Is OT school hard to get into?

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.

What qualifications do I need to be an occupational therapist?

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.

Is it hard to find a job as an occupational therapist?

Occupational therapists are versatile and can work in so many different settings, and the jobs are out there. However, as a new occupational therapy grad, you may have found that finding an OT job is harder than you thought. OTs are usually in high demand depending on the city’s job market.

What else can I do with an occupational therapy degree?

Alternative Career Paths for Occupational Therapists

  • Business Owner/OT Entrepreneur.
  • Home Modification Specialist.
  • Medical Equipment Sales.
  • Medical Freelance Writer.
  • Case Manager.
  • Assistive Technology Professional.
  • Educator.
  • Healthcare Administrator.

What do you do if you don’t get into OT school?

What To Do If You Didn’t Get Into OT School

  1. It’s okay to be upset.
  2. Many people get into OT school on the second (even third) application process.
  3. Look at your application and find room for improvement.
  4. Take the next year to really beef up your application.
  5. Budget for increased applications for next year.

How hard is occupational therapy?

The short answer is: YES, occupational therapy school is hard. But so is physical therapy school, nursing school, medical school, pharmacy school, physician’s assistant school, etc. All healthcare degrees are going to be challenging, and for good reason.

Does it matter where you go to OT school?

If you want to complete only the occupational therapy assistant program, you can go for any of the school. However if you are looking for bachelor’s or master’s degree, then you should choose your school carefully.

Can you become an OT online?

There are currently no accredited entry-level occupational therapy programs offered entirely online, according to the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education, the accrediting agency recognized by the Department of Education. However, many programs offer some courses or parts of courses online.

Is it too late to become an occupational therapist?

It’s never too late to change your career path. If you are interested in learning more about St. Kate’s Occupational Therapy Assistant program, contact an advisor today.

Which is better PT or OT?

Physical therapy (PT) and occupational therapy (OT) are types of rehabilitative care. While they have similar goals and treat many of the same conditions, they also differ. PT focuses on restoring or improving movement, strength, and range of motion. OT aims to improve the motor skills you need to perform daily tasks.

How long does it take to train as an occupational therapist?

To become an occupational therapist, you’ll need a degree in occupational therapy, which usually takes three years full time or up to six years part time. In postgraduate studies, it’s possible to gain a Masters degree in one to two years.

Can you work while in OT school?

So, if you need some sort of income, it is possible. Like some others mentioned, it really depends on your OT program and how the curriculum is arranged. My personal experience, I worked for the first 1.5 years and then the first semester of my last year (just before level II fieldwork).

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