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Wyoming Occupational Therapist School
By Allison Skoglind, allied health world contributing writer
Published: January, 31 2010
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Steps to Become an Occupational Therapist in Wyoming
- Enroll in and successfully complete formal education through either online programs or Wyoming occupational therapy schools. OTs generally enter into the field with a bachelor’s, a master’s, or doctorate degree in OT. All programs must be accredited and meet the approval of the Wyoming Board of Occupational Therapy (WBOT). All programs must include a supervised clinical internship as part of the curriculum.
- Successfully pass a national occupational therapy competency examination to get certified. This examination is administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). An entry-level, post-baccalaureate in occupational therapy is needed to qualify for examination. Go to the NBCOT website and download, complete and submit an “Occupational Therapist Eligibility Determination” application. The application fee is $500. After application is approved, and the examination is passed, OTs are awarded the title of certified occupational therapist or registered occupational therapist.
- After acquiring professional certification, occupational therapists in Wyoming must get licensed through the WBOT. Occupational therapists cannot legally practice in Wyoming without a license. To do this, applicants must obtain an “Application for Licensure” form from the WBOT website. This form will ask personal identifying information, current employment information, employment history details, education history, and includes a short questionnaire. Applicants must also show proof of any other active or inactive healthcare licenses, if any. Also, applicants must provide proof of NBCOT certification. Furthermore, WBOT requests 2 reference letters confirming professional and ethical aptitude. Lastly, an application of $125 and a license fee of $100 is also required. The license is valid until July 31st of every year, regardless of the date of license granted.