What Kind of Schooling is Required to Become an Occupational Therapy Assistant?

As an Occupational Therapy Assistant, you will be trained in a wide variety of skills and disciplines, giving you the ability to help patients participate in basic everyday activities.

Occupational Therapy Assistants help patients improve their ability to perform everyday tasks with great independence and ease. They work with individuals who suffer from mental, physical, developmental or emotional conditions and assist clients in a wide variety of activities from using the computer to cooking and eating.  Occupational Therapy Assistants work under the direction of a therapist in a number of different settings including hospitals, clinics, clients' homes and more.

Most Occupational Therapy Assistant programs take up to 20 months to complete and include training in several different disciplines to give you a well-rounded skill base that includes:

 

  • Identyfying anatomical position and major planes of the body
  • Ethical dispute resolution and conflict resolution systems
  • Majot sociological perspectives, culture, social structure and interaction
  • Basic Life Support (BLS), first aid, infection control and vital signs
  • Biomechanical principles of joint motion, posture and balance
  • Etiology, clinical process and prognosisof common diseases and illnesses
  • Therapeutic interventions and techniques used to enhance functional ability
  • Occupational  therapy terminology
  • Joint protection, energy conservation and work simplification