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What can I do to prepare to be an Occupational Therapist while still in high school?

I am a junior in high school and I have been wanting to become an occupational therapist for about 5 years. I want to ensure my academic success in any and every way possible #high-school-classes #pre-med #medicine #occupationaltherapy

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Elaina’s Answer

Hi there! Glad you have a good idea so far. First, not just high school grades for college, and college grades for grad school but setting yourself up now with good organizational strategies and studying habits is key to long-term success! Volunteering in a variety of settings can be helpful for school and also real-world experience --geriatrics, CNA at a hospital or nursing home, volunteering or working with kids with disabilities, volunteering at a hospital or rehab hospital, etc. For college, look for a 4 year undergrad program or a 3/2 undergrad/grad program for occupational therapy. While in college, seek out volunteer and shadowing opportunities in a variety of settings to get a good feel for the profession and log hours, and develop a relationship with a teacher or other mentor for grad school assistance/reference letters. Good luck, and welcome!

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Dakayla’s Answer

You can take healthcare classes that teach you about the healthcare field. You could also start researching colleges that you would like to attend that are good for occupational therapy. Maintaining good grades and a good gpa is important as well.