New Hampshire is the 5th smallest by land area and the 9th least populous state out of the 50 states of the United States of America. Despite less population, there are tremendous job opportunities available for the occupational therapy professionals in the state. As a result, many students prefer this place to pursue their career as occupational aides, assistants, and therapists. According to the BLS, the average annual and hourly income of occupational therapy professionals, in New Hampshire was $77,770 and $37.39 (in May 2015), respectively (1). Procedure for the license of these professionals is regulated under state licensing body named as New Hampshire Occupational Therapy Governing Board . The authorities at board may take some weeks or months to issue the license, after the complete verification of all the documents and transcripts.

Occupational therapy schools in New Hampshire offer various courses that are required to get different job titles of occupational therapy including master’s, bachelor’s, doctorate’s, associates’, and dual degree. Candidates who are already working as registered occupational therapists in the state can get their master’s degree in 1 or 2 years, while graduates from other streams will get it in 2 to 3 years. Dual degree is the most appropriate one for those who want to do both graduation and post graduation in just 5 years. Before enrolling for any course in a school, candidates must confirm that it should be Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) or American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) approved, must have a good past reputation, and a good number of students enrolled in it for the last 5 years.

For more information about the accredited schools, procedure to become an OT, and the salary figures in different cities of the state of New Hampshire, read below:

Approved Occupational Therapy Schools in New Hampshire

  • University of New Hampshire
    Address – The University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH 03824
    Contact No. – 603-862-1234
    Official Websitehttp://www.unh.edu/
  • River Valley Community College
    Address – 1 College Place, Claremont, NH 03743
    Contact No. – 603-542-7744
    Official Websitehttp://www.rivervalley.edu/

Stepwise Procedure to Become an Occupational Therapist in New Hampshire

According to the data of the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 1,160 employed and licensed occupational therapists in New Hampshire in May 2015. Great career outlook and high salary in the state makes it a suitable place for individuals to become an occupational therapist. Most of the conditions to get a license as a registered occupational therapist are just the same in all the states, but some requirements may differ with the place. Thus, in New Hampshire, the licensing body offers a distinct procedure to issue license to the applicants. There are two levels to apply for it, one is for occupational therapy assistants and the other is for the occupational therapists. While waiting to sit for the permanent licensure exam, you can apply for a temporary license at either of the two levels. But, for this, you need to work under the supervision of a licensed occupational therapist with at least an year of licensure with the state. Licensing body of New Hampshire, also offers rules for Physical Agent Modalities (PAMS) and provide certification for licensed Occupational therapists who are theoretically trained and have practiced clinical application.

Step 1 – Graduation from an Accredited School of Occupational Therapy

The first step to becoming licensed as an occupational therapist in New Hampshire is to complete your graduation in the field from an ACOTE or AOTA approved college, university or school with a bachelor’s, master’s or a dual degree course. There is only one school in the state of New Hampshire that offers a course in registered occupational therapy. For the basic information about the approved occupational therapy schools in the state, you can refer to the list included in this article.

Step 2 – Complete the Internship or Practicum

Field program is quite essential in every job to understand the real life situations one has to deal with. Thus, it is one of the requisites to become a licensed occupational therapist in New Hampshire. One has to complete an internship or practicum of 24 weeks under the supervision of a registered occupational therapist in a clinical setting or hospital to be eligible of acquiring the licensure.

Step 3 – Pass the National Certification Exam

For the individuals who are seeking for a state license as an occupational therapist in New Hampshire, it is a must to pass the national certification exam for occupational therapists known as Occupational Therapist Registered (OTR) exam. It is offered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). In order to qualify, you have to score a minimum of 450 marks.

Step 4 – Application for the State License

After passing the OTR exam, candidates have to submit the application form for occupational therapy license to the licensing body in New Hampshire. For this, they have to submit a completely filled and properly signed application with the license fee in the form of a money order or check. With this, submission of all the transcripts from the past schools they have attended so far, verification of certification from NBCOT, and the verification of licensure from all the past states they have practiced till date needs to be attached. Issuance of license may take some weeks after proper verification of documents and other transcripts.

Step 5 – Maintenance of the Licensure

It is quite important for the professionals to maintain their license. To renew it, they have to complete 20 continuing professional education contact hours within the licensure period of 2 years. After the license renewal, you can continue working as a registered occupational therapist without any interference by the board.

Salary of Occupational Therapists in New Hampshire

As per indeed.com, the salary of an occupational therapist in New Hampshire was $85,000 as of May 5, 2016.

Average Salary of Professionals with Similar Job Titles

OT Occupational Therapist Therapy $100,000
Occupational Therapist Acute $85,000
Occupational Therapist Pediatric Outpatient $85,000
Occupational Therapist Hand $91,000
Outpatient Occupational Therapist $94,000
Occupational Therapist School $85,000
Occupational Therapist Rehab $85,000
Occupational Therapist Pediatric $85,000
Occupational Therapist Psych $85,000
Occupational Therapist Occupational Therapy $85,000
Occupational Therapist Home Health $93,000
Occupational Therapist Rotation $50,000
OT Occupational Therapy $101,000
Occupational Therapist Skilled $85,000
Occupational Therapist Outpatient $85,000

Information Source: indeed.com

From the table above, we can analyze that the wage of OT Occupational Therapy is highest among all the related jobs titles of occupational therapy in New Hampshire at $101,000 while the lowest is of Occupational Therapy Rotation at $50,000.

Annual Median Salaries of OTs in Different Cities of New Hampshire

Name of the City Annual Median Salary
Bedford $85,444
Concord $85,444
Derry $85,444
Dover $82,693
Keene $85,444
Manchester $85,444
Merrimack $85,444
Nashua $85,444
Portsmouth $82,693
Rochester $82,693
Salem $85,444

Information Source: salary.com

From the table above, we can conclude that wage of an occupational therapist, among the different cities of New Hampshire is highest in 8 out of 11 cities at $85,444 and lowest is in Dover, Portsmouth and Rochester at $80,693 as on April 26, 2016.