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What is the job of an occupational therapy assistant?

A Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant, commonly referred to as a COTA, has completed an associate’s degree program and works under the supervision of an occupational therapist. The occupational therapist performs and interprets the evaluation and

What the job of an occupational therapy aide?

An Occupational Therapy Aide is a position that currently does not require any advanced education and most of these individuals are trained on the job. These individuals are generally involved as a preparatory assist for the Occupational Therapist during treatments, providing support services. State and federal regulations may include specific requirements for the level of supervision provided to occupational therapy aides.

What courses are included in occupational therapy assistant programs?

The courses for occupational therapy assistant programs are centered primarily on how to carry out interventions whereas an occupational therapist also has to take courses on how to evaluate and devise a plan for each client. The coursework for the associate’s degree as an occupational therapy assistant takes two years to complete. It covers a lot of the same topics as an occupational therapy master’s program, but not in the same degree of depth. Occupational therapy assistant students also have to complete a three to five month internship.

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