Occupational Therapy Schools in Texas - TX
By Susan Maphis, allied health world contributing writer
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Steps to Become an Occupational Therapist in Texas
People who are interested in working with clients who have mental, physical, developmental, or emotional disabilities are well-suited to the field of Occupational Therapy. Although there are approximately 90,000 Occupational Therapist positions in the United States (2006), only about 7% of these jobs are in the state of Texas. With the size of the state of Texas, it only stands to reason that this state will see an increased demand for Occupational Therapists in the years to come. Specific steps must be followed to become an Occupational Therapist in the state of Texas.
- Earn your Bachelors' degree in a health care related field (as a Bachelor's in Occupational Therapy does not exist). Examples would be Psychology, Biology, Health, Education, or Human Development.
- Earn your Master's degree through one of the accredited online or campus based Texas Occupational Therapy schools. You do not necessarily have to earn your degree within the state of Texas; however, your Occupational Therapy program must be recognized by the Texas Board of Occupational Therapy Examiners (TBOTE) in order to become licensed to work in the state.
- Complete six months of supervised field work under a licensed Occupational Therapist within the state of Texas.
- Take and pass (with at least a 70% grade) the Texas Board of Occupational Therapy Jurisprudence Examination. This open book examination contains multiple choice and true/false questions. Every time you renew your OT license, you must re-take this test.
- Take and pass the National Occupational Therapy Certification Exam by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).
- Apply for a Texas license to practice Occupational Therapy with the Texas Board of Occupational Therapy Examiners (TBOTE). Only Occupational Therapy Practitioners licensed by Texas Board of Occupational Therapy Examiners can provide occupational therapy in Texas.
Your application will require a $120 application fee, along with a current color head shot photo. Licenses must be renewed every two years, with a $217 fee for renewal of an active license. At the time of renewal, you must also show proof of completion of 30 contact hours of Continuing Education, and retake and receive a passing score of 70% or above of the Texas Jurisprudence Examination.Through campus based and online programs, aspiring Occupational Therapists in Houston, Dallas, Austin, Fort Worth, El Paso, Arlington, Corpus Christi, Plano, Laredo, Lubbock and Amarillo, Texas 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 Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, Memorial Hermann Hospital, CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital and Baylor Medical Centers.
333 Guadalupe, Suite 2-510
Austin, TX 78701-3942