Occupational Therapy Assistant Common Questions

Cambridge College of Healthcare & Technology offers a complete, 2-year Occupational Therapy Assistant program to prepare students for the field. We provide our students with all the hands-on training and knowledge required for a successful career in occupational therapy.

What Is an Occupational Therapy Assistant?

Occupational therapist assistants work under the guidance of occupational therapists in many practice areas and settings. Although the OT develops a treatment plan for the patient, the assistant completes the treatment plan through exercises and various activities.

Most patients involved in occupational therapy are recovering from an injury, illness or disability. Occupational therapy assistants or OTAs work with affected patients of all ages from children to the elderly. They assist in many ways such as helping the disabled become independent and children with their motor and speech skills. OTAs also measure and record a patient’s progress throughout their care.

Where Can I Work as an Occupational Therapy Assistant?

OTAs work in many different facilities such as hospitals, clinics, long-term care facilities, nursing homes, rehab centers and more. You can also find OTAs working in many different specialties including pain management, rheumatology, neurology, brain injury rehabilitation, mental health, oncology and orthopedics.

How Much Do Occupational Therapy Assistants Make?

According to Glassdoor, occupational therapy assistants have an average base pay rate of $80,782 per year with $60,000 being the low-end average and $109,000 being the high-end average. Pay depends on location as well as your specialty.

Is Occupational Therapy Assistant a Good Career?

Occupational therapy assistants spend their days helping patients improve their lives. Patients who struggle from disability or those who need assistance after an accident receive the care they need to return to function with your help. It’s a rewarding career, allowing you to work in a wide range of specialties from pediatrics to geriatrics.

Is Occupational Therapy Assistant Hard?

At Cambridge, we’ll help you reach educational success through hands-on training, study guides and more. Although the subject matter is in-depth, you’ll have every tool necessary to help you sit and pass for your certification exam.

While on the job, beyond the scope of helping patients gain their life back, occupational therapy does have its difficult moments. Some patients may be resistant to treatment, causing any form of therapy to be unsuccessful. You’ll also need to handle bodily fluids and understand the symptoms of emergent illnesses for proper care. You’ll learn how to navigate these challenging moments with us.

How Do You Become a Certified Occupation Therapy Assistant?

First, you’ll need to complete an Associate’s degree program at an accredited college or university. At Cambridge, we offer our Associate’s of Science in Occupational Therapy for those wishing to enter the field as an occupational therapy assistant.

After successful completion of your degree, you’ll need to take and pass the National Board for Certification of Occupational Therapists, or the NBCOT, exam. Once passed, you’ll be eligible for entry-level employment as an occupational therapy assistant.

How Long Will an OTA Program Take?

At Cambridge, your OTA program will take approximately two years to complete from start to finish. After completion, you’ll need to take and pass the NBCOT exam which may take a few months to schedule and finalize.

Still Have Questions? Reach Out to Cambridge Today

Do you still have questions regarding our OTA program? To speak with an advisor today, call us at 877-206-4279. Your future in occupational therapy starts here with us.