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
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.
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.