Occupational Therapy in Texas: Schools, Certification Procedure and Salary

These days occupational therapist has become an attractive field for youngsters as future prospects seem to be bright. Aspirants require bachelor’s degree (a 4-year coursework) or master’s degree (a 2-year coursework) to become an OT. The curriculum is designed to offer clinical as well as theoretical knowledge to the students. Before enrolling in any school, one must assure that it is accredited by the AOTA (American Occupational Therapy Association). Stroke rehabilitation, psychosocial difficulties, sensory integration, developmental disabilities, hand therapy, childhood intervention are some topics which are covered in the program.

In May 2014 (as per the Bureau of Labor Statistics), Texas was the third state to give highest employment to the OTs. It employed 7,320 occupational therapists and the employment per thousand jobs was 0.65. Annual and hourly wages of these occupational therapists was $89,690 and $43.12 , respectively.

Schools for Occupational Therapists in Texas

There are many schools in Texas that offer academic courses for occupational therapists to make the aspirants ready for caring and assisting the patients going through some mental, physical, emotional or any other kind of problem, in order to make their everyday life easier.

Here is a list of some best schools of Texas:-

  • Amarillo College
    – 2201 South Washington Street, Amarillo, Texas 79109
    Contact No. – 806-371-5000
    Official Websitehttps://www.actx.edu
  • Abilene Christian University
    – 1600 Campus Court, Abilene Texas, 79699
    Contact No. – 325-674-2000
    Official Websitehttp://www.acu.edu
  • Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock
    – 3601 4th Street, MS6235, Lubbock, TX 79430
    Contact No. – 806-743-2143
    Official Websitehttp://www.ttuhsc.edu
  • Texas Woman’s University
    – 304 Administration Drive, Denton, TX 76204
    Contact No. – 940-898-2000
    Official Websitehttp://www.twu.edu
  • The University of Texas at El Paso
    – 500 West University Avenue, El Paso, Texas 79968
    Contact No. – 915-747-5000
    Official Websitehttps://www.utep.edu
  • The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
    – 7703 Floyd Curl Drive, San Antonio, TX 78229
    Contact No. – 210-567-7000
    Official Websitehttp://www.uthscsa.edu
  • The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
    – 301 University Boulevard, Galveston, TX 77555
    Contact No. – 409-747-9055
    Official Websitehttp://www.utmb.edu
  • The University of Texas-Pan American
    – 1201 West University Drive, Edinburg, TX 78539
    Contact No. – (866) 441-UTPA
    Official Websitehttp://www.utpa.edu
  • Baylor University
    – Waco, Texas 76798
    Contact No. – 800-229-5678
    Official Websitehttp://www.baylor.edu
  • Lubbock Christian University
    – 5601 19th Street, Lubbock, Texas 79407
    Contact No. – 806-720-7151
    Official Websitehttps://lcu.edu
  • The University of Texas Health Science Center at Laredo
    – 1937 Bustamante Street, Laredo, TX 78041
    Contact No. – 956-523-7445
    Official Websitehttp://laredo.uthscsa.edu
  • Texas Woman’s University, Houston
    – 6700 Fannin Houston, TX 77030
    Contact No. – 713-794-2000
    Official Websitehttp://www.twu.edu/houston

License Requirements for Occupational Therapists in Texas

Prerequisites for obtaining an occupational therapist license are almost same for all the states of the U.S., but every state may have some additional requirements.

Some basic prerequisites are as follows:

  • Complete graduation from an Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) or American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Accredited School.
  • Complete minimum 6 months of clinical occupational therapy experience supervised by a licensed occupational therapist.
  • Pass the Occupational Therapist Registered (OTR) exam to get certified at the national level. This exam is conducted by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy. It is compulsory for the candidates to score at least 70 percentile.
  • After clearing the Jurisprudence test, apply for a license in Texas. Jurisprudence exam consists of 20 questions. The board provides a license in between 1 to 4 days after receiving the receipt of all the essential documents.
  • Time to time renewal of license is also very important. In order to renew your licensure, you need to complete at least 30 continuing education hours during your current licensure period.

Salary of Occupational Therapists in Texas

As per indeed.com, the salary of occupational therapists in Texas was $84,000 per annum (as of March 15, 2016). The average salary of jobs with related titles was as follows:

Occupational Therapist Home Health $92,000
Occupational Therapist Rotation $49,000
Occupational Therapist Pediatric Outpatient $84,000
Occupational Therapist Hand $90,000
Occupational Therapist Rehab $84,000
Occupational Therapist Pediatric $84,000
Occupational Therapist Skilled $84,000
Outpatient Occupational Therapist $92,000
Occupational Therapist School $84,000
OT Occupational Therapist Therapy $98,000
Occupational Therapist Outpatient $84,000
Occupational Therapist Acute $84,000
OT Occupational Therapy $99,000
Occupational Therapist Psych $84,000
Occupational Therapist Occupational Therapy $84,000

Information Source: indeed.com (as of March 10, 2016)

OT Occupational Therapy LPNs were the highest paid professionals who made $99,000 per annum. Most of the licensed practical nurses with the similar titles earned average annual income of $84,000.

As per salary.com, the median wages of occupational therapists in Texas was $80,561 in February 22, 2016. However, salaries of occupational therapists may vary from city to city depending on the factors like population and general competitiveness in the market.

Name of the City Annual Median Salary
Abilene $71,755
Amarillo $70,346
Arlington $79,328
Austin $77,604
Beaumont $74,728
Brownsville $71,095
Carrollton $81,020
Corpus Christi $69,210
Dallas $81,020
Denton $79,328
EI Paso $67,792
Fort Worth $79,328
Frisco $81,020
Galveston $75,308
Garland $81,020
Grand Prairie $81,020
Harlingen $71,095
Houston $81,044
Irving $81,020
Killeen $71,892
Laredo $68,348
Longview $74,575
Lubbock $63,288
McAllen $68,348
McKinney $81,020
Mesquite $81,020
Midland $63,288
Odessa $63,288
Pasadena $81,044
Plano $81,020
Port Arthur $74,728
Richardson $81,020
Round Rock $77,604
San Antonio $75,590
Temple $72,408
Waco $73,077
Wichita Fallsl $73,616

Information Source: salary.com (as of March 2016)