Occupational Therapy Expert Answers - Student Doctor Network Wiki

Below are some frequently asked questions that have been answered by SDN Occupational Therapy experts.

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How important are observation hours when applying to OT?

How important are observation hours when applying to OT school? I’ve read of many people who are aides and have lots of hours racked up and I’m still a student so haven’t had the opportunity to do so.


Observation is very important for your own insight about the profession. You may need to talk with each program for suggestions on getting such experience and how much is needed to be considered seriously for their admission process.


Observation hours are important. Schools do want to see that you have seen how OT looks in the real world, but you don’t have to worry about competing with those who are aides and are able to rack up many, many hours. They understand that not every person has that opportunity. You may want to look into the schools you’re considering as many of them do have minimum observation hour requirements.