Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapists assist patients of all ages to live their lives more fully through daily activities.
OTs might also assist individuals with disabilities to participate in school or social functions, helping them regain skills and provide support.

The Career Center's Guide to Occupational Therapy

Looking for pre-requisite courses? Tips for getting hands-on clinical experience? OT school application prep and timeline suggestions? Look no further! Our Occupational Therapy Preparation Guide has all this and more.

There are a variety of ways for students to pursue Occupational Therapy as a career

Pathway to Occupational Therapy


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 types 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 a personal statement and letters of recommendation, and some require an entrance exam. 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.

Occupation Outlook

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Recommended Services for Pre-Occupational Therapy Students

  • Health Professions Advising
  • Health Professions Drop-ins
  • Personal Statement Review
  • Mock Interviews