Occupational Therapy Assistant - Associate's Degree

Occupational Therapy Assistant - Associate's Degree

Performing the functions of independent, everyday life is difficult for some people due to surgery, injuries, illnesses or other challenges. They need help learning or relearning the skills needed to play, work and carry on the basic activities that most of us take for granted.

That's the job of an occupational therapy assistant (OTA), working under the direction of an occupational therapist in hospitals, nursing homes, outpatient clinics and schools. For example, an OTA might work with injured workers to help them get back into the work force by teaching them how to work around lost motor skills. Or, an OTA might work with people with learning disabilities to help them become more independent.

The Virginia College OT Assistant Program

The Associate of Applied Science degree program in Occupational Therapy Assistant at Virginia College is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). In addition to classroom experience, this program also includes a 16-week internship of full time, on-the-job application of skills. Graduates will be eligible to take the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) examination. 1

What Does an Occupational Therapist Assistant Do?

Many OTAs work in the offices of therapists specializing in fields such as physical, occupational and/or speech therapy. Regardless of the work setting, some OTA duties include:

  • Helping patients perform therapeutic activities such as specific stretches and other physical exercises
  • Working with children who have developmental disabilities, leading them in play activities that promote coordination and motor skills
  • Teaching patients to improve their daily life skills by using special equipment
  • Recording patient progress

Growth of Occupational Therapy Assistant Jobs

Employment of occupational therapy assistants is expected to increase 41%from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. 2

How Much Do Occupational Therapy Assistants Make?

The median pay in 2012 (the most recent year that data is available) for occupational therapy assistants was $48,940 per year. That's considerably more than the median annual wage for all workers, which was $34,750. 2

Virginia College Prepares You to Find the Job.

Not only do we help you learn to do the job, we help you find the job. The Virginia College Career Services team can help you hone your job search skills like resume building, interview techniques, job market research and job-lead follow up. This team can also assist your job search through its relationships with local employers.

Get Started Now.

If you are looking for a challenging career and have a desire to learn, achieve, and give your best to society, a career as an occupational therapy assistant may be for you. Complete the Request More Information form and take the first step toward your successful new career.

1 The College makes no representation, promise or guarantee that completion of this program either assures passage of these certification examination, or any other examination, or acceptance by any state licensing board. Prospective and current students, as well as graduates, are responsible for researching and understanding all examination, registration or licensure requirements in any state in which they seek to become registered, licensed or employed.

2 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, April 6, 2012


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NOTE: Program details subject to change. See the official campus catalog and appropriate addenda for the latest information.
Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas are required by Georgia, South Carolina and Oklahoma to be listed as Certificates (C).
Associate of Science degrees (AS) are required by SC, TN & VA to be listed as Associated of Applied Science degrees (AAS).
Associate of Applied Science degrees (AAS) are required by LA & VA to be listed as Associate in Occupational Studies degrees (AOS).
Bachelor of Science degrees (BS) are required by TN to be listed as Bachelor of Applied Science degrees (BAS).


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