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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 :

Tucson: 3350 E. Grant Road Tucson, AZ 85716

Mesa: 957 S. Dobson Road Mesa, AZ 85202

Albuquerque: 4400 Cutler Avenue NE Albuquerque, NM 87110

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

Denver: 7475 Dakin Street Suite 100 Denver, CO 80221

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

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

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

At Concorde, you’ll find that a “learn by doing” approach to healthcare training will get you the skills you need to succeed-- and get you into the workforce quickly.

Programs : Physical Therapist Assistant - (AAS), Respiratory Therapy - (AS), Respiratory Therapy - (AAS), and more..

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Aurora: 111 Havana Aurora, CO 80010

San Antonio: 4803 NW Loop 410 Suite 200 San Antonio, TX 78229

North Hollywood: 12412 Victory Blvd North Hollywood, CA 91606

Kansas City: 3239 Broadway Kansas City, MO 64111

Portland: 1425 NE Irving Street Portland, OR 97232

Orlando: 3444 McCrory Place Orlando, FL 32803

San Bernardino: 201 E. Airport Drive San Bernardino, CA 92408

Get your career started with Intercoast Colleges.

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

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

Orange: 3745 W. Chapman Avenue Orange, CA 92868

Burbank: 175 E. Olive Avenue 3rd Floor Burbank, CA 91502

South Portland: 207 Gannet Drive South Portland, ME 04106

Riverside: 1989 Atlanta Avenue Riverside, CA 92507

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

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), Psychology (BA), and more..

Campus Locations :

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

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

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

Montgomery: 5355 Vaughn Road Montgomery, AL 36116

Novi: 41555 Twelve Mile Road Novi, MI 48377

Cleveland: 4743 Richmond Road Cleveland, OH 44128

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

Savannah: 709 Mall Road Savannah, GA 31406

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

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

Columbia: 9 Science Court Columbia, SC 29203

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

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Lynchburg: 1971 University Boulevard Lynchburg, VA 24502

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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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 Physical Therapist Assistant, Associate of Science in Sports Medicine and Fitness Technology via ground delivery, and more..

Campus Locations :

Sarasota: 6151 Lake Osprey Drive Sarasota, FL 34240

Lakeland: 2400 Interstate Drive Lakeland, FL 33805

West Palm Beach: 2085 Vista Parkway West Palm Beach, FL 33411

Fort Lauderdale: 1500 W. Commercial Blvd Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309

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

Tampa: 5002 West Waters Ave Tampa, FL 33634

Melbourne: 900 S. Babcock St. Melbourne, FL 32901

Orlando: 5600 Lake Underhill Road Orlando, FL 32807

Miami: 2101 NW 117th Avenue Miami, FL 33172

Jacksonville: 6700 Southpoint Parkway, Suite 400 Jacksonville, FL 32216

Tallahassee: 1700 Halstead Blvd Bldg. 2 Tallahassee, FL 32309

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

Earn Your Diploma from Home!

Programs : Drug & Alcohol Treatment Specialist, and more..

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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

Study online with California University of Pennsylvania.

Programs : Post-Masters Cert: Exercise Science and Health Promotion: Rehabilitation Science, MS: Exercise Science and Health Promotion: Rehabilitation Sciences, Graduate Certificate in Sports Counseling, and more..

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