Vermont Occupational Therapy Degrees
Occupational Therapist Training in Vermont
To be an Occupational Therapist in Vermont, one must have at least a Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy, have passed the NBCOT national exam, and be licensed by the Vermont Secretary of State’s Office of Professional Regulations.
Many Occupational Therapist and Occupational Therapy Assistants opt to join the Vermont Occupational Therapy Association. This professional organization offers support with legislative ideas, continuing education programs and informative publications for those in the Occupational Therapy field. More information is available at http://www.vtot.org/.
To be admitted into an undergraduate program in Vermont, most universities require a high school diploma or GED, SAT or ACT scores, an essay or personal statement, and two recommendations. Students also must submit health and immunization records.
For admission into a health science program such as occupational therapy, most schools also require additional immunizations and a criminal background check. Students are required to pay the applicable costs involved with the criminal background check. Students should have taken some biology, anatomy, chemistry and algebra courses in high school and should be in excellent health to handle the physical demands of the OT field.
For admission into a five-year BS to MS program, students should be able to provide SAT or ACT results, a high school transcript, essay or personal statement, and two recommendations. Before admission to the MS portion fo the program, students must have a minimum of 20 hours of fieldwork and have passed all required courses. Most universities with MS of OT programs have limited space. Students currently in their pre-professional OT program will be guaranteed a spot in the MS program unless they fail to meet the admission requirements.
Prerequisite Vermont occupational therapy courses for the MS program usually include anatomy, human development, abnormal psychology, college level statistics and reseach methods, at least one college level English course, creative art studies and Introduction to OT.
As part of the MS program, students must complete Community Practicums, two full-time fieldwork sessions of three months each, and publish a research paper. Often a three-month internship following the completion of all coursework is recommended.