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Washington, D.C. Occupational Therapy Degrees

Washington, DC Occupational Therapy Courses

The first step to becoming an occupational therapist (OT) in Washington, DC is to gain admission into an OT educational training program. These programs exist in the form of bachelor, master, and doctorate degrees in OT at academic state colleges and universities. A selected program must be accredited by the American Medical Association (AMA), the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), and the District of Columbia Board of Occupational Therapy (DCBOT). All programs must comprise of at least 6 months of supervised clinical curriculum in a healthcare setting.


Washington, DC occupational therapy courses are approximately 70 seventy credits in length, with all coursework relating to general healthcare and sciences classes, along with OT specific curriculum. During the first two semesters, students are expected to complete 2—4 credits in: Muscloskeletal Anatomy, Pediatrics in Occupational Therapy, Occupational Therapy Theory and Concepts, Occupational Science, Clinical Kinesiology, Clinical Neuroscience, Principals of Disease, Life Part and Aging, Human Performance and Movement Anatomy, Health and Wellness, and Research Methods in Occupational Therapy.  

Continuing education credits are required as a condition to license renewal in Washington, DC. At least 24 hours of continuing education activities must be completed every two years, the documentation of which must be attached along with a license renewal application, and submitted to the DCBOT. All continuing education credits must pertain to enhancing and promoting competency in occupational therapy practice and theory. All continuing education activities must be supervised by a qualified instructor. Finally, all programs must meet the approval of the DCBOT. Some suggested continuing education activities include: academic OT courses at an accredited college/university, career seminar/workshops, professional conferences, in-service training opportunities, publication in an OT journal or book, engaging in research projects, or instructing OT students in a formal environment.

For all other inquires, contact:

District of Columbia Department of Health
Health Professional Licensing Administration
Board of Occupational Therapy
717 14th Street, NW, Suite 600
Washington, DC 20005
(877)-672-2174 (phone)
(202) 727-8471 (fax)

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