Occupational Therapy Schools in Colorado - CO
By Kathy Foust, allied health world contributing writer
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How to Become an Occupational Therapist in Colorado
As the field of occupational therapy develops and expands, one can only assume that the state of Colorado would be a prime area for growth in this field. Of course, there are more than exploration injuries to be dealt with, but who wouldn’t want to be involved in a field in an area that has its own natural healers like hot springs available? Salary is a motivating factor as well when occupational therapists average $80,000 a year in Colorado with the range spanning from $40,000 to $120,000 a year.
Anyone wishing to practice occupational therapy in the state of Colorado must hold an Occupational Therapist License as of January 1, 2009. To obtain a license in this field, applicants my apply to the Colorado Division of Registrations, Office of Licensing-Occupational Therapy, 1560 Broadway, Suite 1350, Denver, CO 80202. Applicants will also need to pay the licensing fee and include items of verification to express that they are qualified to perform this service. Items of verification include verification of passing the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy Exam and an Affidavit of Eligibility Form. These items may all be obtained for the individual to fill out by contacting the licensing office at the address listed above.
Colorado occupational therapy schools provide master’s level degrees that meet the requirements for national certification and state licensure. Anyone working in a health related field should expect to be required to submit to a background check and physical before actually working in the field. Please note that anyone seeking a license in occupational therapy will have to meet the educational requirements at the national level before actually being eligible to sit for the certification exam.
Information obtained from Indeed.com, Bureau of Labor and Statistics, United States Census Bureau and Colorado Division of RegistrationsThrough campus based and online programs, aspiring Occupational Therapists in Denver, Colorado Springs, Aurora and Lakewood, Colorado may be able to prepare themselves for the possibility of employment in some of the largest hospitals and healthcare facilities in the state including Memorial Hospital Central, Penrose Hospital, and Denver Health Medical Center.