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  • Occupational Therapy Assistant Jobs and Careers

    The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects Occupational Therapy Assistant jobs to increase by 40% between 2014 and 2024, which is "much faster than average." According to the BLS, this faster than average growth can be attributed to an expected rise in the health needs of the growing elderly population, as well as the need to treat children and young adults.(1)

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    Occupational Therapy Assistants Job Description

    The BLS explains, "After the therapist has evaluated a patient and designed a treatment plan, the occupational therapy assistant can provide many aspects of the treatment."

    Assistants may work directly with patients, helping them with therapeutic stretching and exercise, teaching them to use prescribed medical devices, and using cognitive behavioral techniques to assist with cognitive and mental deficits.

    Because Occupational Therapy Assistants often engage in physical and cognitive activities with people who may struggle with simple day-to-day activities, it is crucial for assistants to possess the right personal and interpersonal skills to be successful including:

    • Effective Communication
    • Compassion and Patience
    • Physical Strength and Endurance

    Occupational Therapy Assistants may work in a variety of environments, including home healthcare services, nursing care facilities, schools, private medical offices, and hospitals.

  • 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. Further, completion of Remington College's occupational therapy assistant program does not guarantee that a graduate will pass the NBCOT exam or be able to obtain state licensure. Prior to enrolling, individuals interested in this program are responsible for researching and understanding all examination, registration and/or licensure requirements for a career as an occupational therapist assistant for each state in which they may seek licensure.