Occupational Therapy Assistant

Occupational Therapy Assistant Associate of Science

Become an Occupational Therapy Assistant in 24 Months

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The Occupational Therapy Assistant program at Cambridge College of Healthcare & Technology provides the training students need to start a successful career in Occupational Therapy. Students can attend the program at our Atlanta and Orlando campuses.

With a hybrid learning format, you’ll have a strong school/life balance while still getting access to expert instructors, hands-on training and career advisors. Our program also prepares students for the NBCOT examination, which certifies occupational therapy assistants for employment.

What Is an Occupational Therapy Assistant?

Occupational therapy helps patients adapt to pain, illness, disability and injury so they may perform everyday tasks. From doing office work to holding utensils, occupational therapy helps patients stay active and work with physical challenges.

Occupational therapy assistants (OTAs) work under the guidance of occupational therapists (OTs) to help patients of all ages, from children to the elderly. They help patients carry out exercises and activities based on a treatment plan by the OT, and help measure and record a patient’s progress.

 

Occupational Therapy Assistant Experience in Atlanta

Occupational Therapy Assistant Experience in Orlando



Occupational Therapy Assistant Curriculum

Cambridge College of Healthcare & Technology offers a comprehensive two-year Occupational Therapy Assistant program. The curriculum provides strong foundational knowledge and hands-on training to help students achieve successful careers in occupational therapy.

Occupational Therapy Assistant Courses

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Medical Terminology
  • Intro to Occupational Therapy
  • Occupational Analysis
  • Principles of OT in Mental Health
  • Principles of OT in Physical Health
  • Kinesiology
  • Growth and Development
  • Human Occupations
  • Administrative Procedures
  • Pediatric Practice for the OTA
  • Specific Populations for the OTA

Occupational Therapy Assistant Curriculum in Atlanta

Occupational Therapy Assistant Curriculum in Orlando

Careers

Occupational Therapy Assistant Work Environments

People of all ages and from all walks of life need help with getting into normal routines and adapting to physical challenges. Once you finish your OTA program and obtain certification, you’ll have a variety of healthcare settings and community environments to choose from, including:

  • Surgical hospitals
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Nursing homes or assisted living homes
  • Patients’ homes
  • Physician offices
  • Psychiatric Hospitals
  • Schools
  • Retirement communities

What Is the Job Outlook for Occupational Therapy Assistants?

According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the projected job growth for OTAs is 34% between 2020 and 2030, with about 8,800 job openings each year, on average, over the decade.

Occupational Therapy Assistant Salary

The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that the average annual salary for occupational therapy assistants is $61,520 per year. Of course, salary will depend on many factors such as your employer and the area you live in.

Why Choose Cambridge?

There are many advantages to completing the Occupational Therapy Assistant program at Cambridge, such as:

  • Hybrid learning: Get the flexibility of online classes without sacrificing hands-on experience. Our hybrid model is designed to help you maintain your busy schedule while still receiving quality instruction.
  • Practical training: We use the latest healthcare technology, which you will learn to use through hands-on experience. This will properly prepare you to work in the healthcare field.
  • Career advisors: Throughout your time at Cambridge you’ll have access to a mighty team of HR professionals and industry experts. From interviewing skills to salary negotiation, our career advisors will prepare you for your job search.
  • Job placement: Your connection to Cambridge doesn’t end at graduation. Our Career Services Department has a wide range of partnerships with healthcare facilities and employers. We’ll keep you updated and connect you to potential employment opportunities.

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Degree

Once successful in the completion of this program, students receive an Associates of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy.

Program Summary

  • Associates of Science in Occupational Therapy
  • 2-year curriculum
  • Online and hands-on learning in the classroom

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FAQs About Occupational Therapy Assistants

What Is an Occupational Therapist?

Occupational therapist assistants (OTAs) work under the guidance of occupational therapists (OTs) in many communities and healthcare settings. The OT develops a treatment plan for the patient, and the OTA carries out the treatment plan through exercises and various activities. OTAs also measure and record a patient’s progress throughout their care.

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. Some typical work activities include:

  • Helping patients do therapeutic activities
  • Helping children with developmental disabilities
  • Teaching patients how to use special equipment
  • Making reports to occupational therapists

How Do I Become an Occupational Therapist?

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

What Type of Courses Do I Need to Take?

The two-year program will provide you with a combination of specialized occupational therapy classes and help you round out your skills with general education. Courses include anatomy, medical terminology, and various levels of foundational and practical occupational therapy knowledge.

To see the entire list of courses, explore our Atlanta or Orlando curriculum.

What Certifications Will I Need?

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.

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Become an OTA With Cambridge

Ready to jumpstart your career as an occupational therapy assistant? If so, we’re here to support you in reaching your goals. Reach out to us today to learn more about the program by calling us at 877-206-4279 or send us a message.