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Awards / Honors

CSU's OT program earns top ranking

November 8, 2013

Current and former students have spoken: CSU's Department of Occupational Therapy is the best in the country.

CSU's Department of Occupational Therapy received top marks from current, former students.The latest rankings by were recently released, and CSU beat out schools like Washington University in St. Louis (No. 2 ), Ohio State (8), Boston University (10), New York University (17) and the University of Southern California (18) for the top spot.

“This graduate school ranking by current students and recent graduates is tremendously gratifying,” said department chair Wendy Wood. “When I looked at the criteria upon which the ranking was based, I was so proud that our program earned high marks on the qualifications of our professors, the relevance and challenge of our courses, and the cooperative learning that characterizes our classrooms. That overall satisfaction with their education was also rated highly by those we strive to inspire and launch on meaningful careers was also a great tribute to the excellence of our faculty and staff.”

Highly regarded program

The professional program in the Department of Occupational Therapy – part of the College of Health and Human Sciences – long has been recognized as one of the nation’s best. U.S. News and World Report ranks the program No. 6 in the country in its 2014 survey.

The ranking is unique because it is based on student satisfaction. Rankings cover a period from Sept. 1, 2012 to Sept. 30, 2013, and are based on surveys of current and former students covering areas such as academic competitiveness, career support, financial aid, and quality of network.

Students speak

“It is not surprising to me that the occupational therapy program at CSU was ranked highest in the country by its alumni due to the diligence and rigor of the curriculum coupled with its supporting culture and opportunities to supplement education,” said Ashley Pinkelman, in her first year in the graduate OT program. “Coming into this program, I knew I would be challenged, being one among a diverse group of high-achieving individuals.

“I have been pleased to find the teaching philosophy offered by knowledgeable and distinguished faculty not only promotes students to challenge themselves, is collaborative in spirit. Furthermore, the OT department is unique in supplementing knowledge through various fieldwork opportunities, research projects and resources such as the Assistive Technology Resource Center (ATRC) and Center for Community Partnerships (CCP). I am proud to be part of such a highly esteemed program."