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Two popular options in the field of rehabilitation therapy are occupational therapy and physical therapy. To become a full occupational or physical therapist, you typically need a master's degree. You can, however, become an assistant or aide after earning an associate's degree or certification from a trade school.

Occupational therapist aides typically receive most of their training on the job. As a result, the typical minimum educational requirement is a high school diploma which included courses in biology, chemistry, physics, social science, and health. If you are interested in the occupational therapist assistant career path, you should be prepared for courses in anatomy, an introduction to health care, pediatrics, physiology, adult physical disabilities, and more through an accredited associate's degree program.

In addition to the associate's degree coursework, aspiring occupational therapist assistants should be prepared for hands-on instruction through a supervised clinical rotation.

Career Choices After Trade School
You can become an occupational therapy assistant, helping injured workers learn to compensate for lost skills, teaching people with learning disabilities to survive on their own, providing rehabilitation activities and exercises, monitoring activities to ensure they're performed correctly, and recording patient progress. Or you can become an occupational therapy aide and do more clerical tasks like scheduling appointments, answering the phone, and filling out insurance forms.

Another option is to work in physical therapy. Physical therapy assistants help therapists with a patient's treatment, doing mobility exercises, massages, ultrasounds, traction, paraffin baths, or electrical stimulation. Aides keep the area clean, prepare for a patient's therapy, and do clerical work.

Occupational therapy assistants earned a mean annual salary of $48,440 in 2008, while occupational therapy aides earned $29,580. Physical therapist assistants earned $46,300 and physical therapy aides earned $24,770.

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Explore a new career with Pima Medical Institute.

Programs : Physical Therapist Assistant, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Respiratory Therapy, and more..

Campus Locations :

Las Vegas: 3333 E. Flamingo Road Las Vegas, NV 89121

Tucson: 3350 E. Grant Road Tucson, AZ 85716

Seattle: 9709 Third Avenue NE Suite 400 Seattle, WA 98115

Mesa: 957 S. Dobson Road Mesa, AZ 85202

Albuquerque: 4400 Cutler Avenue NE Albuquerque, NM 87110

Denver: 7475 Dakin Street Suite 100 Denver, CO 80221

Renton: 555 S. Renton Village Place Suite 400 Renton, WA 98057

Chula Vista: 780 Bay Blvd #101 Chula Vista, CA 91910

Get your career started with Intercoast Colleges.

Programs : Alcohol & Drug Counseling Studies, and more..

Campus Locations :

Riverside: 1989 Atlanta Avenue Riverside, CA 92507

Fairfield: College of Medical Arts 1652 West Texas Street #15 Fairfield, CA 94533

West Covina: 1400 West Covina Parkway 2nd/3rd Floors West Covina, CA 91790

South Portland: 207 Gannet Drive South Portland, ME 04106

Orange: 3745 W. Chapman Avenue Orange, CA 92868

Keiser University offers degrees in fields that are in demand and provides job placement assistance to all its students and alumni.

Programs : Physical Therapy Assistant, AS, Associate of Science in Sports Medicine and Fitness Technology via ground delivery, Bachelor of Science in Sports Medicine and Fitness Technology via ground delivery, and more..

Campus Locations :

Sarasota: 6151 Lake Osprey Drive Sarasota, FL 34240

Miami: 2101 NW 117th Avenue Miami, FL 33172

Orlando: 5600 Lake Underhill Road Orlando, FL 32807

Fort Myers: 9100 Forum Corporate Parkway Fort Myers, FL 33905

Tampa: 5002 West Waters Ave Tampa, FL 33634

Port Saint Lucie: 10330 South U.S. 1 Port Saint Lucie, FL 34952

As a student at South University, you will have the opportunity to learn from accomplished faculty members who have real-world experience in the subjects that they teach. Our small class sizes allow you to receive personalized attention from instructors, and the encouragement to recognize your goals for the future and the means to achieve them.

Programs : Physical Therapist Assistant (AS), Occupational Therapy Assistant (AS), Occupational Therapy (OTD), and more..

Campus Locations :

Virginia Beach: 301 Bendix Road, Suite 100 Virginia Beach, VA 23452

Austin: 7700 W Parmer Ln, Building A, Suite A100 Austin, TX 78729

Tampa: 4401 North Himes Ave., Suite 175 Tampa, FL 33614

Novi: 41555 Twelve Mile Road Novi, MI 48377

High Point: 3975 Premier Center Drive High Point, NC 27265

Glen Allen: 2200 Old Brick Rd. Glen Allen, VA 23060

Savannah: 709 Mall Road Savannah, GA 31406

Cleveland: 4743 Richmond Road Cleveland, OH 44128

Montgomery: 5355 Vaughn Road Montgomery, AL 36116

West Palm Beach: University Centre, 9801 Belvedere Road West Palm Beach, FL 33411

Columbia: 9 Science Court Columbia, SC 29203

Earn a respected bachelor's degree, master's degree, or Ph.D. online at Walden University.

Programs : Ph.D. in Social Work - Addictions and Social Work, M.S. in School Counseling - Crisis and Trauma, Doctor of Social Work - Addictions and Social Work, and more..

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With more than 300 online and residential areas of study, Liberty offers programs from the certificate to doctoral level.

Programs : MA Human Services:  Addictions and Recovery, PhD in Counseling - Professional Counseling, PhD Counseling: Advanced Clinical Skills, and more..

Campus Locations :

Lynchburg: 1971 University Boulevard Lynchburg, VA 24502

Earn your degree online with Grand Canyon University. We offer approximately 100 bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs in a variety of fields that can be completed 100% online.

Programs : B.S. in Counseling with an Emphasis in Addiction, Chemical Dependency, and Substance Abuse, M.S. in Addiction Counseling, M.S. in Christian Counseling, and more..

Campus Locations :

: 3300 W Camelback Road ,

Phoenix: 3300 W Camelback Road Phoenix, AZ 85017

Little Rock: 3300 W Camelback Road Little Rock, AR 72201

New England Institute of Technology is a private, non-profit, co-educational technical college offering over 30 Associate in Science, Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degree programs.

Programs : Associate in Science in Physical Therapist Assistant Technology, Associate in Science in Occupational Therapy Assistant Technology, Master of Science in Occupational Therapy, and more..

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East Greenwich: One New England Tech Boulevard East Greenwich, RI 02818

Since 1996, Southern California Health Institute has been dedicated and committed to helping students achieve their dreams by providing an exceptional education that enables them to become skilled and successful manual therapists.

Programs : Physical Therapy Aide/Sports Rehab Program, and more..

Campus Locations :

North Hollywood: 5200 Lankershim Blvd. Suite #150 North Hollywood, CA 91601

Ready for a rewarding career in healthcare? Carrington College™ can help.

Programs : Physical Therapist Assistant, Physical Therapy Technology, and more..

Campus Locations :

Boise: 1200 North Liberty Boise, ID 83704

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