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Occupational Therapy

Career Overview:

  • Occupational therapists help people with disabilities, injuries, and illnesses improve or recover their ability to perform everyday activities.
  • Occupational therapy practitioners have a holistic perspective, in which the focus is on adapting the environment to fit the person, and the person is an integral part of the therapy team.
  • They may develop interventions that help a disabled child participate in school and social situations, help the elderly lead more active and independent lives, and make recommendations on how a person's home can be improved to better suit their health needs.

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Occupational Therapy School Requirements:

Dr.O.T. Requirements:

  • A GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 grading scale.
  • Obtained a Master’s Degree or 30 graduate credits.
  • International applicants also much take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and obtain a score of 550 or higher for written a 213 or higher for the computer-based test.
  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals who can evaluate the applicant’s potential for doctoral study (from an academic advisor, professor, supervisor, or health care professional.) One letter must be from an occupational therapist.
  • Completed application form along with a $50, nonrefundable application fee.
  • Confirmation of initial certification, or eligibility for certification, by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy. Candidates without this certification may complete all the required courses to take the national certification examination and take the exam within one year of beginning of program. International students must present their country of residence’s equivalent documentation.

M.O.T. Requirements:

  • Completed a minimum of 40 volunteer hours with at least two different OP populations.
  • Completed an undergraduate degree at a college or university with a GPA or 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale for at last two years of undergraduate study.
  • Submit GRE scores that are less than five years old for all three areas of general test with quantitative score of 141, verbal score of 143, and analytic writing score of 3.5.
  • Submit Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCA) at org
  • Completed application form along with a $50, nonrefundable application fee.

Ph.D. Requirements:

  • A GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 grading scale.
  • Completed the graduate-level research method course.
  • Completed the introductory statistics course.
  • Obtained a Master Degree from an accredited college or university.
  • International applicants must also take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and obtain a score of 550 or higher for written a 213 or higher for the computer-based test
  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals who can evaluate the applicant’s potential for doctoral study (from an academic advisor, professor, supervisor, or health care professional). One letter must be from an occupational therapist.
  • Completed application form along with a $50, nonrefundable application fee.
  • Certification in Occupational Therapy: Candidates without this certification may complete all the required courses to take the national certification examination and take the exam within one year of beginning the program. International students must present their country of residence’s equivalent documentation.

Occupational Therapy Programs:

  • Doctor of Occupational Therapy (Dr.O.T.) Advanced Practice Doctorate
  • Doctor of Occupational Therapy (O.T.D.)
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Occupational Therapy (P.h.D.)
  • Master of Occupational Therapy (M.O.T.)
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