Occupational Therapy Schools in Colorado with Degree Summaries

Research occupational therapy programs in Colorado, which currently has 4 schools offering programs. Read an overview of degree programs, tuition info and program options for 3 of these schools, and decide which program is right for you.

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Essential Information

Occupational therapists (OTs) and occupational therapy assistants (OTAs) treat patients through physical therapy sessions, strength training, vocational retraining, and adaptive technology training. Students in Colorado can choose to earn an associate's degree in OT assisting, a bachelor's degree in pre-occupational therapy, or a master's or doctoral degree in occupational therapy. Most programs include practicum requirements, such as clinical experiences. Programs might be limited admission. Graduate students typically need to complete a thesis.

Colorado State University - Fort Collins

The Fort Collins campus is the only school in Colorado that offers ACOTE-accredited graduate training for occupational therapists, and students at this institution can earn either master's or doctoral degrees in the field. Master's degree student take courses like occupational performance and rehabilitation science. Master of Science students need to complete a thesis project as well.

The doctoral program focuses on occupation and rehabilitation science, and students complete research, participate in lectures and develop dissertations. The post-professional master's degree program is designed for OT bachelor's degree holders. Applicants to this program also need to have already passed the NBCOT exams.

Colorado State University - Pueblo

This state college in Pueblo offers a bachelor's degree program with a pre-occupational therapy emphasis. Since this program is only pre-OT, it is not accredited by ACOTE. At this university, students must major in psychology or biology to be eligible for the pre-OT emphasis program.

In addition to fulfilling the major requirements, students take emphasis courses like human anatomy and physiology, statistics, medical terminology and disease systems. The pre-occupational therapy emphasis includes 32 units of coursework with both lectures and laboratory training experiences.

Pueblo Community College

Located in Pueblo, this community college's OTA associate degree program is accredited by ACOTE and includes 18 months of coursework and 16 weeks of clinical training. The program is somewhat small and selective at this location, which is partially due to the limited amount of clinical training locations. Courses for this degree program include documentation, activity analysis and movement assessment.

Career Requirements

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, therapists are generally required to hold a master's degree, but assistants only need an associate's degree. Colorado requires OTs to be licensed. Aspiring OTs must complete a program approved by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) and pass certification exams from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). Colorado does not currently require OTAs to be licensed, but most states do.

School Comparison: At a Glance

School Name School Type & Setting Occupational Therapy Degrees Offered Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)
Colorado State University - Fort Collins 4-year, public; midsize city Master of Science in Occupational Therapy
Master of Occupational Therapy
Post-Professional Master of Science in Occupational Therapy
Doctorate of Philosophy in Occupational Rehabilitation Science
$11,357 in-state; $24,925 out-of-state (graduate)*
Colorado State University - Pueblo 4-year, public; midsize city Bachelor of Science Degree with a Pre-Occupational Therapy Emphasis $8,282 in-state; $21,616 out-of-state (undergraduate)*
Pueblo Community College 2-year public, college; midsize city Associate of Applied Science in Occupational Therapy Assisting $6,761 in-state; $14,561 out-of-state (undergraduate)*

Sources: *NCES College Navigator

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