Top 10 Ways AOTA Can Help New OT & OTA Grads
By Stephanie Yamkovenko
The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) would like to congratulate the 2012 graduates of occupational therapy and occupational therapy assistant programs. We’re thrilled that so many students consider membership with AOTA an important part of preparing for their careers, and we want new graduates to know the top 10 reasons you should continue your AOTA membership.
1) We understand that finances may be tight
Being a new grad is tough on finances, whether you have student loans or are moving across the country for a new job. This is why AOTA offers discounted membership pricing for new practitioners—OTs save nearly 50% from the full membership fee in their first year and OTAs save nearly 30%.
2) We help you pass the test
Now that you have your diploma, you will need to take and pass the NBCOT exam. AOTA members get discount pricing on test preparation materials at the AOTA Store. You can also talk to other students and new practitioners on OT Connections to get tips and advice on passing the exam.
3) We can help you get your license to practice
Occupational therapy is regulated in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, and each has different requirements for OTs and OTAs. Need help sorting through all the information? Visit the Licensure section on AOTA.org to find answers to common questions, such as the where to download application forms, fees, CE requirements, and contacts at the licensure boards.
4) We can help you find a job
Want to know the best place to start working as an OT or an OTA? Go to OTJobLink to find your dream job.
5) We’ll help you transition to being a professional
Every new job has a learning curve, and we’re here to help. Get free guidance, mentoring, and encouragement from the vast amount of AOTA practitioner resources, and use your membership rate for discounts on Conferences and products.
6) We keep you evidence-based
In addition to the American Journal of Occupational Therapy (AJOT), AOTA offers evidence-based resources organized by practice area to help you easily find information to enhance your interventions and the new Evidence Exchange is a central repository for evidence-based literature reviews and other resources.
7) We connect you with colleagues
Your colleagues are on OT Connections, and they are discussing clinical issues and real-world problems. Be active on the Special Interest Section forums or just check in to get ideas and advice from seasoned practitioners and newbies alike.
8) We keep you in the know
Get OT Practice in your mailbox 22 times a year (or on your computer) and the 1-Minute Update in your inbox every other week. Read the Quarterly newsletter from your Special Interest Section and stay up to date on all the current issues affecting your profession.
9) We’ve got lots of continuing education (CE)
Occupational therapy requires lifelong learning, and AOTA is the most trusted source of CE materials for the profession. We have courses developed by AOTA, by approved providers, and with a variety of methods of instruction. You can also earn CE at the Annual Conference & Expo and Specialty Conferences (after getting a member discount on registration!).
10) We can hook you up with a great graduation gift
AOTA members get discount pricing on all items in the AOTA store (check out the sale right now, 15% off from May 23 to June 15!) so if you have a relative or a friend wanting to buy you a gift you can send them our way. Another gift idea? Ask for membership to AOTA and get the full value of staying a member in your professional organization.
Stephanie Yamkovenko is AOTA’s staff writer.