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Healthcare102

Are there any online programs for occupational therapists? Whether it be entry level or OTA to OT bridge?
 

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As of now, no. There are hybrid programs with an online element. These are found on the AOTA website.
 
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As of now, no. There are hybrid programs with an online element. These are found on the AOTA website.

Well I know many are hybrid in the sense that the classes are online but there is an in person clinical fieldwork component too.

I guess what I would like to know is, are any of these programs designed for distance learning where you can take all the courses online and they'll set you up with clinical sites in your area/ state
 
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No, there is not.

Oh ok thank you, hopefully some time down the road they will have some. Do you know if as an OTA if you do an OTA to OT bridge program if the classes from the OTA are applied to the OT portion therefore lessening the length of time to get the Masters vs if you do it entry level with no OTA background?
 

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I'm two semesters into OT school. One of my classes this year spent over half the time either watching the professor perform hands-on tasks, or having students perform these tasks on each other. Things like transfers, manual muscle testing, using goniometers to measure joint range of motion. And doing these with someone watching you that can provide feedback so that you use "proper body mechanics".

I extremely doubt that a completely online MOT program for non-OTAs is possible. If it was, it would greatly shortchange the students. You can't wait until fieldwork to do these kind of hands-on tasks for the first time. The best you can hope for would to get in a program that squeezes in those hands-on tasks into a couple weekends a semester.

For an OTA to OT bridge program, I could potentially see a completely online program (except for fieldwork). However, then you'd potentially see redoing your bachelor's degree program over, or retaking material from the OTA program because the students would come from a variety of schools that cover slightly different material.
 
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