The following is written by and according to the U.S. Department of Labor and particular to the education and training required for occupational therapy assistants.
An associate degree from an accredited academic program is generally required to qualify for occupational therapist assistant jobs. In contrast, occupational therapist aides usually receive most of their training on the job. Many States regulate the practice of occupational therapist assistants either by licensing, registration, or certification; requirements vary by State.
Education and training. Occupational therapist assistants must attend a school accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) in order to sit for the national certifying exam for occupational therapist assistants. There were 135 ACOTE accredited occupational therapist assistant programs in 2009.
The first year of study typically involves an introduction to healthcare, basic medical terminology, anatomy, and physiology. In the second year, courses are more rigorous and usually include occupational therapy courses in areas such as mental health, adult physical disabilities, gerontology, and pediatrics. Students also must complete at least 16 weeks of supervised fieldwork in a clinic or community setting.
Applicants to occupational therapist assistant programs can improve their chances of admission by taking high school courses in Biology and health and by performing volunteer work in nursing care facilities, occupational or physical therapists' offices, or other healthcare settings.
Occupational therapist aides usually receive most of their training on the job. Qualified applicants must have a high school diploma, strong interpersonal skills, and a desire to help people in need. Applicants may increase their chances of getting a job by volunteering their services, thus displaying initiative and aptitude to the employer.
Licensure. Forty States, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia regulate the practice of occupational therapist assistants either by licensing, registration, or certification. In addition, eligibility requirements vary by State. Contact your State's licensing board for specific regulatory requirements on occupational therapist assistants.
Some States have additional requirements for therapist assistants who work in schools or early intervention programs. These requirements may include education-related classes, an education practice certificate, or early intervention certification.
Certification and other qualifications.Certification is voluntary. The National Board for Certifying Occupational Therapy certifies occupational therapist assistants through a national certifying exam. Those who pass the test are awarded the title Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA). In some States, the national certifying exam meets requirements for regulation, but other States have their own licensing exam.
Occupational therapist assistants are expected to continue their professional development by participating in continuing education courses and workshops in order to maintain certification. A number of States require continuing education as a condition of maintaining licensure.
Assistants and aides must be responsible, patient, and willing to take directions and work as part of a team. Furthermore, they should be caring and want to help people who are not able to help themselves.
Advancement. Occupational therapist assistants may advance into administration positions. They might organize all the assistants in a large occupational therapy department or act as the director for a specific department such as sports medicine. Some assistants go on to teach classes in accredited occupational therapist assistant academic programs or lead health risk reduction classes for the elderly.
With proper formal education, occupational therapist aides can become occupational therapist assistants.
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Assistant occupational therapists make around 80,000 a year and do much of they same work a therapist does. This money can change if they go into a large private practice setting.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics the estimated mean annual wage for a Occupational Therapist Assistants as of May 2008 is, $48,440. This would amount to $23.29 an hour.
i think 59 dollars
they get paid 78.00 thats what i get in a hour and i'm a speech therapist
A therapy assistant can make between $14.40 and $21.60 an hour
Being a therapy aide You could make 25000$ a year. And it is not a regulated profession so You can be both physical and occupational therapy aide.
Approximately, $32, 542, 800. 97. An occupational therapist is the most highly paid career in the world. In fact, it is proven that if you are an occupational therapist, God will favor you in winning the lottery every two years. Now if you calculate the time value of money of these millions given to you today, with the rate of inflation at 7%, you will see that eventually your money, will make interest on its own interest. That's impressive. Usually, only big investors in finance can make use of residual interest payments, but now as an occupational therapist, you have access to large funds and to become rich.
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About 49k a year!
you get paid a lot
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