California Occupational Therapy Degrees

Education Requirements for Occupational Therapists in California

By definition, an Occupational Therapist strives to promote a client's well-being and health through occupation. In 2006, the state with the highest concentration of Occupational Therapists was California. According to the US Census Bureau, the Golden State boasts 10,000 Occupational Therapists (OTs) and Occupational Therapist Assistants (OTAs) who serve the 36 million residents of the state (US Census Bureau). Between 2000 and 2010, projected growth in availability of Occupational Therapist jobs in California is 37.5%, faster than most other jobs in the state, notes the Occupational Therapy Association of California (OTAC).

Continuing Education for Occupational Therapists in California

Occupational Therapists must complete 12 hours of Continuing Education Units (CEUs) each year, and Occupational Therapist Assistants must also complete 12 CEUs. Of the 36 Professional Development Units (PDUs) required to maintain certification by the NBCOT in a three-year period, 36 hours maximum can be fulfilled through completing online courses.  The remaining California occupational therapy courses for CECs are satisfied through schools offering accredited programs.

 Licenses must be renewed every two years, and applications for renewal must be accompanied by proof of completion of the necessary PDUs, and certification that you have not been convicted of a crime or disciplined by another state during the past two years. Renewal fee is $150, with a fee of $25 for the renewal of an inactive license or certificate.

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