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By Kathy Foust, allied health world contributing writer

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How to Become an Occupational Therapist in Delaware

Delaware seems to teem with motivation for the individual. The evidence of this fact can be seen in the vast amount of business start ups, the fact that over 25% of the population has a minimum of a bachelor’s degree and the lack of any sales tax existing in this state. What more evidence does an individual need? Since this is such an individual motivated state, it’s no wonder that the need for occupational therapists in Delaware has been steadily increasing at a rate of just over .5% between 2005 and 2009.

While the salary range for occupational therapists in Delaware falls between $50,000 and $130,000 a year, the average occupational therapist salary is around $90,000. Add these facts up and the combination of the outlook of the position of occupational therapist in Delaware coupled with the lack of sales tax makes this position look quite appealing. As the population grows in this ever motivated state, the need for occupational therapists will continue to increase to meet the needs of those who wish to develop and increase their life skills in order to be able to live a satisfactory lifestyle.

Though occupational therapists in this small state must be licensed, Delaware is one of the many states that grants its occupational therapist license based on meeting national standards that include holding a degree at the Master’s level as well as passing the National Board for Certification of Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) exam. Those who meet these requirements may complete the following steps to obtain their license to practice occupational therapy in Delaware.

Through campus based and online programs, aspiring Occupational Therapists in Wilmington, Dover and Newark, Delaware may be able to prepare themselves for the possibility of employment in some of the largest hospitals and healthcare facilities in the state including the Christiana Hospital, Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, and Kent General Hospital.
  1. Obtain and complete a notarized application, submitting it to the address listed below.

    Division of Professional Regulation
    Cannon Building
    861 Silver Lake Blvd. Suite 203
    Dover, Delaware 19904

  2. Pay the prorated fee the state of Delaware.
  3. Submit verification of a passing score on the NBCOT exam to the Delaware Division of Professional Regulation.
  4. Submit official transcript indicating completion of coursework as well as fieldwork from one of the accredited Delaware occupational therapy schools.

Information obtained at the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Indeed.com and the State of Delaware Official Website: Department of the State: Division of Professional Regulation

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