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.
|School||Average Tuition||Student Teacher Ratio||Enrolled Students|
|Rutgers University-New Brunswick New Brunswick, NJ||22 : 1||50,173|
|Touro College New York, NY||27 : 1||11,631|
|Howard University Washington, DC||13 : 1||9,399|
|Loma Linda University Loma Linda, CA||12 : 1||4,462|
|University of Louisiana at Monroe Monroe, LA||27 : 1||8,673|
|Mercy College Dobbs Ferry, NY||43 : 1||10,557|
|Radford University Radford, VA||22 : 1||11,870|
|Southwestern Oklahoma State University Weatherford, OK||24 : 1||4,961|
|AdventHealth University Orlando, FL||19 : 1||1,688|
|St Catherine University Saint Paul, MN||18 : 1||4,401|
|Idaho State University Pocatello, ID||20 : 1||12,402|
|Albany State University Albany, GA||31 : 1||6,122|
|New England Institute of Technology East Greenwich, RI||21 : 1||2,516|
|South University-Tampa Tampa, FL||35 : 1||850|
|Cabarrus College of Health Sciences Concord, NC||16 : 1||475|
|Newman University Wichita, KS||36 : 1||3,205|
|South University, West Palm Beach Royal Palm Beach, FL||33 : 1||623|
|Central Methodist University-College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Fayette, MO||14 : 1||1,145|
|Siena Heights University Adrian, MI||26 : 1||2,337|
|Maria College of Albany Albany, NY||26 : 1||796|