You will usually require a Masters's degree. You want to make sure that the school or program you are looking at is accredited through the Council for Occupational Therapy Education, part of the American Occupational Therapy Association. You will also need to be licensed through your state. You will be required to pass a national examination administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). I hope you know the difference between the Occupational Therapist and a Physical Therapist. They are different. This is a good field to get into as the Baby Boomers in our country continue to age and Generation X look toward retirement, we will need OT to help them with aging and managing their lives.