Cultivation of occupational therapist with international profession and humanity

The First 4-Year Occupational Therapy Department in Busan!

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In the 21st century, the demand for physical and mental rehabilitation treatment is on the rise due to unforeseen accidents like industrial and traffic incidents, a surge in chronic diseases such as diabetes, stroke, dementia, and cancer, and the rapid increase in the elderly population. Furthermore, with the implementation of the long-term care insurance system for the elderly, there's a growing number of elderly care and welfare facilities, expanding the role of occupational therapists in the community. Occupational therapy is a medical specialty providing rehabilitation treatment to individuals with physical and mental disabilities. Consequently, the Department of Occupational Therapy at Dongseo University was established in 2011 as the first four-year university in Busan, with the goal of training professional occupational therapists who practice Christian love in the Busan community.

Upon graduation, students from the Department of Occupational Therapy obtain an occupational therapist or medical technician license from the Ministry of Health and Welfare through the national examination. Post-graduation employment opportunities include hospitals, welfare centers, rehabilitation centers, vocational training schools for the disabled, special schools, the Employment Promotion Agency for the Disabled, and public health offices. Additionally, graduates can pursue advanced studies at medical graduate schools or work at medical institutions overseas by obtaining an international license.

The outlook for occupational therapists is highly promising, recognized as one of the 'Top 20 Growth Occupations' in the Korea Occupational Outlook Report recently released by the Ministry of Labor. In response to this reality, the Department of Occupational Therapy at Dongseo University is dedicated to cultivating the best talent capable of contributing to the development of the national and community healthcare field.


major goals


1. Training practical and compassionate occupational therapy professionals grounded in the Christian spirit.

2. Nurturing professionals for medical institutions by strengthening foundational medical knowledge and clinical practice education.

3. Developing individuals with exceptional skills who can significantly contribute to the advancement of rehabilitation treatment through the incorporation of advanced technology.

4. Preparing future-ready professionals through overseas placements and training at sister universities abroad, emphasizing major English education to align with the global landscape