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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

Denver: 7475 Dakin Street Suite 100 Denver, CO 80221

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

Tucson: 3350 E. Grant Road Tucson, AZ 85716

Mesa: 957 S. Dobson Road Mesa, AZ 85202

Albuquerque: 4400 Cutler Avenue NE Albuquerque, NM 87110

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

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

Kaplan University is focused on recognizing the achievements of military and veteran students and offers the flexibility of an online education.

Programs : BS in Psychology - Substance Addictions, MS in Psychology - Addictions, MS in Psychology - General Psychology, and more..

Campus Locations :

Fort Lauderdale: 6301 Kaplan University Avenue Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309

Get your career started with Intercoast Colleges.

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

Campus Locations :

: , CA

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

Riverside: 1989 Atlanta Avenue Riverside, CA 92507

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

Orange: 3745 W. Chapman Avenue Orange, CA 92868

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

South Portland: 207 Gannet Drive South Portland, ME 04106

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..

Campus Locations :

Aurora: 111 Havana Aurora, CO 80010

Kansas City: 3239 Broadway Kansas City, MO 64111

Orlando: 3444 McCrory Place Orlando, FL 32803

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..

Campus Locations :

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

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, Occupational Therapy Assistant(AS), Occupational Therapy Assistant, AS, and more..

Campus Locations :

Lakeland: 2400 Interstate Drive Lakeland, FL 33805

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

Pembroke Pines: 1640 SW 145 Avenue Pembroke Pines, FL 33028

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

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

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..

Campus Locations :

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Earn Your Diploma from Home!

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

Campus Locations :

: , PA 94404

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 West Camelback Road , PA

Phoenix: 3300 W Camelback Road Phoenix, AZ 85017

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

Get the skills you need to pursue your dreams at South College, located in Knoxville.

Programs : Associate of Science - Physical Therapist Assistant, Bachelor of Science - Health Science (Post Physical Therapist Assistant), and more..

Campus Locations :

Knoxville: 3904 Lonas Drive Knoxville, TN 37909

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