National Occupational Therapy Month on April, 2020: I would like to hear from a COTA - Certified Occupational Therapist?
April, 2020 is National Occupational Therapy Month 2020. April 2012 Community News Occupational therapy is a
Currently, a bachelor�s degree in occupational therapy is the minimum requirement for entry into the field. Beginning in 2007, however, a master�s degree or higher will be the minimum educational requirement. As a result, students in bachelor�s-level programs must complete their coursework and fieldwork before 2007. All States, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the District of Columbia regulate the practice of occupational therapy. To obtain a license, applicants must graduate from an accredited educational program and pass a national certification examination. Those who pass the exam are awarded the title �Occupational Therapist Registered (OTR).� Some States have additional requirements for therapists who work in schools or early intervention programs. These requirements may include education-related classes, an education practice certificate, or early intervention certification requirements.
In 2005, 122 master�s degree programs offered entry-level education, 65 programs offered a combined bachelor�s and master�s degree, and 5 offered an entry-level doctoral degree. Most schools have full-time programs, although a growing number are offering weekend or part-time programs as well. Bachelor�s degree programs in occupational therapy are no longer offered because of the requirement for a master�s degree or higher beginning in 2007. In addition, post baccalaureate certificate programs for students with a degree other than occupational therapy are no longer offered.
Occupational therapy coursework includes the physical, biological, and behavioral sciences and the application of occupational therapy theory and skills. The completion of 6 months of supervised fieldwork also is required.
Persons considering this profession should take high school courses in biology, chemistry, physics, health, art, and the social sciences. College admissions offices also look favorably at paid or volunteer experience in the health care field. Relevant undergraduate majors include biology, psychology, sociology, anthropology, liberal arts, and anatomy.
Occupational therapists need patience and strong interpersonal skills to inspire trust and respect in their clients. Patience is necessary because many clients may not show rapid improvement. Ingenuity and imagination in adapting activities to individual needs are assets. Those working in home health care services must be able to adapt to a variety of settings.
For more information on occupational therapy as a career, contact: American Occupational Therapy Association, 4720 Montgomery Lane, Bethesda, MD 20824-1220. Internet:
For information regarding the requirements to practice as an occupational therapist in schools, contact the appropriate occupational therapy regulatory agency for your State.
U.S. citizen studying Occupational Therapy in UK - US National Exam Eligibility?
I must say it is pretty hard for students abroad to be accepted to study a course in the UK. however, since you are doing master's i don't see what the problem is, and your course is also from a very developed country. UK universities are likely to accept this however you may be asked to take an exam. the best you can do is to contact the admission offices -best to do it by phone.
the eligibility criteria always changes so be aware-you can apply whenever you want and can ask them when you can start that way you shouldn't have a problem.
Does it matter what kind of school you go to for Occupational therapy?
Hey, i start my OT program next month. It's a private school, but honestly, it doesn't really matter what school you go to because every student has to pass the same national exam as all other students. As long as the school is accredited, then it shouldn't matter. Sure, some schools are more popular than others, but that's the same for any program. While I was volunteering at a certain hospital, there was an OT who graduated from a public state college and he told me he gets paid the same as the other OTs he works with who graduated from private schools. I got accepted to a private school and I chose that because of the enviornment and the small teacher to student ratio. No matter what u choose, even if it's an expensive school, you'll be making enough $$ as an OT to pay it off and not feel broke lol.