By Brad - Monday 7 Jul 2:28 pm
To be able to study Occupational Therapy, there are certain requirements that each prospective student should be able to meet.
The University or College you are enrolling in will determine the exact specifications you need to follow. It is highly recommended that you have a strong scientific and biological background, and some Universities will specify Mathematics to be compulsory. You will need to have done some, or in a number of cases, all of the following courses:
- Anatomy and Physiology
- Physical Science
- Social Sciences
These subjects will all give a solid grounding when entering the vast and competitive workplace of Occupational Therapy Jobs.
There are also a small range of health requirements that need to be adhered to with most Universities. Obviously a person working within the industry of health and medicine must come across as a role model for their clients. This is the reasoning behind the following possible health requirements.
- Vaccinations – most faculties recommend having an up to date vaccination record before initiating studies
- Certain Blood Tests
- Skin Tests
There are many different forms of Occupational Therapy Jobs. Once qualified, you can specialise in a chosen domain that suits your personal inclination and interests. Some of the choices you have are:
- Rehabilitative Occupational Therapy Jobs. Treating patients after accidents or injury, which is one of the more widespread choices
- Another vast percentage specialise in Occupational Therapy jobs working with children. This form of OT includes Play Occupational Therapy, which incorporates playtime into teaching a child to sit properly or to teach them to use lazy muscles again
- Specialising in disabilities, for example: autism, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy etc. By encouraging an improvement in fine and gross motor co-ordination and muscular stimulation
- Occupational Therapy Jobs for clients following surgical procedures, for example: After hip or any joint replacement surgery
- Hand Occupational Therapists, specialising in hands alone
- Another popular direction for Occupational Therapists to follow is into the workplace where they encourage wellness, the correct postural positions to sit in and healthy habits amongst colleagues. This serves well in schools too.
- Working with the older generation, stimulating movement amongst the more sedentary groups of people is also a popular avenue for Occupational Therapists.
Occupational Therapy Jobs are varied and can be moulded to fit in with many different work areas.
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