Occupational therapists (OTs) propose activities and therapies to obtain maximum independence for individuals who have mental, physical, emotional, or developmental problems. They help patients learn how to perform single daily living skills and to develop work skills. Occupational therapists assess, treat, adapt, educate and often implement the use of assistive technology as well as prosthetic devices. Occupational therapists work in clinics, hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, extended care facilities, schools, and the patient’s home.
– Ted Johnson, Finding Your Way to a Career in the Health Professions
Undergraduate requirements (varies by program):
|Biology (1 course)||BIO 150|
|Human anatomy and physiology (2 courses)||BIO 143, BIO 243|
|Medical terminology (1 course)||BIO 291|
|General psychology (1 course)||PSYCH 125|
|Developmental psychology (1 course)||PSYCH 241|
|Abnormal psychology (1 course)||PSYCH 247|
|Statistics (1 course)||STATS 110 or STATS 212|
Be sure to check the admission requirements for the specific programs you will be applying to!
Applicants must have 20 or more hours of contact or observation in occupational therapy. Observation in a variety of settings is beneficial. Most programs require one letter of recommendation from a professional within the field with whom you have undertaken substantial clinical observation.
CPR certification is often required.
Graduate Record Examination (GRE) – required at some schools
OTCAS – Costs $125 for the first school and $45 for each additional school.
Occupational therapy programs are two and a half years with coursework and clinical experience.