Occupational Therapy Schools in Connecticut - CT
By Kathy Foust, allied health world contributing writer
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How to Become an Occupational Therapist in Connecticut
Connecticut has a growing population of around 3,500,000 people in an area of almost 5,000 square miles. With 703 people per square mile, there is plenty of need for an occupational therapist. One of the benefits of being a person in this occupation that helps people to develop life skills and ways to lead productive lives, it may be somewhat of a comfort to know that those skills will never include walking across the street on their hands as this is one of the interesting laws belonging to the state of Connecticut. They can also look forward to expanding their vocabulary considering that the original author of the Webster’s dictionary was born in West Hartford Connecticut!
Connecticut follows national standards for certification as a means to obtain a license in Connecticut. The exception to this rule is that Connecticut only requires that an individual hold a baccalaureate degree in occupational therapy as opposed to the national standard of a Master’s level degree. However, since the licensing requirements for the state of Connecticut require that the individual hold a passing score on the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy certification examination and they cannot take this examination without holding a Master’s level degree, the Connecticut state standards must be exceeded in order to obtain licensure. The complete steps to obtaining a license in Connecticut are listed below.
- Obtain a Master’s level degree from one of the accredited Connecticut occupational therapy schools whose program is accredited by the American Occupational Therapy Association.
- Hold a passing score that can be verified on the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy certification examination.
- Submit a notarized application along with the $200 fee to the Treasurer of the state of Connecticut.
- Submit official transcript from the accredited institution.
- All documents sent from any source should ultimately be sent to the address listed below.
Connecticut Department of Public Health
Occupational Therapist Licensure
410 Capital Avenue. MS #12APP
P.O. Box 340308
Hartford, Connecticut 06134
Fax (860) 509-8457
All Professional licenses are renewed yearly during the month of the individual’s birth date.
Occupational Therapy Schools in Connecticut
- Occupational Therapy Assistant, AAS
- East Greenwich
- Associate in Science in Occupational Therapy Assistant Technology
- Master of Science in Occupational Therapy
New England Institute of Technology is a private, non-profit, co-educational technical college offering over 30 Associate in Science, Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degree programs.