RWM Site Logo

Rehabilitational Therapy Schools

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.
Rehabilitational Therapy Schools
Matching School Ads

Explore a new career with Pima Medical Institute.

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

Campus Locations :

Denver: 7475 Dakin Street Suite 100 Denver, CO 80221

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

Mesa: 957 S. Dobson Road Mesa, AZ 85202

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

Tucson: 3350 E. Grant Road Tucson, AZ 85716

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

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 :

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

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

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

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

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

Novi: 41555 Twelve Mile Road Novi, MI 48377

Savannah: 709 Mall Road Savannah, GA 31406

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

Cleveland: 4743 Richmond Road Cleveland, OH 44128

Montgomery: 5355 Vaughn Road Montgomery, AL 36116

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

Tampa: 4202 West Spruce Tampa, FL 33607

Garden Grove: 12951 Euclid Street Ste. 101 Garden Grove, CA 92840

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 :

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

Sarasota: 6151 Lake Osprey Drive Sarasota, FL 34240

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

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

Tampa: 5002 West Waters Ave Tampa, FL 33634

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

Miami: 2101 NW 117th Avenue Miami, FL 33172

Orlando: 5600 Lake Underhill Road Orlando, FL 32807

Daytona Beach: 1800 Business Park Blvd Daytona Beach, FL 32114

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

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

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

Ready for a rewarding career? Start with a certificate or degree from Carrington College California.

Programs : AS in Physical Therapist Assistant, Certificate in Physical Therapist Assistant, AS in Respiratory Care, and more..

Campus Locations :

Pleasant Hill: 380 Civic Drive Suite 300 Pleasant Hill, CA 94523

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

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

Campus Locations :

Tucson: 3550 N Oracle Road Tucson, AZ 85705

Las Vegas: 5740 S. Eastern Avenue Suite 140 Las Vegas, NV 89119

Boise: 1200 North Liberty Boise, ID 83704

Mesa: 1322 South Country Club Drive Mesa, AZ 85210

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

Get hands-on training with Remington College.

Programs : As in Occupational Therapy Assistant, and more..

Campus Locations :

: ,

Get a professional education designed with your future in mind at Kaplan College.

Programs : Diploma: Therapeutic Health Technician, Diploma: Healthcare Assistant, Associate : Physical Therapist Assistant, and more..

Campus Locations :

Salida: 5172 Kiernan Court Salida, CA 95368

Dallas: 12005 Ford Road Suite 100 Dallas, TX 75234

Vista: 2022 University Drive Vista, CA 92083

Matching School Ads
Rehabilitational Therapy Vocational & Trade Schools by State

Related Articles