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What degree do I need to become a certified Occupational Therapist?


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Hi Nelonna, first you would want a Bachelor's of Science either in Biomedical Science, Health Human Sciences, or Kinesiology with tracks/concentrations in Pre-OT, General, Exercise Allied Health etc. Then you'll need a Master's in Occupational Health Sciences or Therapy (MHS or MOT). I would also encourage you to consider an OTD or Doctor of Occupational Therapy, since in the next 6-10 years, this profession will require this degree as well. Also keep in mind: a lot of professional schools want As and Bs in all classes, volunteer hours, internships, and as close to a 4.0 GPA as you can get. I hope this helps!

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Ashley's information is accurate but I would like to add that you dont need a BA in science to join a master in OT program. I have a BA in psychology and some of my classmates had BAs in english. If you have a science oriented ba, you will need to take some prerequite courses before you can start the Masters in OT program. The programs you apply to can tell you what courses you will need; I had to take statistics and anatomy/physiology

Hi David, yes you are correct! Technically a BS degree in any health program isn't required to get into a health-oriented field. I recommend it though, since the amount of pre-preqs required for MOT/OTD programs that are outside the other degrees, often leads to financial and time constraints. However, you are absolutely correct, and I think it's important that students understand they can change career paths as needed, after/close to completing a degree. Thank you for your feedback! Ashlee R.

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