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How long does it take to become an occupational therapist?

I am interested in pursuing occupational therapy and the university I was accepted to has one of the best occupational programs in the country. So I would like to know how long it will take to get the degree. #occupational-therapy

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Brendon’s Answer

I agreed with Cprinne, generally you'll be done in 6 1/2 years including the time it takes to complete your licensure exam. As a freshman, spend time opening out when you'll take all the required undergraduate courses and prerequisites (there will probably be about 25 credits' worth.) Right now, approximately 1/2 of all students in the US take 6 or more years to finish an undergraduate program. Since you'll need extra prerequisites for graduate school, planning is ESSENTIAL. Most schools list their prerequisites on a website called OTCAS. As a final note wait until your senior year to take English as it will be useful for the GRE, which is essentially the ACT for graduate school.

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Corinne’s Answer

Hi there,

My understanding right now is that you have to have a 4 year undergraduate degree and then pursue a 2 year Masters in OT program, or , there is now a doctoral track which is gaining in popularity , and does provide avenues in your career than a MS wont. Or Duquesne has a 5 year combines undergrad, MS program which is excellent.

Then there is a Field work 1 and 2 to be able to take the board exams.

My guidance would be to get the MS and then become a specialist in a field of your interest, peds, hands, low vision etc and become and expert.

Good luck,

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Estelle’s Answer

6 years. 4 years undergrad and 2 years for a master's in OT.