Occupational Therapy Jobs Arizona: Courses and Schools to Consider

2 04 2009

So you’ve decided to pursue the occupational therapy jobs Arizona has to offer. The first thing you have to do is earn your degree.

Your first task is to earn a bachelor’s degree and take some courses related to occupational therapy. Then you’ll have to earn you master’s degree in occupational therapy, which is required in order to become licensed and begin working. You also may or may not choose to earn a doctoral degree.

Although degree programs vary from school to school, there are many core courses you can expect to take when earning a degree in occupational therapy. These classes range in topic from developmental fieldwork to adaptive living skills to applied pediatric neuroscience.

Some of the classes you’re most likely to take include:

  • Special topics in occupational therapy
  • Developmental fieldwork
  • Supervision in occupational therapy
  • Physical disabilities/Psychiatric fieldwork
  • Preventive healthcare and patient education
  • Adaptive living skills
  • Cognitive rehabilitation
  • Technology in occupational therapy intervention
  • Occupational therapy seminar
  • Applied pediatric neuroscience
  • Gerontic occupational therapy

There are a number of schools in Arizona that offer occupational therapy degree programs, but according to Education-Portal.com, all of the best programs are outside of the state. These schools are more than capable of preparing you for future Phoenix healthcare jobs.

The top 20 schools for occupational therapy include:

  1. Ohio State University
  2. University of Florida
  3. New York University
  4. University of Wisconsin-Madison
  5. University of Washington
  6. University of Southern California
  7. San Jose State University
  8. Boston University
  9. University of Kansas
  10. Colorado State University
  11. University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
  12. University of Pittsburgh
  13. Columbia University
  14. Eastern Kentucky University
  15. Washington University in St. Louis
  16. Duquesne University
  17. Tufts University
  18. St. Catherine University
  19. University of Puget Sound
  20. University of Texas Medical Branch
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