Occupational Therapy Doctorate OR Master’s

This post was written by our own Brandi Myles. See her bio after the post.

Hello all,

As I am nearing the end of my OTD program I have compiled a list of 4 reasons why I am happy I chose the doctoral route.

1) I can be a bit of a perfectionist:

An OTD program requires more clinical training with its classification as a clinical or practice-based degree. Along with the additional hands-on training, I had time for additional classes with in-depth training to lead within the field of OT, advocate, and understand and produce clinical research. More time to perfect my craft and learn my personal OT style.

2) I want to teach in the future:

My favorite teachers throughout my undergraduate coursework were those who were clinical OTs. They brought experience along with their knowledge which made for memorable lessons.

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3) Our field is growing, quickly!

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the field’s expected growth from 2020-2030 is 17% (the average growth rate is 8%). Consequently, 23,000 jobs are expected to come about! The extra clinical training can put you at an advantage in this instance.

4) You can’t rush greatness!

While some may frown at a longer program (including myself during a few semesters) there are MANY silver linings. The time allows for more opportunities for hands-on experience and more time to establish connections and network through group projects and opportunities presented by professors (which is how I scored this awesome experience along with my caretaker position)! The time also allows for working in your professor’s lab, being a teaching assistant, or joining organizations you may not have felt ready for at the beginning of your program.

Brandi Myles is a 3rd year Doctor of Occupational Therapy Student who graduates in December of 2022. She currently holds a BS in Rehabilitation and Disability Services and a BS degree in Psychology. Brandi’s journey collaborating with neurodiverse children and their families began six years ago, and her passion for helping children reach their full potential continues to grow every step of the way. Brandi has four years of experience in the pediatric therapy world and has specialized in early intervention training through the Interdisciplinary Related Services Personnel Preparation for Early Childhood (INSPIRE) Program. She also has a very special nephew she loves to advocate for.

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