• Occupational Therapy

    Occupational therapists work with people across their lifespans to engage in everyday activities. OTs work in health care settings, schools, community centers, businesses, and homes, helping people with disabilities, injuries, and mental health issues rehabilitate and achieve independence. They also play key roles in creating safer and more accessible workplaces and homes, help children with disabilities fully engage in school and social situations, and promote health and wellness.

    Prerequisite Coursework

    It is essential to confirm with any program the course requirements for admittance. General requirements typically include physics; anatomy and physiology; statistics; abnormal psychology; sociology/cultural anthropology, and lifespan development.

    OT observation experience requirements vary by program, with some schools recommending shadowing while other requiring a range from 10-30 hours.

    Relevant Tests

    The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test is required by most programs.

    Degree Programs

    A variety of schools offer both Master’s degrees as well as doctorate programs (OTD/DrOT--Doctorate of Occupational Therapy). Both require a bachelor’s degree with the required coursework, and last 2-3 years. Both degrees allow OTs to enter practice.

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