In 1944 students interested in becoming occupational therapists were enrolled in the Art Department with a major in occupational therapy. Mrs. Fanny Bowles Vanderkooi, OTR, who had been a Reconstruction Aide as occupational therapists were called during World War I, was the only instructor. Later, two additional faculty members were added. Medical lectures were provided by physicians at Southwestern Medical School at the Parkland center in Dallas.
1947 marked the accreditation of the curriculum of occupational therapy as acceptable for training occupational therapists by the Council on Medical Education and Hospitals of the American Medical Association and the American Occupational Therapy Association.
The School of Occupational Therapy today boasts annual enrollment of over 400 students in its Master of Occupational Therapy and PhD in Occupational Therapy programs. These programs are offered in four locations, Denton, Dallas, Houston and online.
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