Occupational therapists treat ill, injured, and disabled patients of all ages with the goal of helping them develop, recover, or improve the motor skills required for daily life, including employment. Becoming an occupational therapist is academically challenging, but it's also personally and professionally rewarding. Not only will you help improve the quality of life for patients who have autism, missing limbs, cerebral palsy, and Alzheimer's disease, among others, you'll enjoy a lucrative career that's in demand.
To become a licensed occupational therapist, you will need to earn either a Master’s (MOT) or Doctoral (OTD) degree after completion of your undergraduate degree. According to the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), there are currently 71 accredited doctoral programs and 168 accredited master’s programs in the U.S.
Occupational Therapy Programs in Indiana
The following table includes the minimum-requisite courses for Doctor of Optometry programs in the US; however, many schools have additional recommended courses. Students should work with their advisor(s) to ensure all pre-requisite courses are completed in a timely fashion.
|Introductory Biology||One, w/lab||BIO151 or BIO203 or BIO204|
|Human Anatomy||One, w/lab||BIO225 or ESS265/266L|
|Human Physiology||One, w/lab||BIO226 or BIO334 or ESS267/268L|
|General Chemistry||One, w/lab||CHE140/141L|
|General Physics||One, w/lab||PHY110|
|Statistics||One||MAT130 or PSY205 or BIO205|
|Psychology||Three||PSY101 and PSY220 and PSY230|
To be a competitive candidate, students should check directly with the schools they plan to apply for application requirements, information, and timelines. At Marian, meet early and often with your advisor to stay on track for a successful application.
A competitive candidate will generally:
"The faculty and challenging biology curriculum at Marian University helped me be competitive as a graduate school applicant. I applied to eight schools and received interview offers from six. Of 500 applicants, I am one of just 32 students who were accepted by Huntington University, which was my first choice for earning a doctorate degree in occupational therapy."
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