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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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Thomas Jefferson UniversityMedical
Philadelphia, PA

Touro University CaliforniaMedical
Vallejo, CA

Tufts UniversityMedical
Boston, MA

Tulane UniversityMedical
New Orleans, LA

Uniformed Services University of the Health SciencesMedical
Bethesda, MD

Universidad Central del CaribeMedical
Bayamon, PR

University at Buffalo--SUNYMedical
Buffalo, NY

University of Alabama--BirminghamMedical
Birmingham, AL

University of ArizonaMedical
Tucson, AZ

University of Arkansas for Medical SciencesMedical
Little Rock, AR

University of California--DavisMedical
Sacramento, CA

University of California--IrvineMedical
Irvine, CA

University of California--Los AngelesMedical
Los Angeles, CA

University of California--San DiegoMedical
La Jolla, CA

University of California--San FranciscoMedical
San Francisco, CA

University of ChicagoMedical
Chicago, IL

University of CincinnatiMedical
Cincinnati, OH

University of ColoradoMedical
Aurora, CO

University of ConnecticutMedical
Farmington, CT

University of FloridaMedical
Gainesville, FL

University of Hawaii--ManoaMedical
Honolulu, HI

University of IllinoisMedical
Chicago, IL

University of IowaMedical
Iowa City, IA

University of Kansas Medical CenterMedical
Kansas City, KS

University of KentuckyMedical
Lexington, KY

University of LouisvilleMedical
Louisville, KY

University of MarylandMedical
Baltimore, MD

University of Massachusetts--WorcesterMedical
Worcester, MA

University of MiamiMedical
Miami, FL

University of Michigan--Ann ArborMedical
Ann Arbor, MI

University of MinnesotaMedical
Minneapolis, MN

University of MississippiMedical
Jackson, MS

University of MissouriMedical
Columbia, MO

University of Missouri--Kansas CityMedical
Kansas City, MO

University of Nebraska Medical CenterMedical
Omaha, NE

University of NevadaMedical
Reno, NV

University of New EnglandMedical
Biddeford, ME

University of New MexicoMedical
Albuquerque, NM

University of North Carolina--Chapel HillMedical
Chapel Hill, NC

University of North DakotaMedical
Grand Forks, ND

University of North Texas Health Science CenterMedical
Fort Worth, TX

University of OklahomaMedical
Oklahoma City, OK

University of PennsylvaniaMedical
Philadelphia, PA

University of PikevilleMedical
Pikeville, KY

University of PittsburghMedical
Pittsburgh, PA

University of Puerto Rico School of MedicineMedical
San Juan, PR

University of RochesterMedical
Rochester, NY

University of South AlabamaMedical
Mobile, AL

University of South CarolinaMedical
Columbia, SC

University of South DakotaMedical
Sioux Falls, SD

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.