Becoming an Occupational Therapist
23 December 2009
There are careers that require the awarding of license before you can begin to practice and begin your career path. Occupational Therapy is one of those.There are three different career options in Occupational Therapy namely Occupational Therapist (OT), Occupational Therapist Assistant (OTA) and Occupational Therapist Aide (OT Aide). Each of these has different academic requirements as well training prerequisites. To be an OT, you need to earn a Master’s Degree from Occupational Therapy Schools. If you pass the licensure test, you will be awarded the Occupational Therapist Registered or OTR certificate. This certificate is acknowledged in any state in the US. Foreign students who wish to practice a career in Occupational Therapy in the US should also satisfy the two general requirements and be warded the license to practice in the US. If you are considering to be an OTA, try getting a part time job in hospitals or nursing facilities.
You can also shadow practice with an experienced OT Professional as this will enrich your knowledge and experience to help you in your future career. You also have to take trainings or accredited programs which you can avail from technical schools and colleges. OTA’s also have licensure exam that they need to pass so they can practice. If you are thinking about being an OT Aide, it is best that you undergo on-the-job trainings to qualify. High school academic level is sufficient for this career. Additionally, you just have to take the licensure exam so you can practice legally. As an occupational therapist helps people get the maximum out of life, engage yourself with non-academic activities if you want to be an efficient OT Professional in the future. Join sports, art classes and other fun activities that will also allow you to observe people as your experience from these things can help you formulate more efficient and strategic ways to help your patients out.
It is also advisable for you to take as many subjects as you can in Biology, Anatomy, Chemistry, Sociology, Psychology, Physics and Anthropology in high. Doing so can increase your chances of getting admitted in college and accredited programs. These are every good preparatory subjects for your future career in Occupational Therapy, as well as help you survive your academic years. When it comes to license, its validity varies per state. Some states give licenses valid for 1-2 years while others vary for 4 months-1 year. The period for license validity may be different among OT’s, OTA’s and OT Aides, in some states. When you apply for the licensure exam, you have to pay a certain fee and in some states, they charge $100. The fees for second applications are usually lower than the first. The procedures and fees vary per state so you have to contact the state agency for the accurate information about fees you have to pay.