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Pre-Occupational Therapy

Pre-Occupational Therapy Jennifer Long

Jennifer Long in Occupational Therapy School
After receiving her A.A.&S. in Science from SWCC, Ms. Long transferred to Radford Univ. and graduated with a B.S. in Psychology. She is attending Occupational Therapy School at Radford University.

 

An Occupational Therapy degree can start at SWCC!

You can start on your pre-occupational therapy degree by completing the Associate of Arts and Sciences Degree with a major in Science, Specialization: Pre-Medical at SWCC. Make an appointment with the Science Pre-Medical advisor. Occupational therapists are in demand!

Educational Pathway

After completing an Associate of Science Degree, you will continue your pre-occupational therapy study by transferring to a four year school. Pre-occupational therapy candidates are required to have a bachelor’s degree. You can declare a major in any subject at the four year school to obtain a Bachelor of Science Degree which will require an additional two years of college. Your chosen major Read More does not determine your success in being accepted to an occupational therapy school. It is however important you include the pre-requisites required by the schools you are interested in attending in your educational curriculum. Many of these classes are taken during your two years at SWCC. After being accepted to occupational therapy school it will typically take a total of two years to be awarded a Master of Occupational Therapy (M.O.T.) but programs vary in length.
Early in your academic career you will need to research some of the occupational therapy schools you are interested in attending in order to insure you will meet all their criteria for admission. Some basic factors are:
Good undergraduate grades (overall GPA of 3.0 minimum)
Test scores (GRE)
True interest in profession as demonstrated by shadowing or volunteering in the field; some colleges require documented hours
Strong reasoning and writing skills (which will be documented on the Graduate Record Examination)
Strong reference letters from professionals who know your character, as well as, your work ethic
Learning new skills such as ceramics, metal working, dance, etc

What is the GRE?

It is Graduate Record Examination. It is a standardized test taken by students who are applying to occupational therapy schools. It will be similar to the ACT or SAT. It is a broad assessment of your critical thinking, analytical writing, verbal reasoning, and quantitative reasoning skills — all skills developed over the course of many years, which includes your two years at SWCC. Read More //www.kaptest.com/gre/gre-test/whats-on-the-gre">http://www.kaptest.com/gre/gre-test/whats-on-the-gre

Important qualities for occupational therapists

Occupational therapists must have excellent communication, writing and interpersonal skills. Other important qualities are compassion, patience and flexibility. As in other health-related occupations, empathy, understanding and the desire to help others are good qualities for dealing effectively with patients. Read More

Is occupational therapy for you?

The student should shadow occupational therapists and ask questions about the profession.Occupational therapy is a health care profession that focuses on treating injured, ill, or disabled patients. They help patients develop, recover, and improve the skills needed for daily living and working. It aims to help people live as independently as possible. Occupational therapists may work in a variety Read More of setting such as orthopedic clinics, hospitals, schools, home health care facility, nursing homes, etc..

Occupational Therapy Schools

There are 157 Occupational Therapy Schools in the United States. You can review them at the following site http://www.aota.org/education-careers/find-school/accreditentrylevel/otmasters.aspx

Schools in the Region:

Quick Facts:

http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/occupational-therapists.htm

2012 Median Pay $75,400 per year
$36.25 per hour
Entry-Level Education Master’s degree
Work Experience in a Related Occupation None
On-the-job Training None
Number of Jobs, 2012 113,200
Job Outlook, 2012-22 29% (Faster than average)
Employment Change, 2012-22 32,800