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Oklahoma Occupational Therapy Programs

Occupational Therapy programs are designed to teach individuals how to help patients through rehabilitation after sustaining a serious injury or being diagnosed with a chronic condition or disorder that affects the quality of their life. Occupational Therapy in Oklahoma (and other parts of the US) is one of the fastest growing careers with a hopeful employment outlook, as well. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics and the American Occupational Therapy Association, employment for Occupational Therapists is expected to rise by at least 27 percent in the coming years. Therefore, occupational therapy is a promising career path for individuals living in Oklahoma and other states.

There are several occupational therapy programs in Oklahoma, but not all programs have been certified by the ACOTE (Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education). The ACOTE conducts on-site evaluations (at five, seven and 10-year intervals) before passing along their seal of accreditation and approval.

ACOTE-Accredited OT Programs in Oklahoma

*Southwestern Oklahoma State University/Caddo Kiowa Technology Center

This program offers students the opportunity to earn their Associate's degree in Occupational Therapy. This school is located in Fort Cobb, OK. For the 2007-2009 academic years, the program had 39 graduates, out of those 39 -- 38 graduates took the NBCOT certification exam and 33 of those students passed, the first time. Therefore, students in the SOSU's OT program had an impressive 87 percent success rate for first-time test-takers who passed the NBCOT exam.

*Murray State College

The Occupational Therapy Assistant program at Murray State College in Tishomingo, Oklahoma offers the opportunity for students to get an Associate's degree in OTA. Students, who wish to apply for an additional year of the OTA program at MSU will first, need to complete 34 hours of clinical fieldwork prerequisites in order to qualify for the sixteen-month program. The A.A.S. degree at Murray State College, prepares students to take the nationally administered certification exam.

*Oklahoma City Community College

OCCC in Oklahoma City offers an accredited Occupational Therapy Assistant program (OTA) that allows individuals to achieve their Associate's degree as an Occupational Therapy Assistant. Applicants who are interested will need to apply for the program during the fall. The students that are selected for this program are chosen based on their GPA; any applicants that are not chosen are placed as an alternate on the list. Students who successfully complete the requirements of the OTA program will receive their Associate's degree in Applied Science (with at least 72 to 73 semester credits) at Oklahoma City Community College. Graduates of the program are also eligible to take the National Certification Exam (NBCOT). The results for 2007-2009 graduates of OCCC's Occupational Therapy Assistant Program are as follows: Out of the 58 total graduates, 54 students took the NBCOT within the first year of graduation and 47 passed the test the first time, which means that first-time test takers who graduated from the program within the last three years, had an 87 percent success rate.

*Tulsa Community College - Metro Campus

This community college in Tulsa allows students to earn their Associate's degree in the college's accredited Occupational Therapy Assistant Program. An OTA is trained to perform OT procedures and tasks under the supervision and direction of a Registered Occupational Therapist. Graduates of the Tulsa Community College's OTA program are eligible to sit for the NBCOT and with successful completion of the exam will be certified as an Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA).