An associate degree is required to become an occupational therapy assistant, which is a degree program typically found through community and technical colleges. OTAs help patients through therapeutic activities, work with children who have development disabilities, teach patients how to use special equipment, develop treatment plans in collaboration with an occupational therapist, and record patients? progress. OTAs work under the supervision of occupational therapists and therefore must report to them. Most occupational therapist assistants work in occupational therapy or physical therapy offices, but an individual may also find employment in nursing care facilities; home health care services; elementary and secondary schools; and state, local, and private medical and surgical hospitals. Most states require occupational therapy assistants to be licensed.
Students should expect courses in human growth and development, anatomy, physiology, occupational therapy principles, humanities, sociology, medical conditions, developmental disabilities, and psychosocial dysfunction. Students learn different exercise techniques, disability types, rehabilitation routines, treatment plans, and proper record keeping. They also develop their analysis and communication skills, as well as assorted office skills.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, occupational therapy assistants have a job outlook of 41 percent, which is must larger than average, and the median annual wage in May 2010 was $51,010.
University of the Incarnate Word offers 2 Occupational Therapist Assistant degree programs. It's a medium sized, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 19 Occupational Therapist Assistant students graduated with students earning 19 Associate's degrees.
|School||Average Tuition||Student Teacher Ratio||Enrolled Students|
|University of the Incarnate Word San Antonio, TX||26 : 1||8,175|
|Parker University Dallas, TX||22 : 1||1,536|
|Pima Medical Institute-El Paso El Paso, TX||22 : 1||575|
|Pima Medical Institute-Houston Houston, TX||24 : 1||989|
|South Texas College McAllen, TX||52 : 1||33,054|
|Tyler Junior College Tyler, TX||38 : 1||12,323|
|Amarillo College Amarillo, TX||50 : 1||9,739|
|St Philip's College San Antonio, TX||60 : 1||12,962|
|Del Mar College Corpus Christi, TX||36 : 1||12,008|
|McLennan Community College Waco, TX||40 : 1||8,705|
|Laredo College Laredo, TX||55 : 1||10,200|
|Panola College Carthage, TX||36 : 1||2,599|
|Houston Community College Houston, TX||64 : 1||56,151|
|Weatherford College Weatherford, TX||44 : 1||5,943|
|Navarro College Corsicana, TX||67 : 1||8,173|
|Lone Star College System The Woodlands, TX||81 : 1||74,300|
|Austin Community College District Austin, TX||69 : 1||41,056|