History

West Virginia University (WVU), founded in 1867, is located in Morgantown, West Virginia. It is the state’s flagship university, as well as an historical Land Grant University.

Prior to 1995, West Virginia was one of the few states without an occupational therapy program (OT or OTA). In June, 1995 a program chair was hired, and in August, 1995 two additional faculty were recruited to develop an implementation team. The Program was awarded Developing Program Status in April 1996. It admitted its first class of 20 students in September 1996. The OT Program at WVU was granted Accreditation status by the American Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education in October 1998.

Currently, the WVU Occupational Therapy Program remains the only Occupational Therapy Program in the State of West Virginia. The WVU OT Program has graduated 17 classes of students totaling over 500 graduates, with class size ranging from its original class of 20 students to the most recently accepted class of 40 students.

The WVU OT Program has helped develop and promote expansion of the profession of Occupational Therapy in West Virginia. Its faculty members are recognized for their expertise across the state, nationally, and internationally. The Division of Occupational Therapy currently maintains a faculty size of ten licensed occupational therapists.