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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 :

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

Tucson: 3350 E. Grant Road Tucson, AZ 85716

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

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..

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South Portland: 207 Gannet Drive South Portland, ME 04106

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

Riverside: 1989 Atlanta Avenue Riverside, CA 92507

Orange: 3745 W. Chapman Avenue Orange, CA 92868

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

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..

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Lynchburg: 1971 University Boulevard Lynchburg, VA 24502

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

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

Kansas City: 3239 Broadway Kansas City, MO 64111

Orlando: 3444 McCrory Place Orlando, FL 32803

North Hollywood: 12412 Victory Blvd North Hollywood, CA 91606

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

Tampa: 4202 West Spruce Tampa, FL 33607

Portland: 1425 NE Irving Street Portland, OR 97232

San Diego: 4393 Imperial Ave. Ste. 100 San Diego, CA 92113

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

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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Earn Your Diploma from Home!

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

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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

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

Savannah: 709 Mall Road Savannah, GA 31406

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

Novi: 41555 Twelve Mile Road Novi, MI 48377

Montgomery: 5355 Vaughn Road Montgomery, AL 36116

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

Cleveland: 4743 Richmond Road Cleveland, OH 44128

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

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

Columbia: 9 Science Court Columbia, SC 29203

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.

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Phoenix: 3300 W Camelback Road Phoenix, AZ 85017

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

At University of Phoenix, we believe everyone deserves access to higher education.

Programs : MS in Psychology/Behavioral Health, BS in Psychology, B.S. in Psychology, and more..

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Costa Mesa: 3150 Bristol Street, Suite 100, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Diamond Bar: 1370 S. Valley Vista Dr. Diamond Bar, CA 91765

Meridian: 3080 East Gentry Way Suite 150 Meridian, ID 83642

San Jose: 3590 N. First St San Jose, CA 95134

Henderson: 7777 Eastgate Road Henderson, NV 89011

Flowood: 120 Stone Creek Blvd. Suite 200 Flowood, MS 39232

Livermore: 2481 Constitution Drive Livermore, CA 94551

Bakersfield: 4900 California Ave. Bakersfield, CA 93309

Hollywood: 2400 SW 145th Avenue Hollywood, FL 33027

Ontario: 3110 E. Guasti Road Ontario, CA 91761

San Diego: 3870 Murphy Canyon Road, Suite 310 San Diego, CA 92123

Fort Lauderdale: 550 W. Cypress Creek Road Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309

Spring: 24624 Interstate 45 Spring, TX 77386

Yuma: 899 East Plaza Circle Yuma, AZ 85365

Salida: 5330 Pirrone Road Salida, CA 95368

Lathrop: 17000 S. Harlan Road Lathrop, CA 95330

Nashville: 616 Marriott Drive Suite 150 Nashville, TN 37214

Arlington: 3900 Arlington Highlands Boulevard Suite 237 Arlington, TX 76018

Fresno: 45 East River Park Place West Suite 101 Fresno, CA 93720

Visalia: 301 East Acequia Ave Visalia, CA 93291

Colorado Springs: 5725 Mark Dabling Boulevard Suite 150 Colorado Springs, CO 80919

Pasadena: 299 N. Euclid Avenue Pasadena, CA 91101

Mesa: 1620 South Stapley Drive Mesa, AZ 85204

Dallas: 12400 Coit Road Suite 200 Dallas, TX 75251

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Lone Tree: 10004 Park Meadows Drive Lone Tree, CO 80124

Gardena: 1515 W. 190th Gardena, CA 90248

Houston: 4888 Loop Central Drive Houston, TX 77081

Cordova: 65 Germantown Court Suite 100 Cordova, TN 38018

Tucson: 300 South Craycroft Road Tucson, AZ 85711

Los Angeles: 14320 Firestone Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90038

Beale AFB: 17849 16 Street Beale AFB, CA 95903

Salt Lake City: 5373 S Green Street Suite 300 Salt Lake City, UT 84123

Fairfield: 5253 Business Center Drive Fairfield, CA 94534

Woodland Hills: 5955 DeSoto Ave Woodland Hills, CA 91367

Westminster: 8700 Turnpike Drive Westminster, CO 80030

Springfield: 1343 East Kingsley Street Suite B,C Springfield, MO 65804

Salem: 670 Hawthorne Ave. S.E. Salem, OR 97301

Murrieta: 25240 Hancock Avenue Murrieta, CA 92562

Oakland: 1200 Clay Street Oakland, CA 94612

Pleasant Grove: 2174 West Grove Parkway Pleasant Grove, UT 84062

Sacramento: 1760 Creekside Oaks Drive Suite 100 Sacramento, CA 95833

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