Occupational Therapist at a Glance

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Best States for Occupational Therapist

in 2011
Annual Salary
Hourly Pay
Massachusetts 4,860 $74,450 $36
Colorado 2,570 $75,680 $36
Maine 980 $66,370 $32

Becoming an Occupational Therapist

Occupational therapists must hold a master's degree in occupational therapy and be licensed. Most occupational therapy programs require a bachelor's degree with specific coursework and previous experience volunteering or working in an occupational therapy setting. Some schools offer dual bachelor's and master's degree programs that can be completed in five years.

Most master's programs in occupational therapy require students complete a period of supervised fieldwork. Some schools offer 100% online master's degree programs in occupational therapy to practicing occupational therapists, including occupational therapists certified at the baccalaureate level. sampling of classes you may take in a occupational therapy program, drawn from course listings for Howard University's master's of science in occupational therapy program, include the following:

  • Musculoskeletal Anatomy
  • Clinical Kinesiology
  • Human Performance and Movement Analysis
  • Interventions in Physical Dysfunctions

Occupational therapists must be certified and state-licensed. To become licensed, they must earn an accredited degree and pass the National Board for Certification of Occupational Therapists (NBCOT) exam. They also need to take continuing education classes to remain certified.