A Message from our Program Director
Occupational Therapy is a holistic health care profession.
Whether in a familiar clinical setting, or as part of an emerging practice area, today's occupational therapist can look forward to a remarkable new world of professional opportunities.
At West Coast University, we take our cue from the Centennial Vision Statement of our governing body – the American Occupational Therapy Association:
"We envision that occupational therapy is a powerful, widely recognized, science-driven and evidence-based profession with a globally connected and diverse workforce meeting society's occupational needs."
We believe West Coast University is the ideal place for aspiring occupational therapists to learn how to bring this vision alive in their class work and their practices. Inspired by a century-long tradition of excellence, the University's vision is to be recognized as an institution offering contemporary occupational therapy education that meets the healthcare needs of a culturally, ethnically, socially and geographically diverse patient/client population.
We take our student-centric approach to heart, knowing this is essential to professional success. And we pledge to continuously discover more effective and innovative learning methods designed to help students gain the many skills required in a complex, everchanging world.
Dr. Nicolaas van den Heever, OTR/L
Founding Dean & Program Director