Sunday, April 12, 2015

The ultimate guide for prospective OT students!

Are you considering a career in occupational therapy? Do you want to learn more about how to become an occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant? Are you just curious about the profession of occupational therapy?

Well I have got an answer for you!

Christie, from Mama OT, and I have collaborated to create an exciting new resource for prospective OT students. An e-book answering all of your questions about how to become an OT. And guess what? It's completely free! It's 35 pages packed full of information about what you need to know to become an OT.

We both frequently receive questions from prospective students of all ages and stages of life, so we decided to pool our knowledge and experience to answer those questions once and for all! Not only have we answered all of those questions, but we've packaged it up in an easy to read e-book. We're pretty excited about this project and hope you are too!

We understand that choosing a career is a big decision. We've both been there and we understand. Our goal is to answer common questions in a personable way without overwhelming you or stressing you out. We truly hope that this e-book will help you on your path to deciding if occupational therapy is the career for you.

What's covered in this e-book?

Everything!!! The answers to all of your questions about a career in OT, including:
  • What is OT?
  • What exactly do OTs do?
  • What does a typical day look like for an OT?
  • Why did I choose to become an OT?
  • What should I consider if I want to transition from my current career to a career in OT?
  • How do I know if OT a right fit for me?
  • What are the best and worst parts of working in OT?
  • How do I become an OT?
  • What's the difference between an OT and OTA? 
  • Is it possible to balance family life with a career in OT?
  • Can men make it in a female-dominated profession?
  • What's the pay like?
  • Can I work part time?
  • How's the job market for OTs? 
  • And so much more!!!


Who is this e-book for?

  • Prospective occupational therapy and occupational therapy assistant students.
  • High school guidance counselors.
  • College career and admissions counselors.
  • Occupational therapy practitioners who field questions from students interested in a career in OT.
  • Anyone who wants to learn more about the field of occupational therapy.

I think this e-book is pretty great, but don't just take my word for it. Here's what others are saying:

“If you are considering a career in OT, it is a no-brainer to check out this quick read from Abby and Christie. No other resource gathers the logistics that you need to consider and offers such solid advice. I am grateful that this has been written!”
           - Sarah Lyon, OTR/L, author of the blog OT Potential 

“When I first began pursuing a career in occupational therapy, Abby and Christie’s blogs were some of the most important resources I found in my often unfruitful hunt for information. This book reads just like their blogs – understandable, insightful, and informative – and is a fantastic resource for any person who is interested in pursuing a career as an OT or OTA, regardless of where they are in their journey. From deciding whether to study OT, to getting observation hours, to OT school, fieldwork, and the licensure process, it’s all here! My only issue with this book is that it wasn’t around when I decided to become an OT!”

          - Lauren Jones, Occupational Therapy student and author of the blog Gotta Be OT

"There are more than 180,000 occupational therapy practitioners in the United States and the demand for trained clinicians is expected to increase by 30% in the coming decades. Similarly, public interest in the profession and in educational programs has increased substantially. Christie and Abby provide answers to many of the most common questions that I see from prospective students. They provide an easy-to-read, real world, and friendly perspective on what it means and takes to be an occupational therapist. I highly recommend this e-book for all future occupational therapists as they begin their professional journey.”

          - AndrewPersch, PhD, OTR/L, Assistant Professor, Division of Occupational Therapy

            The Ohio State University

Want a copy? Click the graphic below to download the e-book now! Or simply click HERE.

Feel free to download it, send it to someone you know, and share it on social media using the hashtag #OTguide. This has been a labor of love and we truly hope you enjoy it!

A big THANK YOU to all who helped make this e-book a reality.

I'd like to thank all who offered editorial support along the way to make this e-book the very best it could be: Katherine Collmer, Lauren Jones, Beverly Moskowitz, Andrew Persch, Susan Tucker, Karen Sames, and Christine Jackson. Thank you to my husband for his support of both this project and all of my other big ideas that II always believe need to be done right now. And of course, a huge thank you to my co-author, Christie Kiley. Without her vision and drive this e-book never would have made it to the finish line. Be sure to stop by her e-book launch page and say hi!

P.S. Do you want to know what a typical day in the life of an OT looks like. Be sure to check out this series!


  1. Congratulations on your book! It is truly a wonderful resource, and I'm glad you decided to call it what it is -- a GUIDE to anyone out there who's interested in OT!

    And now I'm off to mass email this to some prospective students.

    Carry on with your awesomeness. lol

    1. Thank you! And a HUGE thank you for the suggestion to use the word guide!

  2. Yeah! So glad this available! I will be spreading the word!

  3. Happy OT month! my class just made this video to celebrate!


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