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Wisconsin Occupational Therapist School

By Allison Skoglind, allied health world contributing writer

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Steps to Become an Occupational Therapist in Wisconsin

Wisconsin has very specific requirements in order to gain an occupational therapist (OTs) license to practice. The first step, is acquire the proper education by enrolling in and completing an accredited OT training program through one of Wisconsin’s occupational therapy schools. Training comprises of two parts: classroom instruction and clinical supervised hands-on experience, usually in the form of an internship. The program must be approved by both the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) and the Wisconsin Department of Regulation and Licensing (DRL). At a minimum, students must graduate with an entry-level post-baccalaureate degree in occupational therapy; however, many colleges offer both master and doctorate degree programs as well. These programs allow students to qualify for the NBCOT competency examination. By successfully passing examination, occupational therapists are officially granted certification.

Next, OTs must obtain, fill out, and submit an “Application for a License to Practice Occupational Therapy” form accessible through the DRL website. This form will request the following information: personal identification data including name, address, phone number, date of birth and training education program details including school name, location, and date of diploma, degree and specialty. A $132 credentialing and examination fee is also mandatory. The exam fee is in reference to a Wisconsin Statutes and Administrative Code test that each occupational therapist must successfully pass to achieve licensure. The application will also ask occupational therapists to attach several supplementary documents like: the “Addendum to Application” form, verifying document proving NBCOT certification, “Certificate of Professional Education” form, and the Wisconsin Statutes and Rules completed open-book examination. Finally, applicants must give detailed information regarding all professional and non-professional practical activities since occupational therapist program graduation. A short questionnaire within the application must be completely filled out as well. OTs must also list any credentials in another state(s). After all information is gathered, send the entire application packet and attached documents to:

Through campus based and online programs, aspiring Occupational Therapists in Milwaukee, Madison and Green Bay, Wisconsin 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 Aurora Saint Luke's Medical Center, Saint Joseph's Hospital, University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics and Saint Mary's Hospital.

Wisconsin DRL
P.O. Box 8935
Madison, WI 53708-8935

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