To get onto a full-time occupational therapy degree course you usually need two or three A levels, along with five GCSEs (grades A-C), including English language, maths and science . You may also be able to get onto a course with alternative qualifications, including: BTEC, HND or HNC which includes biological science .
The domain of occupational therapy is the everyday life activities (occupations) that people find meaningful and purposeful. Within this domain, occupational therapy services enable clients to participate in their everyday life activities in their desired roles, contexts and environments, and life situations.
First, getting into an OT program is difficult . Competition is fierce, and most who apply for such programs do not get into them the first time they apply. While there are over 300 OT and OTA programs in the United States, only an average of 15–20 students are chosen for each program.
80,150 USD (2015)
OTA is a dying field . There are NO jobs. If you love OT and have some flexibility about getting a job maybe go ahead. If you need to be able to support yourself or a family, I would look at other fields.
The national average annual wage of an occupational therapist is $86,210, according to the latest data from the BLS. Below is a list of the top-10 highest- paying states for occupational therapists : Nevada average occupational therapist salary : $105,450. California average occupational therapist salary : $98,450.
Working in the occupational therapy field can be one of the most rewarding careers out there. You are constantly helping your patients improve their lives. While I am extremely satisfied with my OT career , occupational therapy is no exception.
As part of the health sector, OT is a profession in demand and likely to experience employment growth. Health care and social assistance is projected to have the strongest employment growth of any industry over the five years to May 2022.
Heather: Physiotherapy is more prescriptive, more medical, whereas occupational therapy has a narrative to it – what a person thinks and feels are just as important as the medical presentation during the assessment process. OT treatment often involves utilising meaningful activities rather than exercise.
Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) Degree – Entry-level or direct-entry OTD programs prepare graduates with bachelor’s degrees in other fields for entry into the profession of occupational therapy . Most programs can be completed in three years.
Biology . Some may argue that biology (or chemistry or physics) is the best undergrad major for occupational therapy. These science courses will be some of the most challenging in your college career and will prepare you for the academic rigors of OT school such as anatomy and neuroscience.
OT and PT school are definitely not easier than nursing . Different subject matter in some regards, but not an easy route, especially considering that OT /PT school are graduate level degrees and nursing is only a Bachelors. Graduate programs, as mentioned, are more strict regarding grades.
Historically, PT programs have been more difficult to get into than OT , but in the past few years the number of applicants to OT programs have literally grown exponentially.
Occupational therapy school is SO competitive , since many applicants are applying as soon as they can as opposed to when the supposed deadline is. For example, say the programs you’re looking at have deadlines in December, but they start accepting applications in August.