Career Profile: Occupational Therapy Assistant

Jumpstart Your Career in Occupational Therapy With Cambridge

Cambridge College of Healthcare & Technology and Cambridge Institute of Allied Health offers students interested in a career in occupational therapy the Occupational Therapy Assistant program. During this 2-year program, students learn the skills needed to achieve licensing and a successful career.

What Does an Occupational Therapist Assistant (OTA) Do?

Occupational therapy assistants spend their days working alongside an occupational therapist. They help provide treatments to assist individuals with disabilities to learn how to function independently in their homes and communities. They help patients regain the skills they may have lost due to injury and help them rebuild their health and self-esteem.

OTA’s work in a wide range of practice areas including pediatrics, health and wellness, mental health, rehabilitation and for the workforce. From lower back injuries to helping children develop their motor skills, occupational therapist assistants assist patients with many unique needs each day.

What Certifications or Degrees Do I Need to Become an OTA?

To get started towards a career as an occupational therapist assistant, you’ll need to complete an accredited occupational therapy program such as the occupational therapy program offered here at Cambridge. The curriculum you choose should include courses such as:

  • Occupational therapy principles
  • Health sciences
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Medical terminology

After successful completion, you must sit for and pass the National Board for Certification of Occupational Therapists, or the NBCOT, exam to earn your registration and eligibility to enter the workforce.

What Is the Employment Outlook for an Occupational Therapy Assistant?

OTAs are currently in high demand. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of occupational therapy assistants and aides will grow 28% from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for most other occupations.

According to Glassdoor, occupational therapy assistants have an average base pay rate of $80,782 per year.

Occupational therapy assisting continues to be an important part of treatment for patients with virtually every illness and disability. As an occupational therapist assistant, you’ll be able to work in public schools, hospitals, rehab centers, mental health centers, nursing homes and many other facilities.

Learn More About a Career in Occupational Therapy Today

At Cambridge, we believe every student should have the best chance of success. That’s why we offer benefits such as distance learning and clinical externships. To learn more about a career in occupational therapy or to speak to an advisor, call us at 877-206-4279 today.