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Area of Study: Health Sciences
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Health Sciences
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Occupational Therapy Assistant

Prepare for a profession that heals and empowers

Your training in this program prepares you to help clients overcome the challenges of recovery from illness, injury, or other disabling condition. You’ll receive hands-on clinical experience and expert instruction on the practices, techniques, and equipment you’ll use as a professional. Upon completion, you’ll be eligible to take the national certification exam.

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Job Titles & Career Information

Occupational Therapists
36.73 Hourly Wage 637 Currently Employed
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.
637 Occupational Therapists are employed. This number is expected to increase by 11.93 % over the next four years.
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Occupational Therapy Assistants
30.73 Hourly Wage 168 Currently Employed
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.
168 Occupational Therapy Assistants are employed. This number is expected to increase by 16.67 % over the next four years.
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Occupational Therapy Aides
13.07 Hourly Wage 14 Currently Employed
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.
14 Occupational Therapy Aides are employed. This number is expected to increase by 28.57 % over the next four years.
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Rehabilitation Counselors
22.72 Hourly Wage 590 Currently Employed
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.
590 Rehabilitation Counselors are employed. This number is expected to increase by 9.49 % over the next four years.
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Data analysis of traditional and real-time labor market information (LMI) provided in collaboration with Emsi (Economic Modeling Specialists International), a CareerBuilder company.

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Program Map

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Awards in this Program


Associate of Applied Science

Occupational Therapy Assistant
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Program Accreditations

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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Which award path is right for you?

ACC offers a variety of degree and certificate options to get you ready for the next step in your academic and career journey. Choosing the right award path is an important first step to reach your goals.

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