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By Kathy Foust, allied health world contributing writer

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Steps to Become an Occupational Therapist in Arkansas

Arkansas is one of the states that make it fairly simple to obtain a license to practice occupational therapy. Those who have national certification in occupational therapy will find that they have only to meet a few more requirements to obtain their license in Arkansas. Those interested in obtaining an Occupational Therapist License in Arkansas can follow the steps below to complete this process.

  1. Submit a copy of verification of successful completion of the National Board of Occupational Therapy Exam.
  2. Submit an application with related fees to the Arkansas State Medical Board.
  3. Complete and submit an Occupational Educaiton Verification form.
  4. Obtain and submit an official transcript from one of the accredited Arkansas occupational therapy schools, verifying that the individual has completed the coursework and earned a degree at Master’s level in occupational therapy.
  5. Obtain and submit three letters of recommendation. One of these letters will be from a current clinical supervisor and the other two will be from people who have worked with and observed the individual.
  6. Submit verification of any other license held in any other state.
  7. Verification of employment of affiliation with a hospital or medical facility for the past five years.

It should be noted that those who meet qualifications are able to apply for a temporary license to use on a temporary basis until the full license requirements have been met. To meet these requirements, the individual will need to meet all of the requirements listed above with the exception of the national certification and graduation. Those who have not yet complete national certification will need to have verification that they are eligible and scheduled for the examination. Those who have yet to graduate will need a letter of verification from their accredited school’s registrar’s office that will serve as verification of the expected graduation date. In addition, a licensed occupational therapist must sign in the appropriate place on the individual’s application.

Information found at Indeed.com, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Arkansas State Medical Board and the United States Census Bureau.

Through campus based and online programs, aspiring Occupational Therapists in Little Rock, Fayetteville and Jonesboro, Arkansas may be able to prepare themselves for the possibility of employment in some of the largest hospitals and healthcare facilities in the state including Arkansas Regional Medical Center, Saint Vincent Infirmary Medical Center, Baptist Health Medical Center, and White County Medical Center North.

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