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How to Become an Occupational Therapist in Ohio

Ohio has more than four thousand licensed OT's who are practicing all around the state. Due to the fact that Ohio has so many residents and only a minimum number of OT's who are currently practicing -- Ohio has an exceptional need for licensed Occupational Therapists. In the following information, we will explain how to become an OT in Ohio.

Occupational therapists handle issues such as, ergonomics and improved workplace design and they help to rehabilitate disabled individuals or teach them how to improve the quality of their life. The process of becoming a licensed OT in Ohio is similar to this process in most other states.


  1. Decide whether you would prefer taking online classes or attending an actual college campus to achieve your graduates or Master's degree in OT in Ohio.
  2. Determine if you would rather receive a graduate's degree, Master's degree or PhD in OT.
  3. Select a graduate program that has been accredited by the AOTA (American Occupational Therapy Association). It's important to select a program that is therapy-based, instead of just research-based. Ohio State University (OSU) offers an OT program that ranks as one of the top 25 occupational therapy programs in Ohio.
  4. Take the Graduate Records Examination (GRE). The GRE is similar to the SAT's for graduate school. The examination measures an individual? math, verbal and writing skills. The test scores are very similar to the SAT grading scale. Individuals can register for the GRE by mail, by phone or online. In addition, you will need to find a testing center for the GRE's near your location.
  5. Complete an internship program. An internship in OT is required for individuals interested in getting certified as an OT because it provides valuable knowledge and practical experience in an occupational therapy setting.
  6. Pass the certification exam provided and administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). Students become eligible to take the exam after they have received their Master's degree in OT. In addition, practice tests are available online, at the NBCOT website.
  7. Take the Ohio state license exam provided by the Ohio Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Athletic Trainers board (OOTPTAT). In order to be able to take the OT license exam provided by the state, individuals first, need to complete a registration form, pay the required fee and select a test date.
  8. Begin searching for occupational therapy jobs in Ohio, as soon as you receive your license for practicing OT in Ohio. OT's are commonly employed in hospitals, health care facilities, rehabilitation centers and private practices in Ohio.

Tip: It helps to apply to as many OT graduate programs, as possible. It's harder to be accepted into grad school because there are only a few slots to fill. It helps to have plenty of options because it is possible that you will not get into the program of your choice.

Becoming an Occupational Therapist in Ohio can be an emotionally and financially rewarding career.