Occupational Therapist Assistant Career Field

occupational therapist assistantOccupational therapy assistants provide help and support to occupational therapists and the patients they assist in providing rehabilitative therapies to improve their daily functioning. Occupational therapist assistants monitor patient progress on assigned therapies and exercises. They also assist putting together equipment used for exercises and rehabilitative activities. Occupational therapist assistants may also deal with insurance paperwork and other record keeping involved with patient therapy sessions. Occupational therapy assistants work under the direct supervision of an occupational therapist.
Educational & Licensing Requirements
High School Diploma or Equivalent
Associate’s Degree in Occupational Therapy (2 years)
Most occupational therapist assistant positions require applicants to have an associate’s degree in occupational therapy from an accredited occupational therapy program. Many states also require occupational therapy assistants to have a state license to work in their state.
Educational Courses

Medical Terminology
Patient Communications
Mental Health
Adult &
Pediatric Physical Disabilities
Clinical Fieldwork
Employment Statistics
Number Employed in 2008: 26,600
Projected Employment through 2018: 34,600
Average Annual Pay for Occupational Therapist Assistants in 2008: $48,230
Great Colleges
Penn Foster Career School
Brown Mackie College
Keiser University
Kaplan Career Institute
Concorde Career College Inc.
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Article Reference: bls.gov

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