Objectives. The shortage of occupational therapists prompted the faculty of the program in occupational therapy at the University of Minnesota to develop a reentry (refresher) course.
Method. A questionnaire sent to all enrolled in the 2-week refresher course during a 5-year period revealed that three intended groups of therapists have benefited: those reentering practice, those considering a change to another area of specialty, and those updating their educational background.
Results. Respondents indicated that the course increased self-confidence, theoretical knowledge base, and ability to apply theory to practice.
Conclusion. Both reentering therapists and those changing specialty areas of practice reported positive employment outcomes.