Occupational Therapy Assistant
Associate of Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)

Occupational Therapy provides opportunities to assist people facing challenges in everyday life. Through guided and goal-directed participation in occupations of leisure, work and activities of daily living, individuals can restore their ability to do the things they need, want, or are expected to do.

Occupational therapy practitioners contribute to improving independence and quality of life for people of all ages in a variety of settings concerned with health care, education, community and social services. Occupational therapy assistants work in collaboration with supervising occupational therapists to serve individuals or groups who experience impairment, loss of activity or ability to participate fully in meaningful occupations due to genetic disorders, chronic conditions, illness, accidents, mental impairment, or social conditions such as poverty and violence.

Study in the major includes topics in biological science, social science, communications, mathematics and technologies. These studies are integrated with core requisites in the major and with community and clinical fieldwork experiences. The major uses a wide variety of state-of-the-art equipment and tools that are reflective of current practice in occupational therapy. Through extensive hands-on laboratory experiences, the student has opportunities for application of knowledge learned in the classroom. Level I Fieldwork experiences provide exposure and practice within clinical environments, schools and community settings. Level II Fieldwork provides a full-time working experience under the supervision of an occupational therapy practitioner in a variety of practice areas, following successful completion of academic course work.

Program Specs

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About the curriculum

Classes

View the classes you will be attending in the College Catalog.

Accreditation & Industry Connections

Program accreditation.

After graduation

OTA graduates who choose to continue their occupational therapy education, can complete the Bachelor of Science in Applied Health Studies at Penn College. This degree offers enhanced career opportunities. It will also satisfy the requirements for admission to a number of master’s degree programs in occupational therapy offered at colleges and universities around the country.  The master’s degree is the entry level degree of the Registered Occupational Therapist.

List of jobs via the College Catalog.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, median annual wage for occupational therapy assistants was $53,240 in May 2012. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $32,970, and the top 10 percent earned more than $73,120.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 11,050 $26.31 $54,730
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 5,730 $27.65 $57,520
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 4,300 $23.70 $49,290
Elementary and Secondary Schools 1,640 $21.64 $45,010
Home Health Care Services 1,340 $29.24 $60,820

*Statistics reported in May 2012

Tools, Uniforms & Supplies

Students accepted into the Occupational Therapy Assistant major will incur expenses for uniforms, malpractice insurance, clearances and certifications, etc. See the complete list.

Some items are available for purchase through The College Store.

Notice of Conviction

Notice of Conviction via the College Catalog.

Occupational Therapy Assistant Advisory Committee

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Advisory committees, which act as recommending bodies to the faculty and administration, consist of in-field professionals who act as partners in the development of curriculum. Their curricular and equipment advice as well as their industry connections and internship opportunities are invaluable to our students and to the growth of our institution.

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