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What do I need to work as an OT in the USA?

  • Publish Date: Posted almost 6 years ago
  • Author:by Kate Andrews

Clearly, it’s a great time to be an occupational therapist (OT). The employment of occupational therapists in the US is projected to grow by nearly a quarter (24%) by 2026. As reported by the US Bureau of Labor in that article, such growth figures reveal this rate is much faster than the average for all occupations.

A great opportunity to work in the US

The demand for occupational therapists is clearly significant. That’s the case whether you practice as an OT internationally already of if you are an occupational therapist currently studying in the US. As a result, internationally trained occupational therapists should look no further and consider taking their career to the United States.

To work as an occupational therapist in the US, you will need a Health Care Worker Certificate. This certificate is issued by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). The NBCOT offers a Verification Certificate that:

  • Reviews an applicant’s educational credentials;
  • Verifies an applicant’s license in their country of education, and;
  • Verifies an applicant’s English proficiency.

What it takes to work as an OT in the US

To be eligible to work as an Occupational Therapist in the US with Conexus Medstaff, there are at least four boxes you’ll have to tick. Specifically, we require you to have:

  • Master’s Degree from an accredited Occupational Therapist program.
  • Five (5) or more years of current physical therapist work experience.
  • Verification Certificate from NBCOT.
  • US state licensure is preferable, but not required (we can help you with this!)

If you don’t currently meet all of the requirements above, don’t worry. We still want to hear from you. Our team of Conexus licensure experts are ready and waiting to provide the assistance you need to make your dream of working as an occupational therapist in the US a reality.