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Occupational therapy or physical therapy?!

I am going to school and it's almost time for me to apply to a degree program! I don't know which one to choose! It's between occupational therapy assistant and physical therapy assistant!!! Anyone else either one of these or has anyone dealt with either? Which would you choose?

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Asked by ang0343 at 7:21 PM on Aug. 15, 2010 in Money & Work

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  • I'd think that they both would be fulfilling. I would pick physical therapy.

    Answer by Bmat at 7:23 PM on Aug. 15, 2010

  • I CHOSE Occupational Therapy for my Master's Degree. :o) I feel as though if you are a more "creative" person and have excellent interpersonal skills, the OT is for will adapt a variety of therapies and exercises to a wide variety of situations and patients in varying degrees of recovery.

    Physical Therapy (IMO) is more of a "rigid" approach. I worked in a PT clinic when I was earning my practical credits for my Bachelor's in Sports Medicine and Exercise Physiology, and to me it was more of a "one size fits all" approach and the only changes were in numbers of repetitions of exercises, degree of range of motion, and how much weight/resistance. It didn't seem very creative or personal.

    Answer by LoriKeet at 7:26 PM on Aug. 15, 2010

  • Thanks! At first I was leaning towards Physical therapy but now, after researching it, I'm leaning more towards occupational therapy! I think I would like them both but I feel occupational therapy will offer more!

    Comment by ang0343 (original poster) at 9:26 PM on Aug. 15, 2010

  • I think it's easier to get in to an OT program than a PT program, at least that is what I have been told. PT programs are highly selective in the US, and the # of programs is quite limited. Personally, I'd pick Speech therapy, if given the choice. I am an Nicu nurse, and work with all of these disciplines in the hospital setting.


    Answer by Sisteract at 12:42 AM on Aug. 16, 2010

  • I worked closely with OT/PT/ST when I worked with special needs kids and I think I'd go for Occupational Therapy over Physical Therapy. Like a previous poster said, PT is general and OT is a little more customized. Anytime a child got PT in my classroom, they were doing the same exercises just at varying degrees of difficulty. I found OT was a little more fun, too. When I worked 1:1 with a few kids, their OT allowed them to participate in different activities (cutting, gluing, placing objects, holding utensils the correct way - which I never knew there were different kinds of scissors!, rolling a ball, etc) so it just seems like a more creative, fun and flexible route to go.

    Answer by atowers at 1:33 AM on Aug. 16, 2010

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