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Occupational Therapy Assistant
|Overview:||Occupational therapy assistants work in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, nursing homes and in-home service agencies. They help evaluate client's skills, abilities and limitations, and the administration of therapeutic programs to restore and enhance clients' self-care and work related skills.|
|Duties:||Occupational therapy assistants work under the supervision of professional occupational therapists. They plan and implement rehabilitation programs for disabled adults and children.
They assist in the evaluation of clients' physical, perceptual and communication skills needed to cope with everyday living and work related situations. They monitor client progress.
Implement therapy programs consisting of prescribed physical and intellectual activities. Utilize therapeutic equipment to simulate real-life and work related environments for their clients.
They teach and coach clients self-care, creative and work related skills. May utilize individual or group teaching methods for different physical disabilities, emotional or mental disorders.
|Degree(s):||A.S. Health Sciences
A.S. Liberal Arts and Sciences (Mathematics and Science)
|Job Outlook:||Employment of occupational therapist assistants is expected to grow faster than average through 2018 because of the increasing number of individuals with disabilities or limited function especially among the elderly. Demand may be dampened by legislation imposing limits on reimbursement for therapy services. Occupational therapists are expected to increasingly employ assistants to reduce the cost of occupational therapy services.|
|Salary Range (National Average):||$28,000 to $33,000|
|Education Level:||Training for this occupation generally requires an Associate Degree from a 2 year or community college.|
|Additional Training/Education:||To qualify as an occupational therapy assistant you can complete either a 2-year associate degree program or a certificate program. A certificate program is generally for returning students with several years of health-care work experience. Courses focus on client assessment, therapy, group treatment, psycho-social and physical disabilities.|
Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services Advisor to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.