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Occupational Therapy Programs in Maryland

Occupational therapy students furthering their educations in the state of Maryland have numerous historical sites to visit in their spare time. One of the most popular of these historic markers is the Fort McHenry National Monument.

Fort McHenry came to fame during the war of 1812 when it took fire from a British fleet, and managed to withstand the attack. It was this military skirmish that motivated Francis Scott Key to pen "The Star-Spangled Banner." The fort was built during the period from 1794-1805 and restored in 1933. It was following this restoration that the fort became known as Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine. It is a must-see for students of history and military enthusiasts. Maryland played a vital role in several battles during The Civil War., and was occupied by Union troops throughout the fighting. These battle fields are marked and still draw visitors in large numbers.

One of the state's jewels is Baltimore, the largest city in Maryland. Baltimore, which was founded as a town in 1729 and is sometimes called "Charm City," is in the northern part of the state. An interesting fact about the city is that it does not fall within any county. One of the reasons the city thrived originally is its harbor, which was convenient and conducive to transportation of people and goods. The harbor area is also a popular destination for tourists. Other attractions in the city are the science center, Babe Ruth Museum, Pimlico Race Course, the National Aquarium and Camden Yards, home of the Major League baseball team, the Orioles.

Occupational therapy students will possibly at some point find themselves in one of the city's top hospitals, maybe Johns Hopkins Hospital or University of Maryland Hospital. Actually Johns Hopkins, which owes its existence to philanthropist Johns Hopkins, is one of the top facilities in the country.

Towson University, which is less than 10 miles from Baltimore, offers several occupational therapy programs. The school has a student population slightly over 21,000 and is the second largest university in Maryland. Through its College of Health Professionals' Department of Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science, the university offers a combination of bachelor's and master's and doctoral degrees. Whatever educational level a person seeks in the field of occupational therapy should be possible through Towson.

Occupational therapy students at Towson University can earn a combined B.S. and M.S. degree. Graduates with this degree take courses such as kinesiology, occupational therapy for pediatrics and research methods. Graduates have all they need take the licensing examination and become professional therapists.

The school's master's degree in occupational therapy program is open to post professionals and students not yet certified. The purpose of the program is to train students to become researchers and to work in administration.

The combined Master of Science to Doctor of Science degree prepares students to do research and enter the workforce in leadership positions. Then the Doctor of Science degree is designed so that graduates are ready to devise health systems and use research to expand occupational therapy theories.