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Occupational Therapy Assistant Program

Frequently Asked Questions


What is the difference between an occupational therapy assistant and an occupational therapy aide?


An occupational therapy assistant is a graduate of an accredited occupational therapy assistant educational program and is eligible to sit for the national certification examination. Most states regulate occupational therapy assistants. Occupational therapy aides usually receive their training on the job and are not eligible for certification or licensure.


I am currently working in another profession. I am considering occupational therapy as a second career. Is this feasible?


A good number of students go back to school to become an occupational therapist of an occupational therapy assistant. You would need to contact the individual in applying in order to determine what prerequisites you would need to take.


How much will I make as an occupational therapy assistant?


Offices of physical, occupational and speech therapists and audiologists: $45,130
Nursing care facilities: $43,280
General medical and surgical hospitals: $40,060

**Incomes are based on average salaries reported. Incomes may vary based on location and employer. This is just an approximation.