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OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ASSISTANT
Occupational Therapy Assistant
As an occupational therapist assistant, you help make it possible for patients to develop, recover, improve and maintain the skills needed for daily living and working.
You’ll need an associate degree from a 2-year occupational therapy assistant program, commonly found in community colleges and technical schools, as well as 16 weeks of fieldwork to gain hands-on work experience.
You’ll need to understand and be comfortable working around a variety of people, since on a daily basis you’ll be working directly with patients who are recovering from an ailment or injury. You’ll need to use critical thinking skills to listen and understand what they’re explaining, then come up with the proper solution.
After two years, you can expect to work under more experienced therapist assistants as you continue to grow your knowledge and skill set in the field.
As a more experienced assistant you’ll be able to take on more complex responsibilities. You’ll renew relevant certifications and may choose to continue your education further.
At this point in your career you’ll typically advise other occupational therapist assistants as they help patients.