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Top Occupational Therapy Master's Degree Programs Online

A master's degree in occupational therapy prepares you for attaining top jobs in the business, while a master's degree in physical therapy prepares you for earning a doctorate degree in physical therapy.

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Edward Via Col. of Osteopathic Med.--Virginia and CarolinasMedical
Blacksburg, VA

Emory UniversityMedical
Atlanta, GA

Florida State UniversityMedical
Tallahassee, FL

George Washington UniversityMedical
Washington, DC

Georgetown UniversityMedical
Washington, DC

Georgia Regents UniversityMedical
Augusta, GA

Harvard UniversityMedical
Boston, MA

Howard UniversityMedical
Washington, DC

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount SinaiMedical
New York, NY

Indiana University--IndianapolisMedical
Indianapolis, IN

Jefferson Medical CollegeMedical
Philadelphia, PA

Johns Hopkins UniversityMedical
Baltimore, MD

Kansas City University of Medicine and BiosciencesMedical
Kansas City, MO

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic MedicineMedical
Erie, PA

Loma Linda UniversityMedical
Loma Linda, CA

Loyola University ChicagoMedical
Maywood, IL

LSU Health Sciences Center--New OrleansMedical
New Orleans, LA

LSU Health Sciences Center--ShreveportMedical
Shreveport, LA

Marshall UniversityMedical
Huntington, WV

Mayo Medical SchoolMedical
Rochester, MN

Medical College of WisconsinMedical
Milwaukee, WI

Medical University of South CarolinaMedical
Charleston, SC

Meharry Medical CollegeMedical
Nashville, TN

Mercer UniversityMedical
Macon, GA

Michigan State UniversityMedical
Grand Rapids, MI

Michigan State UniversityMedical
East Lansing, MI

Midwestern UniversityMedical
Downers Grove, IL

Midwestern UniversityMedical
Glendale, AZ

Morehouse School of MedicineMedical
Atlanta, GA

New York Institute of TechnologyMedical
Long Island, NY

New York Medical CollegeMedical
Valhalla, NY

New York UniversityMedical
New York, NY

Northeast Ohio Medical UniversityMedical
Rootstown, OH

Northwestern UniversityMedical
Chicago, IL

Nova Southeastern UniversityMedical
Fort Lauderdale, FL

Ohio State UniversityMedical
Columbus, OH

Ohio UniversityMedical
Athens, OH

Oklahoma State UniversityMedical
Tulsa, OK

Oregon Health and Science UniversityMedical
Portland, OR

Pennsylvania State University College of MedicineMedical
Hershey, PA

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic MedicineMedical
Philadelphia, PA

Ponce School of MedicineMedical
Ponce, PR

Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and ScienceMedical
North Chicago, IL

Rowan UniversityMedical
Stratford, NJ

Rush UniversityMedical
Chicago, IL

Rutgers Biomedical and Health SciencesMedical
Newark, NJ

Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical SchoolMedical
New Brunswick, NJ

Southern Illinois University--SpringfieldMedical
Springfield, IL

St. Louis UniversityMedical
St. Louis, MO

Stanford UniversityMedical
Stanford, CA


Earn Your Master's Degree in Occupational Therapy Online

The job outlook for physical and occupational therapists is excellent. According to the latest U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data, physical therapist jobs should increase by 39% and occupational therapist jobs by 33% through 2020. This is a pace that is much faster than average when compared to that of all occupations.

Physical therapists made a median salary of $76,310 in 2010, according to the BLS, while occupational therapists made $72,320.

Physical and Occupational Therapist Job Description

Physical therapists work with patients to manage chronic pain and recover movement lost to illness, accident or the aging process. Some typical duties of a physical therapist might include diagnosing patients by observing their physical abilities and interviewing them, designing a physical treatment plan and monitoring the patient’s progress and using various treatments, including stretching exercises, massage and applying heat and cold to the patients.

Occupational therapists work with a variety of patients, including older patients with memory issues, autistic children or children with sensory integration issues, those with chronic pain who want to learn daily exercises that can help them manage their condition, ptients who recently have had to start using medical equipment, such as wheelchairs or hearing aids and families of patients who need help understanding changes they will have to make in their daily lives to help patients deal with new healthcare situations.

Physical and Occupational Therapist Degrees and Certificates

Most occupational therapists must earn a master’s degree in occupational therapy in order to secure a job in the field. Typically, a master’s degree in occupational therapy will take two years to complete. At some schools, it’s possible to earn a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in a dual program that takes 5 years to complete. Most courses include supervised field work.

For physical therapists, a master's degree typically is another step toward earning a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. Doctoral programs typically include coursework in biomechanics, anatomy, physiology, neuroscience and pharmacology.