Becoming an Occupational Therapist

MSOT photo 3Occupational therapists are university-educated, regulated health professionals.

The occupational therapy program incorporates classroom work, hands-on training, extensive research projects, and fieldwork education.

To become an occupational therapist, a person must:

  • Graduate from an accredited university program with a master’s degree in occupational therapy
  • Complete 1000 hours of fieldwork education
  • Pass the national certification exam and meet provincial qualifications
  • Maintain competence to practice occupational therapy, according to the requirements of your province’s regulatory organization.


For more information on becoming an occupational therapist, visit the University of Manitoba, College of Rehabilitation Sciences website.

Still not sure? You can arrange to meet with an occupational therapist through the University of Manitoba’s Career Mentor Program.