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How do I Choose the Best Occupational Therapy Schools?

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  • Written By: Harriette Halepis
  • Edited By: Bronwyn Harris
  • Last Modified Date: 10 November 2018
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Occupational therapists help injured and disabled people perform daily tasks. Almost all countries require occupational therapists to obtain a master's degree in occupational therapy prior to practicing. Thus, choosing the best education out of all the occupational therapy schools in the world is essential. To begin narrowing down the selection, it helps to think about individual career goals.

The type of environment that you want to work in will help you find the right school. Occupational therapists work within a number of different settings including mental health facilities, hospitals, clinics, and schools. Educational programs within the occupational therapy field are often centered upon one particular type of work environment. Thus, selecting a school that focuses upon the type of environment that you wish to work in will help you decide upon the right program.

Next, take the time to talk with a career counselor. Whether you are still in high school or just finishing your bachelor's degree, career counselors often know a great deal about graduate schools. These experts can help lead you in the right direction when it comes to selecting a program that will suit your skills, personality, and career expectations.

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Another great way to become familiar with the many occupational therapy schools is to search the Internet. Often, past and present students will rate and comment on academic life within a particular institution. Chat rooms and discussion groups can easily help a prospective student to gain a good understanding of a particular school. In addition, taking a look at course outlines online is a excellent way to determine whether or not a school program will interest you.

Aside from scrutinizing each school, you will also have to take a good look at your own academic record. Find out if you meet the requirements of the occupational therapy schools that you are considering. If not, spend some time trying to complete necessary courses that will help you to gain admission into a program of your choice. A large portion of choosing the right school is simply having the ability to select any school that appeals to you.

Finally, create a comparative chart that lists all of the benefits and drawbacks of each school. You'll find that some occupational therapy schools are solely based upon academics, while others tend to take a hands-on approach. In the end, selecting the school that appeals to you the most is the best way to choose the right school.

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