School-Based Practice for Occupational Therapy Certificate

Deepen Your Practice As A School-Based Occupational Therapist

Online | 1 Year | Certificate for Academic Credit

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School-Based Practice for OT Certificate Highlights

Learn Best Current Evidence for School-Based Practice

Learn what you need to be up to date with current best evidence related to service provision, assessment, and evidence-based interventions. If you are a school-based OT you need to make sure you stay current with the evidence and best practices so you can offer the best care possible.

Designed for School-Based OTs

This certificate program is specifically designed for school-based OTs. Learn what you need from other experienced occupational therapists.

Transition Into School-Based Practice

While this certificate is designed for school-based OTs, if you are an OT who wants to switch to school-based practice, this certificate can prepare you for success in your new roles. Learn all the best current evidence on school-based practice. Prepare to move into your new practice setting.

Learn Without Relocating Or Traveling

This certificate program is designed for working OTs The program is fully online and designed to be completed while working full-time as an OT. The certificate is designed to allow you to apply what you learn directly to your practice.

Further Your Education As An OT

As an OT, it’s important to constantly further your education and knowledge of the evidence. This program is not formally set up for CEU’s–but many state licensing boards accept this kind of academic credit from an accredited university in lieu of CE’s.

School-Based Practice for OT Certificate Curriculum

Learn different skills, content, and concepts that allow you to offer the best intervention or service as a school-based OTt.
School-based OT works with young girl

Explore Key Concepts For OTs in School-Based Practice

Explore historical concepts related to medical and ecological service provision, direct versus consultative services, and the legal application of occupational therapy as a service provider in the educational system. Understand key aspects of occupational therapy school-based practice so that you can offer client-centered and individualized care.

Dive Into Mental Health In Education as an OT

Review current policies and funding resources for mental health, implications for practice, and discuss advocacy for occupational therapy in mental health programs as they related to educational environments. Make a difference in schools in regard to clients with mental health needs.

Explore Different Interventions In Relation to School-Based Settings

Dive into deeper research for identified disabilities and efficacious interventions to promote participation in educational/school-based settings. Explore sensory-based, emotion, and self-regulation and other related interventions as they relate to school-based settings and populations.

Become a More Well-Rounded Healthcare Professional

Refine your collaboration, ethics, reflective practice, and interprofessional education skills. Understand varying perspectives, and the synthesis of skills and knowledge in current, best-practice models for in school-systems for occupational therapy professionals. Elevate both your practice and yourself as an evidence-based professional.

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Winter 2024

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Summer 2024

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Fall 2024

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  • A minimum of a bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy from an accredited college or university
  • One year of clinical practice

Clinical Rotation Requirements including required vaccinations: Admitted students to Rocky Mountain University who will be completing a clinical rotation will receive vaccination forms regarding required vaccinations. Not all vaccinations or proof of immunity are required at the beginning of the program but will be prior to the first clinical rotation. The University allows for vaccination exemptions and more information about the University’s position on vaccination can be reviewed at

RMU requires the following items prior to starting any clinical rotations (these are subject to change depending upon public health concerns and specific clinic requirements):

  • MMR
  • Varicella
  • Hepatitis B
  • TB
  • Tdap
  • Annual Influenza
  • COVID 19
  • HIPAA certification
  • OSHA certification
  • CPR certification


Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (8060 165th Avenue NE Ste 100, Redmond, WA 98052-3981), an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Secretary of the US Department of Education.