Is OT school difficult?
The short answer is: YES, occupational therapy school is hard. But so is physical therapy school, nursing school, medical school, pharmacy school, physician’s assistant school, etc. All healthcare degrees are going to be challenging, and for good reason.
Why is ot school so expensive?
The combination of higher living expenses, tuition increases each year, interest accruing on the loans, and some leftover loans from undergrad push the cost of becoming an OT well above what was anticipated.
Can occupational therapists get loan forgiveness?
Unfortunately, occupational therapy doesn’t have a ton of loan forgiveness options like some other health-related professions. Years ago, the American Occupational Therapy Association got authorization for loan forgiveness of $10,000 over a five-year period for qualified OTs working in specific fields.
Is there a high demand for occupational therapists?
The demand for occupational therapists is rising, with job growth expected to increase 27% from 2014 through 2024, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. The aging population is definitely driving those numbers, but it’s not the only cause.