OTA Frequently Asked Questions

Can you get an OTA degree online?

Not exactly. You can complete your fundamental OTA coursework online, but you need to develop your hands-on skills and clinical judgment by attending labs and completing fieldwork experiences.

How long are OTA programs?

The time it takes to complete an OTA program not only varies by school, but also the full-time or part-time status of the student. If you meet our admission requirements, you can complete our OTA program in as few as 16 months.

What is an occupational therapy assistant?

An occupational therapy assistant (OTA) works under the direction of an occupational therapist (OT). While the OT develops the patient treatment plans, the OTA works directly with patients to put these plans in action. Treatment often involves the use of adaptive tools and/or environment modifications to fit the unique needs of a patient.

What does an occupational therapy assistant do?

Occupational therapy is a diverse health care field that helps patients who have difficulty performing daily living activities due to an injury, illness or disability. In collaboration with and under the direction of an occupational therapist (OT), an occupational therapy assistant (OTA) helps patients of all ages and abilities improve their life skills so they can live as independently as possible.

How much does an occupational therapy assistant make?

Several variables influence occupational therapy assistant pay, which includes where you live and who you work for. But to give you a number, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statics listed the 2018 annual median wage for OTAs working in the United States as $60,220.

What degree is needed for an occupational therapy assistant?

To become an occupational therapy assistant, you must earn an associate degree from an accredited college or university.

What is the difference between OTA Fieldwork Level I and Level II?

Fieldwork Level I introduces you to different occupational therapy settings and patient populations, enriching your knowledge through direct observation, job shadowing, talking with professionals. Fieldwork Level II further develops your knowledge and skills by having you work directly with patients in diverse practice settings.

How do I become a certified occupational therapy assistant (COTA)?

To become a certified occupational therapy assistant (COTA), you must graduate from an accredited OTA program and pass the national certification exam administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).

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