Occupational Therapy Introduction & Career Guide
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Occupational Therapy Introduction & Career Guide

How to become an Occupational Therapist. Introduction guide to OT. Learn specific OT concepts. Kickstart your OT Career!
4.3 (22 ratings)
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Created by Jeffrey Kou
Last updated 2/2020
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This course includes
  • 2.5 hours on-demand video
  • 10 articles
  • 14 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • How to become an occupational therapist from every step of the way (research, prerequisites, school, fieldwork, studying, passing the boards, interviewing, licensing, and more).
  • How to make an informed and confident decision before pursuing an occupational therapy career.
  • The difference between an occupational therapist (OT) and an occupational therapy assistant (COTA).
  • What occupational therapy means.
  • What occupational therapists do.
  • Who occupational therapists work with.
  • Where occupational therapists work.
  • Theoretical models and frameworks that guide OT practice.
  • Fundamental OT concepts: Practice Framework, Ethics, & Occupational Profile, Evaluation, & more.
  • All 8 occupations: ADLs, IADLs, Sleep, Education, Work, Play, Leisure, & Social participation.
  • Case study examples and practice assignments.
  • How to become a successful occupational therapy practitioner.
  • Career guide & comparison of occupational therapy to similar professions.
  • No prior experience is necessary to enroll in this course.
  • Are you interested in helping others as a career?

  • Are you interested in working with children or adults who struggle in their daily life due to a disability?

  • Do you want to learn more about what occupational therapy is?

  • Are you deciding between a career in occupational therapy versus other professions?

  • Are you researching occupational therapy, but want to gain a better understanding of the profession without having to waste time looking all over the Internet?

No matter if you are just choosing a college major or even thinking about completely changing your career, this will be the right course for you.

In this course of over 35 lessons, you will learn about:

  1. What occupational therapy is.

  2. The perception of occupational therapy in society.

  3. Challenges faced on the job by practitioners.

  4. Why occupational therapy is effective.

  5. Environments and populations that occupational therapists work in and with.

  6. What occupational therapists really do in their work.

  7. The meaningful activities that occupational therapists address.

  8. Foundational theories of occupational therapy practice.

  9. Fundamental OT concepts that provide a preview of what OT school will be like.

  10. And much more!

By taking this course, you will be more prepared for occupational therapy school and be well ahead of your peers.

This course contains engaging videos you can watch at home or on the go, quizzes to test your knowledge, and supplemental resources such as print-outs to provide you with a rich learning experience.

As a real practicing occupational therapist, I will teach you the most important concepts that are essential to becoming a successful occupational therapy practitioner.

This course also includes a step by step guide for how to become an occupational therapist from researching schools, completing pre-requisite courses, being confident and prepared in your interview, what Fieldwork and the Capstone project entails, and how to prepare for the occupational therapy board exam.

You will learn how to collaborate with individuals facing their most challenging disabilities to move forward and to promote meaningful engagement in their life’s most important activities and so much more.

Are you ready to make a difference in your life and the life of others while earning a competitive salary?

Then, what are you waiting for?

Enroll now and I will see you in this class and one day, out in the field!

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Course Updates

  • 1/29/20 - Auto-generated closed captioning has been edited for all videos. You can now learn without audio by reading.

Who this course is for:
  • "Occupational Therapy Introduction & Career Guide" was created for anyone interested in learning more about the field of Occupational Therapy.
  • An interest in healthcare, working with children or adults, helping others, and using your creativity.
  • Anyone including: (1) High school students, (2) College students, (3) College graduates, (4) Current working individuals, (5) Occupational therapy candidates, (6) Current occupational therapy students, (7) New grad occupational therapy students, or (8) Anyone considering a career change
  • Anyone who is wondering if occupational therapy may be the right fit for them.
Course content
Expand all 44 lectures 02:46:51
+ Introduction to Occupational Therapy
12 lectures 50:57
  • Course Introduction

  • Overview of learning objectives

  • About the Instructor

Preview 02:09
  • Definitions of occupational therapy

Occupational Therapy Defined

• The perception of occupational therapy in society.

The Perception of Occupational Therapy in Society

• The importance of hospital readmissions.

• How hospital readmissions affect us on the macro and micro levels.

• Reading an evidence-based research study to support your practice.

• Occupational therapy’s role and its effect on hospital readmissions.

Is Occupational Therapy Effective
  • A challenge faced by occupational therapists.

  • How to turn a physical therapy goal into an occupational therapy goal.

  • The importance of educating the public about occupational therapy.

A Challenge Faced by Occupational Therapists
  • What the mandate is.

  • How the mandate affects current students.

  • How the mandate may affect new students.

Bachelor's and Doctorate Degree Mandate

• The types of credentials in occupational therapy.

• What each letter in the abbreviation means.

• How to obtain each credential.

• Additional specialty credentials you can obtain.

Credentials and Alphabet Soup

• The different schooling to become an OTR and COTA.

• The definition of Scope of Practice.

• The differences in scope between OTRs and COTAs.

• Some considerations in becoming an OTR versus COTA.


• Where occupational therapists often work.

• How occupational therapists spend their time at work.

Work Environments
Daytime Outpatient Mental Health OT
Addressing Job Burnout
+ The Occupations
9 lectures 45:55
  • The nine activities of daily living.

Activities of Daily Living (ADL's)
ADL Interventions
Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADL's)

Test your knowledge of ADLs and IADLs.

8 questions
Rest and Sleep

Test your knowledge of rest and sleep.

Rest and Sleep Quiz
5 questions

Test your knowledge of the leisure occupation.

Leisure Quiz
5 questions
Social Participation
+ Theories of OT Practice
8 lectures 27:50
Introduction to Theories
Person-Environment-Occupation (PEO)
Model of Human Occupation (MOHO)
Biomechanical & Rehabilitative
  • Definition of the human development model.

  • Popular theories of development.

  • Developmental function versus dysfunction.

  • The milestones of human development from birth.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • The definition of mindfulness.

  • The structure of mindfulness interventions.

  • The benefits of mindfulness.

  • Strategies for practicing mindfulness.

+ Fundamental OT Concepts
5 lectures 18:38
Patient vs. Client
Code of Ethics
  • The Occupational Therapy Practice Framework, or OTPF.

  • Contents of the OTPF.

  • Why the OTPF is important to occupational therapy.

Occupational Therapy Practice Framework (OTPF)
Occupational Profile

Test your knowledge of how to apply the occupational profile.

Occupational Profile - Case Studies Quiz
8 questions
Occupation as MEANS and END
+ How to Become an Occupational Therapist (BONUS SECTION)
10 lectures 23:31
Introduction to How to Become an Occupational Therapist
  • Organizing your research.

  • Comparing other professions.

  • Researching OT schools.

  • Some tips to get started.

Research and Preparation

Spreadsheet of the most affordable occupational therapy schools in the United States.

Cheapest OT Schools
  • Common requirements to apply to an OT program.

  • Common perquisites to apply to an OT program.

  • Tips and suggestions to help you be prepared.

Prerequisites and Requirements
  • What volunteering and shadowing mean.

  • Recommended paths to take to obtain volunteering hours.

  • How to get shadowing hours.

Volunteering (Shadowing) Hours

How to prepare for the school applicant interview.

School Applicant Interview
  • What a capstone project is.

  • How to be successful in your capstone project.

  • Explore an example of a previous capstone poster.

Capstone (Thesis) Project
Fieldwork Overview
  • Who administers the OT Board Exam.

  • The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy.

  • The NBCOT’s mission and intention.

  • The format of the NBCOT Exam.

  • Resources to prepare for the NBCOT Exam.

OT Board (NBCOT) Exam
OT Job Interview