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Nevada Occupational Therapist School

How to Become an Occupational Therapist in Nevada

If you're interested in becoming an Occupational Therapist in Nevada, you couldn't have picked a better time. The career is coming into high demand, and that is only going to increase over time, as both the population, and the average age, continues to rise.
           
The first thing you should, if you're considering entering this career, is to try and enter into a job shadow program that will allow you to observe and follow around, an Occupational Therapist as he or she goes about his daily work.
           
If you're still interested, then you'll need to start researching and planning for your secondary education. You'll eventually have to earn a master’s degree from a nationally accredited Occupational Therapy program, but first you'll have to get you'll have to get a bachelors degree in a relevant field.
           
It generally takes about three to four years to earn a bachelors degree. You should try and take as many medical and science related courses as possible. The choice of degree is largely up to you, but you will definitely want to gravitate towards something relevant, like a Health and Wellness or Human Physiology degree.
           
You should start considering what online or Nevada occupational therapy schools’ master’s programs you're going to apply to pretty early. There are quite a few, but not too many that admission isn't quite competitive. There are, at the time of this writing, no schools with such programs in Nevada, though that could change in the time it takes you to earn your bachelors degree.
           
When you pick, apply, and ultimately begin attending one, you can expect the masters program to be quite intensive. You'll spend a lot of time interning and working with instructors and experienced OT's to actually care for patients, and learning about the very specialized, but wide range of topics, Occupational Therapists need to be versed in.
           
After you graduate, with your masters’ degree in Occupational Therapy, you need to take a nationally certifying exam, the NBCOT. This test, given and assembled by the National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy, combines both multiple choice and general knowledge questions with descriptions of situations you might find yourself in, and you'll have to explain how you would handle them. The exam costs $500 dollars, and can be repeated every 45 days if you don't pass at first.
           
After you've passed the NBCOT, you're ready to start the final step- applying for licensure from the State of Nevada Board of Occupational Therapy. You'll need to have your transcripts and NBCOT scores sent in, provide proof of identity, fill out the application packet, and provide a licensing and processing fee.
           
How long it takes to process depends on the time of year and your information, but the board specifies about a month turnaround. When you've been approved, and your names been added to the registry, you are now eligible to work in the state of a Nevada a licensed Occupational Therapist.

Through campus based and online programs, aspiring Occupational Therapists in Las Vegas, Henderson, North Las Vegas and Reno, Nevada 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 Spring Valley Hospital, Sunrise Hospital, Desert Springs Hospital and Northern Nevada Medical Center.

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  • Ranked among the Best Online Graduate Business Programs and Education Programs in 2015 by U.S. News & World Report.
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  • Active-duty military, veterans, and Veteran’s Administration employees can save 15% on tuition.
  • Ranked among the Best Online Graduate Business Programs and Education Programs in 2015 by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Financial aid is available for students who quality, with more than $1,000,000 through 10 scholarships.
  • Offers 24/7 student services, including financial aid help, course registration, and career counseling.
  • Students may opt in for a two week, risk-free trial period.
  • Active-duty military, veterans, and Veteran’s Administration employees can save 15% on tuition.
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  • Grand Canyon University - Where a Quality Education and Faith Coexist
  • Recognized as offering some of the best online education programs in the nation.
  • We support students through their academic and spiritual journey.
  • GCU offers the convenience of online, on-campus, or evening programs.
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  • Grand Canyon University - Where a Quality Education and Faith Coexist
  • Recognized as offering some of the best online education programs in the nation.
  • We support students through their academic and spiritual journey.
  • GCU offers the convenience of online, on-campus, or evening programs.
  • Talk to us today to learn more about financial aid and start dates!
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  • Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
  • Lets undergrad students try classes before paying any tuition.
  • Has an average class sizes of 18 for undergraduate and 13 for graduate-level courses.
  • Offers numerous scholarship opportunities that can help students save up to $750 per term on their tuition.
  • Tends to educate degree-seeking online and campus-based students who are adult learners with families and students who work while pursuing higher education.
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  • Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
  • Lets undergrad students try classes before paying any tuition.
  • Has an average class sizes of 18 for undergraduate and 13 for graduate-level courses.
  • Offers numerous scholarship opportunities that can help students save up to $750 per term on their tuition.
  • Tends to educate degree-seeking online and campus-based students who are adult learners with families and students who work while pursuing higher education.
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  • Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs by U.S. News and World Report in 2015.
  • Ranked among the Best Online MBA Programs by U.S. News and World Report in 2015.
  • Founded in 1890, it has a campus in Waterbury, CT and offers online degree program in eight-week modules, six times a year.
  • About 800 students are enrolled at the main campus, and about half of them commute.
  • Online courses make it possible for students to earn a bachelor’s degree in as little as 18 months and a master’s degree in 14-24 months.
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  • Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs by U.S. News and World Report in 2015.
  • Ranked among the Best Online MBA Programs by U.S. News and World Report in 2015.
  • Founded in 1890, it has a campus in Waterbury, CT and offers online degree program in eight-week modules, six times a year.
  • About 800 students are enrolled at the main campus, and about half of them commute.
  • Online courses make it possible for students to earn a bachelor’s degree in as little as 18 months and a master’s degree in 14-24 months.
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  • Good for Working Adults
  • Online Programs
  • Flexible Scheduling
  • Accelerated Programs
  • Financial Aid
  • Transferable Credits
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  • Ranked among top Regional Universities in the South by U.S. News and World Report in 2015.
  • Ranked 37th among the Best Colleges for Veterans by U.S. News and World Report in 2015.
  • Stands as the largest private, nonprofit university in the nation with 100,000+ students.
  • Offers over 230 programs online, from the certificate to the doctoral level.
  • Has a student-faculty ratio of 25:1, and 42.3% of its classes have fewer than 20 students.
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  • Ranked among top Regional Universities in the South by U.S. News and World Report in 2015.
  • Ranked 37th among the Best Colleges for Veterans by U.S. News and World Report in 2015.
  • Stands as the largest private, nonprofit university in the nation with 100,000+ students.
  • Offers over 230 programs online, from the certificate to the doctoral level.
  • Has a student-faculty ratio of 25:1, and 42.3% of its classes have fewer than 20 students.
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  • Accredited
  • Online Programs
  • Financial Aid
  • Transferable Credits