activity Analysis and Practice, OT Administration and Management, OT Assessment and Practice, Human Development, Laws Related to OT, and Therapeutic Skills of OT (I) and (II). The psychosocial OT program offers courses such as Psychiatry, OT for Psychosocial Disorders, Psychosocial OT, and Fieldwork Practice in OT for Psychosocial Disorders. The physical OT program offers courses such as OT for Physical Disorders, and Orthosis and Prosthesis: Theory and Practice. The pediatric OT program offers courses in pediatric diseases, sensory integration, developmental disorders, and clinical practice, among others.

    Subdivisions of OT

    Recreational therapy, Research, and the Investigation and Design of Assistive Devices and Assessment The Recreational Therapy program offers courses such as Introduction to Music Therapy, Music Therapy and Mental Health, Play and Design, and Cognition and Play. The Independent Research program offers courses such as Research Methods, Biostatistics, Independent Study, and Seminar in OT. The Investigation and Design of Assistive Devices and Assessment program offers courses such as Introduction to Assistive Technology, Assistive Technology, Human Factor Engineering, Assistive Devices: Design and Service, and Job Accommodation .

    Prospects after graduation:

    Pursuit of further studies: Our graduates apply to graduate schools to further their studies in OT, biomedical engineering, assistive devices, neuroscience, physiology, psychology, health care management, clinical medicine, and sports-related research.

    Career perspective:

    Current state of the field: Taiwan has a great need for professional occupational therapists. Starting salaries of graduates in OT are higher than those of the graduates of other departments. Types of jobs:

    After students pass the Professional and Technical Special Examination for Occupational Therapists of the R.O.C., they are qualified to work in hospitals, clinics, schools, psychiatric clinics, retirement centers, vocational training centers, and assistive technology centers, or they can found their own rehabilitation clinics.

    Working abroad

    The Occupational Therapy Department at FJU was awarded International Course Certification by the WFOT, so our graduates are qualified to work overseas.


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