Health Career Profiles

Occupational Therapist

Career Description

Occupational therapists (OTs) work with people of any age to promote health, prevent disability, and develop or maintain abilities. Occupational therapy provides the skills for the job of living to help people solve the problems that interfere with their ability to do the occupations (activities) that are important to them. These problems may be a result of injury, disease, social disadvantage, or the environment. Occupational therapists can address physical and mental health concerns.

Occupational therapists are specialists in the analysis, adaptation and therapeutic use of occupations, to achieve goals jointly determined by the therapist and the client, in the context of their own home and community. Occupational therapists work in a wide variety of settings. Some of these settings include hospitals, clinics, community programs, schools and long-term care facilities.

Academic and Licensing Requirements

  • Completion of a 4-year Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university
  • Minimum of a B grade average
  • Completion of two prerequisites: human physiology (6 credit hours), and human/vertebrate anatomy (3 hours)
  • Passing grade on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • Completion of a Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy

Upon completion of the educational requirements, one must write the National Occupational Therapy Certification Examination (NOTCE). To work in Nova Scotia as an Occupational Therapist, one must register with the College of Occupational Therapists of Nova Scotia.

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