Occupational Therapist Education Requirements
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Most occupational therapists enter the occupation with a master’s degree in occupational therapy. A small number of programs offer doctoral degrees in occupational therapy. Admission to occupational therapy programs generally requires a bachelor’s degree and specific coursework, including biology and physiology. Many programs also require applicants to have volunteered or worked in an occupational therapy setting.
Master’s programs generally take two years to complete; doctoral programs take longer. Some schools offer a dual degree program in which the student earns a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in five years. Part-time programs that offer courses on nights and weekends are also available. Both master’s and doctoral programs require several months of supervised fieldwork in which prospective occupational therapists gain real-world experience.
Education History of Occupational Therapists
The most common degree held by occupational therapists is Biology. 5 percent of occupational therapists had a degree in biology before becoming occupational therapists. That is over 2 times the average across all careers. Miscellaneous Health Medical Professions graduates are the second most common among occupational therapists, representing 5 percent of occupational therapists in the Sokanu user base, which is 38.4 times the average.
Occupational Therapist Education History
This table shows which degrees people earn before becoming an Occupational Therapist, compared to how often those degrees are obtained by people who earn at least one post secondary degree.
|Degree||% of occupational therapists||% of population||Multiple|
|Miscellaneous Health Medical Professions||4.8%||0.1%||38.4×|
Occupational Therapist Education Levels
|High school diploma||0%|
How to Become an Occupational Therapist
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Dawn Career Institute Inc | Wilmington, DEOffers: Certificate
Delaware Technical Community College-Terry | Dover, DEOffers: Certificate, Associates
Delaware Technical Community College-Stanton/Wilmington | Wilmington, DEOffers: Certificate, Associates
Delaware State University | Dover, DEOffers: Bachelors
University of Delaware | Newark, DEOffers: Bachelors
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How To Obtain Your Occupational Therapy Degree
In terms of educational requirements, occupational therapists must have at least a master’s degree. Their degree field must be in occupational therapy and they will need a state license to practice.
How To Become An Occupational Therapist
Occupational therapists need at least a master’s degree in occupational therapy; some therapists have a doctoral degree. Occupational therapists also must be licensed or registered.
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