Becoming A Therapist: Physical Therapy vs. Occupational Therapy

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Are you still trying to decide whether you should become a physical therapist or an occupational therapist? Are you looking to further your career in one of the two fields? Learn the differences between the two professions and the steps you need to take to reach your career goals!

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Becoming A Therapist: Physical Therapy vs. Occupational Therapy

  1. 1. DPT (DOCTOR OF PHYSICAL THERAPY) • Typically a 3-year program • 80 percent classroom/lab study • 20 percent clinical experience • Bachelor’s degree usually required • Some programs offer entry directly from high school Popular Specializations Educational Requirements HOW TO BECOME A THERAPIST Therapy careers are great opportunities! Are you still trying to decide whether to become a physical therapist or an occupational therapist? Learn the differences between the two professions, and the steps you need to take to reach your career goals. OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST • Earn a bachelor’s degree, preferably in a relevant field such as biology, health science • Earn a master’s degree in a program approved by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) • Master’s programs usually take two years • 16 weeks of field work required in addition to classroom/lab study • Doctoral programs also available OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST • Eating and vision impairment • Geriatric • Mental health • Mobility • Pediatrics • Physical rehabilitation • Environmental modification for the disabled Licensing PHYSICAL THERAPY • Pass the National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE) • Can retake exam no more than three times per 12-month period • Meet additional requirements of your state board OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY • Pass the National Board for Certification of Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) exam • Can retake exam after 45 days • Additional requirements vary from state to state Average Pay Job Outlook OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY 34%MEDIAN INCOME $85,790 27%MEDIAN INCOME $81,690 PHYSICAL THERAPY EXPECTED JOB GROWTH FROM 2014 TO 2024 This infographic is brought to you by Progressus Therapy, the nation’s leader in school-based therapy and early intervention programs and services for school districts and communities across the country. PHYSICAL THERAPIST • Cardiovascular/pulmonary • Clinical electrophysiology • Geriatrics • Neurology • Orthopedics • Pediatrics • Sports physical therapy • Women’s health WWW.PROGRESSUSTHERAPY.COM PHYSICAL THERAPIST • Consult with patients to assess needs • Develop and conduct treatment plans to improve motion and mobility • Teach patients how to do exercises • Keep patient records • Track patient progress • Develop in-home treatment, fitness and wellness plans Typical Job Duties OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST • Test and evaluate patient physical/mental abilities • Develop, oversee and conduct rehabilitation plans • Keep patient records • Track patient progress • Recommend changes to patient work and living environments • Provide guidance for patient care to families and caregivers Becoming A Therapist: PHYSICAL THERAPY VS. OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY

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