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Senior Administrative AssistantKathy Bleday
Occupational Therapy, AA
Interested in Helping Others Recover From a Disability?
Occupational therapists help people throughout their lives to participate in things they want and need to do after a disabling event has altered their life. As an occupational therapist, you will intervene by using everyday activities (occupations) in therapeutic ways to enhance the life of your client. You will be able to help children with disabilities to fully participate in school and social situations, help those recovering from injury to regain common and specific occupational skills, and provide support to older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes.
Gulf Coast State College is here to help you build a solid foundation that will prepare you to continue your studies in occupational therapy at a four-year institution. We offer the necessary prerequisites for the state of Florida university baccalaureate programs.
How do You Become an Occupational Therapist?
To become a certified occupational therapist, you must graduate from an accredited school of occupational therapy with a master’s or doctoral degree. Completion of a bachelor’s degree is usually required before starting a master's or doctoral program. It is assumed students will complete prerequisite courses required or recommended by schools of occupational therapy during their pursuit of a bachelor’s degree. Gulf Coast State College in Panama City, Florida, offers many of the required or recommended prerequisite courses a student can take in pursuit of an Associate in Arts Degree before transferring to a four-year institution to complete a bachelor’s degree.
Occupational Therapy Course Requirements
A complete list of courses with descriptions can be found in the Catalog
What can you do with an Occupational Therapy AA Degree?
In this field, people find careers as:
Assistant Rehabilitation Director
Gulf Coast alumni of this program have continued their education at:
University of Florida
Florida State University
University of South Florida
University of Central Florida
Are you ready to Get Started?
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