Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists

Required education and knowledge to become an occupational therapist

Occupational therapists are university educatedand complete a minimum of 1000 hours of supervised fieldwork experience (on-the-job training). The accreditation standards set by the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT) accepts the baccalaureate degree in occupational therapy as the minimal educational requirement for entry-level education in Canada. CAOT also supports master's entry-level programs. In choosing among different occupational therapy education programs CAOT recommends that you contact the individual university for admission requirements, course descriptions and curriculum.

You may be interested in reviewing The Profile of Occupational Therapy Practice in Canada (CAOT, 2012), which describes the competencies recommended for the ongoing practice as an occupational therapist in Canada.




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