Occupational Therapy Assistant

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Length of Education: 
2 years
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Occupational Therapy Assistants (OTA’s) work directly with patients to learn and perform exercises developed by an occupational therapist to regain lost everyday function.

This may include playing educational games with children who have developmental disabilities, teaching a stroke victim how to do hand-strengthening exercises, or showing a patient with Parkinson’s disease how use devices to assist with eating or bathing.

OTA’s receive an associate degree and often work if offices, but also work in hospitals and long-term care facilities.