Occupational Therapy

An occupational therapist is a rehabilitation therapist who specializes in helping those with physical disabilities do everyday tasks, ultimately increasing their well-being in life. For instance, an occupational therapist (OT) might help an amputee learn how to navigate around their home or workplace again. Additionally, they might develop techniques for a child with behavioral issues get along better in school.

Please note: This is an informational page for current SPU students and does not represent a program that SPU offers.

Admission to occupational therapy schools requires a bachelor’s degree with a background in biology and human physiology. Volunteer work in an OT clinic is also recommended. The programs usually combine classroom with field work to properly prepare students to be competent occupational therapists. After graduating, National Board for Certification of Occupational Therapy exam must be taken before applying for a license.

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Education

There are both OT Doctoral-Level Programs and Master’s-Level Programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). Programs are 2 to 3 years.

Admissions

Prerequisites vary depending on the school, but in general the following are required for consideration:

  • Completion of the following course work:
    • A&P w/lab, Abnormal Psychology, Sociology, Physics, Psychology of Human Growth & Development, Statistics
  • General Record Exam
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Shadowing Experiences

Standardized Tests

After completing an OT program, occupational therapists must pass the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy.

Content provided by PPHS students Becca Gorrie and Emma Honeyman