Please check that your current browser is up-to-date.

Thank you for visiting navy.com – the official recruitment site of America's Navy. We have recently made technological updates to our site in an effort to provide a better interactive experience. To enjoy the best possible experience, we recommend that you consider upgrading to one of the following versions (or higher) of any of these popular browsers:

  • Internet Explorer 10.0+
  • Safari 6.1+
  • Firefox 26
  • Chrome 32
Quick Links
Main Links
Social Links

Occupational Therapy

US Navy occupational therapist applies a counterforce brace to the forearm of US Navy servicewoman.

Occupational Therapy

Few jobs are as physically demanding as those in the Navy and Marines. Without proper guidance, care and treatment from Occupational Therapists, some may risk injury, debilitation and dependence on others. In America’s Navy, Occupational Therapists rehabilitate and retrain of our nation’s wounded servicemembers. And even research new devices to provide cutting-edge therapy or assist in functionality.

Few jobs are as physically demanding as those in the Navy and Marines. Without proper guidance, care and treatment from Occupational Therapists, some may risk injury, debilitation and dependence on others. In America’s Navy, Occupational Therapists rehabilitate and retrain of our nation’s wounded servicemembers. And even research new devices to provide cutting-edge therapy or assist in functionality.

STORIES OF SERVICE
Meet real Sailors & learn from their experiences.
Navy physical therapist conducts a session with Aviation Ordnanceman aboard the USS George H.W. Bush.

About This Job

Navy Occupational Therapists assist Sailors and their families and those in need in meeting everyday demands after illness, injury or any other kind of impairment. They aid in restoring lost skills of daily living. And assist those who have suffered injury, illness or impairment in achieving high independent function. Partnering with first-rate health-care providers, including physicians and physical therapists, Occupational Therapists are a critical part of a multidisciplinary team.

LEARN MORE
part time
full time
Full Time
Part Time

As an Occupational Therapist and Officer in Navy Clinical Care, you will:

  • Work, on an inpatient or outpatient basis, with those who have had a stroke, injury, disease or other impairment
  • Use tools such as a goniometer for measuring range of motion, and a dynamometer and pinch meter, for recording hand and finger grip as well as pinch strength
  • Help rehabilitate functional daily living skills, such as bathing, dressing and eating, with or without the use of adaptive devices
  • Assess patients who may require aiding devices  
  • Provide custom-made garments for an ailment or condition

You could also:

  • Evaluate and treat patients referred for multiple diagnoses, who require acute rehabilitation within inpatient and outpatient settings
  • Receive extra training in modalities, such as electrical stimulation or ultrasound for pain management, and placement activities for dexterity
  • Train as an upper-extremity neuromusculoskeletal evaluator or pediatric occupational therapist, or pursue a postgraduate degree
  • Specialize in hand therapy, pediatrics or ergonomics  
  • Take on a teaching position in a dual-service occupational therapy assistant program
Full Time
Part Time

Serving part-time as a Reservist, your duties will be carried out during your scheduled drilling and training periods. During monthly drilling, Occupational Therapists in the Navy Reserve typically work at a location close to their homes. This gives you the flexibility to expand your profession in the Navy without compromising your civilian practice at home.

For annual training, Occupational Therapists may serve anywhere in the world, whether at sea, in hospitals stateside, or in bases in countries around the world.

Take a moment to learn more about the general roles and responsibilities of Reservists.

Explore Navy Occupational Therapy
Full Time
Part Time

Most of what you do in the Navy Reserve is considered training. The basic Navy Reserve commitment involves training a minimum of one weekend a month (referred to as drilling) and two weeks a year (referred to as Annual Training) – or the equivalent of that.

Occupational Therapists in the Navy Reserve serve in an Officer role. Before receiving the ongoing professional training that comes with this job, initial training requirements must first be met.

For current or former Navy Officers (NAVET): Prior experience satisfies the initial leadership training requirement – so you will not need to go through Officer Training again.

For current or former Officers of military branches other than the Navy (OSVET), as well as for Officer candidates without prior military experience: You will need to meet the initial leadership training requirement by attending the twelve-day Direct Commission Officer (DCO) School in Newport, R.I. This will count as your first Annual Training.

With flexible training options, Medical Service Corps Officers in the Navy Reserve can comfortably balance civilian and military schedules. You can maintain your own life and your own career – enriching both with the rewarding work you do for others.

The Medical Service Corps in the Navy Reserve offers you a truly diverse variety of operational venues. In some cases, you can even work in the same civilian location you work in now. What’s more, you will enjoy an unrivaled sense of pride and fulfillment known only to those who serve.

Full Time
Part Time

Practicing Professionals

As a Reservist in the Navy Medical Service Corps, you’ll receive your choice of any one of these three generous financial offers:*

  • Up to $50,000 in graduate school loan repayment assistance  
  • Up to $30,000 in specialty pay  
  • An immediate one-time sign-on bonus of up to $10,000

*Offers cannot be combined and depend on specialty. Sign-on bonus offer option available only to those with prior Navy experience (NAVET).

Full Time
Part Time

To qualify for employment consideration as an Occupational Therapist in the Navy Medical Service Corps, you must meet these basic requirements:

  • Be a U.S. citizen currently practicing in the U.S.
  • Master’s degree in occupational therapy from an accredited college or university; credit toward rank and time in service is given, depending on the level of degree and work experience
  • Be willing to serve a minimum of three years of Active Duty  
  • Be between the ages of 18 and 41  
  • Be in good physical condition and pass a full medical examination

You will also be expected to meet certain specific requirements:

  • Certification of accredited course completion in occupational therapy by the Council on Medical Education of the American Medical Association, in collaboration with the American Occupational Therapy Association
  • Successful completion of the registration examination by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy and, if applicable, a state license

General qualifications may vary depending upon whether you intend to serve Active Duty or Reserve Duty, and whether you are currently serving, have served before or have never served before.

ENJOY AN INCREDIBLE BENEFITS PACKAGE.
Paid training. Competitive salary. Comprehensive health coverage. Generous vacation. World travel. The list goes on.
US Navy servicemen raise US flag.
US Navy servicemen raise US flag.