Student Opportunities and Services

Get ready to exercise your skills

At the heart of what we do: Service.

Service to the community, underserved people and our profession.

Explore how you can get involved.

Join a student club

Make new friends, build your network and improve the world around you.

Occupational therapy students having fun in lab room.
Interested in becoming an occupational therapy student? Preview your options and get an inside like at Missouri State’s program.
Student Occupational Therapy Association members at community event.
For current occupational therapy students at Missouri State. Serve the Springfield community and raise awareness of the profession.

Try your hand at experiential learning

Occupational therapy student watching child cast his reel at C.A.S.T. for Kids fishing event.

Your education goes beyond the classroom and lab.

Through our strong community ties, you can take an active role with a wide range of people.

Community partnerships and service learning

Community involvement is a cornerstone of our program.

Active community partnerships include:

  • C.A.S.T for Kids: Occupational therapy for children with developmental disabilities through outdoor activities like fishing.
  • MSU Adapted Swim Program: Teaching children with autism how to stay safe around water.
  • Neonatal intensive care units (NICU): Job shadowing and research with infants and families at local hospitals.
  • O’Reilly Center for Hope: Occupational therapy for people experiencing homelessness.
  • Rural health: Working with Amish clients for program development, health and wellness promotion, and therapy service expansion.

Other partnerships

Access the tools for success

Use free resources around campus to aid your academic journey.

Find more help through our Guide to Services.