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Education

Occupational Therapist Education Requirements

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 Miscellaneous Health Medical Professions. 8 percent of occupational therapists had a degree in miscellaneous health medical professions before becoming occupational therapists. That is over 90 times the average across all careers.

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 8.3%
0.1%
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Occupational Therapist Education Levels

76% of occupational therapists have a master's degree. 19% of occupational therapists have a bachelor's degree.

No education 0%
High school diploma 0%
Associate's degree 0%
Bachelor's degree 19%
Master's degree 76%
Doctorate degree 5%

How to Become an Occupational Therapist

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  2. Get the Education

    • Dawn Career Institute Inc | Wilmington, DE
      Offers: Certificate
    • Delaware Technical Community College-Terry | Dover, DE
      Offers: Certificate, Associates
    • Delaware Technical Community College-Stanton/Wilmington | Wilmington, DE
      Offers: Certificate, Associates
    • Delaware State University | Dover, DE
      Offers: Bachelors
    • University of Delaware | Newark, DE
      Offers: Bachelors
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Further Reading

  • How To Obtain Your Occupational Therapy Degree www.otplan.com

    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 www.bls.gov

    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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Recommended Books

  • Trail Guide To The Body www.amazon.com

    Trail Guide to the Body is the most effective and engaging way to master palpation and musculoskeletal anatomy. Now, the new 4th Edition offers even more — new illustrations, practical tips, more kinesiology and a complimentary DVD that brings palpation to life.

  • Occupational Therapy: What It Is and How It Works www.amazon.com

    Interested in learning more about occupational therapy? This highly approachable, general information book defines and describes the scope and universe of occupational therapy practice in a readable, enjoyable way. It addresses the history and evolution of the occupational therapy profession, as well as the changing roles of the occupational therapist (OT) and occupational therapist assistant (OTA) in the health care environment.

  • Clinical and Professional Reasoning in Occupational Therapy www.amazon.com

    This comprehensive textbook lets readers develop the strong theoretical and practical foundation needed for effective decision-making in occupational therapy. Emphasis on both clinical and professional reasoning gives readers the skills needed to make informed decisions as practitioners, managers, and educators.

  • The Intentional Relationship: Occupational Therapy and Use of Self www.amazon.com

    This groundbreaking new book addresses a critical aspect of the occupational therapy practice-the art and science of building effective, fulfilling relationships with clients. A distinguished clinician and educator, Renee Taylor, PhD, uses a new conceptual practice model, the Intentional Relationship Model, to define how the client and the therapist each contribute to the unique interpersonal dynamic that becomes the therapeutic relationship.

  • Occupational Therapy for Physical Dysfunction www.amazon.com

    Featuring engaging and practical coverage, the Seventh Edition includes the latest research in the field, new activity analysis case examples, new photos, new online videos, and a streamlined organization that includes 45 chapters in the print textbook with three additional chapters posted online.

  • Willard and Spackman's Occupational Therapy www.amazon.com

    This market leading text provides the most comprehensive and current presentation of occupational therapy concepts and practice. The 12th edition of this classic text invites students with a fresh, four-color design and new photos and illustrations, as well as the fully updated text.

How to Become an Occupational Therapist

Interested in becoming an occupational therapist? Here are your next steps.

  1. Take the Sokanu Career Test

    Would you make a good occupational therapist? Sokanu's free assessment reveals how compatible you are with a career across 5 dimensions!

    Take the free career test
  2. Get the Education

    • Dawn Career Institute Inc | Wilmington, DE
      Offers: Certificate
    • Delaware Technical Community College-Terry | Dover, DE
      Offers: Certificate, Associates
    • Delaware Technical Community College-Stanton/Wilmington | Wilmington, DE
      Offers: Certificate, Associates
    • Delaware State University | Dover, DE
      Offers: Bachelors
    • University of Delaware | Newark, DE
      Offers: Bachelors
  3. Get Hired

      Loading jobs...

    View all jobs →

    Would you like to post jobs on this career? Find the best candidates using Sokanu's new psychometric job platform. Visit employers.sokanu.com today.