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There is a paucity of literature on the role of OT for veterans in transition to school, and the literature that is available has not been systematically reviewed. This makes it difficult for OT practitioners to address the needs of veterans in transition from military service to school.

This scoping review was conducted to answer the question, “What is currently being done to address the transition of veterans from military service to academia and are within the scope of practice of occupational therapy?” An in-depth search of the literature was completed, and it was confirmed that there is no literature focused on OT working with student veterans.

This scoping review revealed that OT has a role on college campuses that involved advocating for student veterans and their unique needs, educating staff on challenges and solutions to transition, assessing challenges to transition to the student role, and advise on the development of skills, habits and routines that support the student role. By having OT practitioners involved on campus, student veterans can obtain optimal success throughout this transition.

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University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences

Medical Subject Headings

Veterans, Military Personnel, Students, Occupational Therapy, Review


Higher Education | Military and Veterans Studies | Occupational Therapy | Student Counseling and Personnel Services


Poster presented at the Spring 2021 Virtual OTD Capstone Symposium at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences on April 15, 2021.

Defining a Role for Occupational Therapy in the Transition from the Military to Academia: A Scoping Review