Occupational Therapy (MSOT)

What is An Occupational Therapy (MSOT) Degree?

This field is often misunderstood, because the word “occupation” refers to not just a job or career, but also to ordinary day-to-day activities.  Occupational Therapists need to know about how people structure their time, how their time is divided up among different activities, how important each activity is to the person’s health and happiness, and what purpose each activity serves.  In that way, the therapists can help people handle their basic activities like eating, dressing, brushing their teeth . . .  well, everything.  OT helps people, including kids, maintain their independence.

To work as an Occupational Therapist, you will first need to earn a BA or BS degree in a related field like psychology, physiology, biology, sociology, or kinesiology and be accepted into the Master’s program (MSOT) in Occupational Therapy.  In the Master’s program you will study medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, human development, statistics, abnormal psych, and kinesiology. You will also have experiences in clinics to practice skills.  With work experience at the entry-level you will be able to sit for the licensing exam that will be required in most places.

The videos below discuss “typical” programs, so they should help regardless of which school you are considering.

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