Online occupational therapy programs are becoming better and better alternatives to those brick and mortar occupational therapy programs, thanks to the online programs' often greater versatility for students.
Get the tips you need to succeed

We know you’re busy, so we're here to take the guesswork out of financial aid, college applications, and how to survive college life. And best of all, it’s free!

Get exclusive test prep info now!

Since score matters, sign up and get our proven test prep tips & 40% off our test prep books. And best of all, it's free!

Petersons Free PSAT Sample Test
Free Sample PSAT® Test Questions & Answers

The PSAT® test is right around the corner. Our FREE sample questions give you a peek into the type of questions you can expect to see on the test.

Get Started

There are occupational therapy programs all over the United States, but they aren't always best suited to the schedules and lives of would-be occupational therapists. Online occupational therapy programs are becoming better and better alternatives to those brick and mortar occupational therapy programs, thanks to the online programs' often greater versatility for students.

Online occupational therapy programs are not inherently better, of course; they do have their advantages and their disadvantages, and both should be taken into account before any interested student makes any decisions about which type of school to attend. But online occupational therapy programs do offer interested individuals another way to pursue occupational therapy degrees, which is particularly important for those individuals who could not otherwise pursue such degrees.

An occupational therapy online degree from an accredited program will be as valuable and useful as a similar degree received from a brick and mortar institution, too. Coming out of an online occupational therapy program, you should be able to earn the same occupational therapy salary as those leaving brick and mortar institutions. 

As long as you approach online occupational therapy programs with a clear head and a smart plan, you'll come out with everything you aim to achieve.

Advantages of online occupational therapy programs

The primary advantages of online occupational therapy programs are fairly obvious. A student participating in online occupational therapy programs doesn't need to attend those programs in person. Such programs will also often be specifically designed to give students a certain amount of flexibility in taking classes and performing important work.

Pursuing an occupational therapy online degree would also most likely be less costly than more traditional options. Online occupational therapy programs often have lower tuition costs than brick and mortar programs, so make sure to look at tuition prices when you're deciding which programs are right for you.

Disadvantages of online occupational therapy programs

The disadvantages of online occupational therapy programs involve issues of accreditation, time, and experience.

  • First of all, some online occupational therapy programs might not be properly accredited. No interested student should ever pursue an occupational therapy online degree from an institution that does not have the appropriate accreditations from the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education.

    This is because occupational therapists must receive their degrees from accredited institutions in order to legally practice as occupational therapists in the United States. The exact rules regarding the requirements for legal practice vary somewhat from state to state; be sure to look into them to make certain of what you have to do.

  • Second of all, students should be aware that the amount of time they must invest in the programs is often quite significant. This isn't always true, and is likely to vary from program to program. But it is possible that an occupational therapy online degree program might take much longer to pursue than a brick and mortar program.

  • Third, a brick and mortar occupational therapy program does have some advantages in terms of providing its students with adequate hands-on experience. Online occupational therapy programs will often take place mostly over Internet communication, and will therefore not necessarily involve a great amount of hands-on experience in occupational therapy. A brick and mortar program might involve more direct experience.

    Again, though, this varies widely depending upon the programs in question, especially because online occupational therapy programs may sometimes offer internship opportunities or hands-on experience opportunities near its students' locations.

Online occupational therapy programs: The right choice?

There is no fast and easy answer about whether or not an occupational therapy online degree is the right choice for you. You'll have to look at both online programs and brick and mortar programs to compare them. Take into account all the advantages and disadvantages, all the pluses and minuses. Yes, you'll have to move for the brick and mortar program, but you'll also get hands-on time with trained occupational therapists and patients. Yes, the online program may take longer, but you'll be able to take classes and do work on your own schedule, without sacrificing important parts of your life as it is now.

It's a decision that only you'll be able to make, but it's most important that you look at these options and make sure to include them in your decision-making process.

Peterson's is YOUR guide to college information
Get exclusive information on schools, scholarships, and test prep

Log in to Peterson's

Forgot your password?

To reset your password, simply enter your email address in the field below and click the Reset Password button. You will receive an email with a link and instructions to reset your password.

Check your email

Please check your email and click on the link provided in the message to reset your password.

{{SchoolName}}

I certify that I am the subscriber to the provided cellular or other wireless number and I authorize {{SchoolName}} and its representatives and agents to contact me regarding educational opportunities at any current and future numbers that I provide for my cellular telephone or other wireless device using automatic dialing systems, artificial or prerecorded messages, and/or SMS text messages, even if I will be charged by my service provider(s) for receiving such communications. Consent is not a condition for receiving more information from {{SchoolName}}, and I understand that if I no longer wish to receive communications, I will need to contact {{SchoolName}} to alter this consent.

Disagree Agree
Petersons Monthly Scholarship

School's out! Don’t spend your summer filling out those dreaded scholarship forms!

Apply in 1-min or less for Peterson's $1,000 scholarship sweepstakes to help cover education expenses.

Enter