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Thinking About Becoming an Occupational Therapist?

Occupational Therapists (OTs) are health care professionals who assist patients of all ages to live their lives more fully through daily activities including getting dressed, eating, or driving. OTs might also assist individuals with disabilities to participate in school or social functions, helping them regain skills and provide support to those with physical and cognitive challenges.

Preparation and Requirements

Pre-OT students are expected to establish a strong academic record and participate in activities that better develop their interpersonal skills, their knowledge of the occupational therapy profession, and their leadership abilities. These type of activities often include things such as employment opportunities, occupational therapy shadowing, volunteer experiences, organizational memberships, and community service.

Application Process

There are many steps and requirements to apply to occupational therapy school, including an entrance exam, personal statement, and letters of recommendation. Pay close attention to the instruction manual for the centralized application service and requirements for individual programs. Meet with a Health Professions advisor to make sure you’re on track.

Application Timeline

The application cycle can take up to one year to complete. Think about your ideal timeline: when do you plan to start occupational therapy school? We recommend you meet with a pre-health advisor to assess your readiness to apply.