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Earning Your Bachelor’s Degree
Your first step in becoming certified to practice Occupational Therapy is to get your Bachelor’s degree. There are a few different choices for majors that will assist in becoming a certified occupational therapist. Some of these choices include anthropology, sociology, and psychology. You can choose a school that offers accelerated programs or even dual-degrees if possible. If you chose the right path you could obtain both your bachelor’s and master’s within only 5 years.
Earning Your Master’s
It takes roughly two years for a student to complete their Master’s degree after obtaining their Bachelor’s. Generally potential occupational therapists will spend their year earning their Master’s degree learning about anatomy, patient care, and assistive technology in their field and social/medical conditions. During this time fieldwork is essential. This fieldwork can take place in nursing homes, rehab centers, schools or even private practices. It usually takes about 24 weeks on average to complete these field experiences.
Getting Your License
After receiving your degrees it’s time for the final third step in becoming certified to practice occupational therapy: becoming licensed in your state. These state licenses are a strict requirement. In order to receive this license you must have:
- * Graduated from an accredited occupational therapy program
- * Have complete necessary fieldwork
- * Passed the NBCOT exam