The processes of physical recovery are among the greatest challenges a person can undertake — and also the most inspiring. As an occupational therapy assistant, you’ll work with clients of all ages to help them overcome the physical, developmental, social, or emotional challenges that interfere with their daily life. Austin Community College’s Occupational Therapy Assistant Program provides the education and hands-on clinical experience needed to help your clients work, play, learn, care for themselves, and enjoy leisure activities most of us take for granted. Upon successful completion of the program, students will be eligible to take the national certification exam.
Occupational therapy assistants provide crucial care under the supervision of an occupational therapist. The field of occupational therapy will continue to offer excellent job prospects, and as a large percentage of the population reaches senior citizen age, will be in even more demand.
Assess, plan, organize, and participate in rehabilitative programs that help build or restore vocational, homemaking, and daily living skills, as well as general independence, to persons with disabilities or developmental delays.
611 Occupational Therapists are employed. This number is expected
to increase by 13.42 % over the next four years.
Occupational Therapy Assistants
Hourly Wage 160 Currently
Assist occupational therapists in providing occupational therapy treatments and procedures. May, in accordance with State laws, assist in development of treatment plans, carry out routine functions, direct activity programs, and document the progress of treatments. Generally requires formal training.
160 Occupational Therapy Assistants are employed. This number is expected
to increase by 18.13 % over the next four years.
Occupational Therapy Aides
Hourly Wage 13 Currently
Under close supervision of an occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant, perform only delegated, selected, or routine tasks in specific situations. These duties include preparing patient and treatment room.
13 Occupational Therapy Aides are employed. This number is expected
to increase by 30.77 % over the next four years.
Hourly Wage 571 Currently
Counsel individuals to maximize the independence and employability of persons coping with personal, social, and vocational difficulties that result from birth defects, illness, disease, accidents, or the stress of daily life. Coordinate activities for residents of care and treatment facilities. Assess client needs and design and implement rehabilitation programs that may include personal and vocational counseling, training, and job placement.
571 Rehabilitation Counselors are employed. This number is expected
to increase by 10.51 % over the next four years.
Data analysis of traditional and real-time labor market information (LMI) provided in collaboration with Emsi (Economic Modeling Specialists International), a CareerBuilder company.
The occupational therapy assistant program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE's telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is www.acoteonline.org.
Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapy assistant administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA). In addition, most states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.
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