What to Expect from a Career in OTA

 

You want to work in healthcare and you are thinking about becoming an Occupational Therapy Assistant, but you’re not sure it’s the right path for you. Well, if you really want to work with people instead of spending your days pushing paper and if you’re a creative person who loves helping others, then becoming at OTA could be the right fit for you. But it’s best to start at the beginning to explain exactly what to expect from a career in OTA.

Categories: Alternative Nursing Jobs, Become an Occupational Therapy Assistant, Healthcare Career Options, OTA Field

Medical Associate Degree Programs: OTA vs. Medical Assistant

 

If you’re looking to break into the medical field, you might be looking at a variety of medical associate degree programs and wondering, “Which medical associate degree program is right for me?”

Before deciding which medical associate degree program to pursue you’ll want to consider the career growth, salary, and the various tasks of each profession. In this blog, we’ll look at occupational therapy assistants and medical assistants and apply the aforementioned criteria.

Which career path should you consider? Hopefully you’ll find some answers by the end.

Categories: Alternative Nursing Jobs, Healthcare Career Options

Why You Should Choose a Career in the Medical Field

 

Few industries over the past century have seen the kind of consistent increases in demand and job opportunities that healthcare has seen. If we were giving a short answer, demand could sum up why you should choose a career in the medical field. Today, the US health care industry is poised for another big spike in demand, driven by several converging factors: longer human life spans, aging Baby Boomers, new legislation increasing access to care, and millions of healthcare professionals reaching retirement age.

Meanwhile, our educational institutions can’t produce new practitioners as quickly as necessary due to the high cost and complexities of educating health care professionals. As a result, a significant workforce shortage looms on the horizon in the health care industry.

Categories: Alternative Nursing Jobs, Healthcare Career Options, OTA Online Program

3 Lesser Known Career Options in the Healthcare Industry

 

Amy Poehler wrote, “I think we should stop asking people in their 20s what they ‘want to do’ and start asking them what they don’t want to do. Instead of asking students to ‘declare their major’ we should ask students to ‘list what they will do anything to avoid.’ It just makes a lot more sense.”

Deciding what you want to do for the rest of your life as a young adult is often nigh-on impossible. Your late teens to mid-twenties involves a lot of personal growth, so you may not feel the same about specific degree programs in five years as you do now. You may have an idea of which field you want to enter, but aren’t quite sure on what career path you definitively want to follow.

Categories: Alternative Nursing Jobs, Healthcare Career Options, OTA Field, OTA Online Program

10 Things You Might Not Know about Working in the Healthcare Field

 

A desire for working in the healthcare field is extremely admirable. However, this line of work is not for everyone.

Before you jump into the healthcare industry, do your research so you can make an informed decision. Here are 10 things you might not know about working in the healthcare field.

Categories: Alternative Nursing Jobs, Healthcare Career Options, OTA Field, Talking with an OT

Nursing or OTA: Which Is the Right Career for You?

 

If you are asking yourself whether nursing or OTA is right for you, then you probably have a desire to help people. You know you want to go into healthcare, but which is the right career: nursing or OTA? These two similar, yet very different, career paths will have you making a difference in your patients’ lives.

Categories: Alternative Nursing Jobs, Become an Occupational Therapy Assistant, Healthcare Career Options, OTA Field

Sports Medicine Major in Occupational Therapy

 

If you’re a football fan, you’ve probably got this Sunday afternoon blocked off for at least four hours to watch the Seattle Seahawks battle the New England Patriots for the championship. If you’re interested in a sports medicine major, you might also be aware of the injuries and concussions both teams have experienced this season, which could affect their play.

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COTA Career Options beyond the Nursing Home

 

Many students interested in becoming certified occupational therapy assistants (COTAs) picture the COTA career path as being centered on nursing homes and caring for elderly patients. While nearly 20 percent of COTAs do provide this kind of valuable care (many of them earning well above the median annual OTA salary of $53,240), a far greater number work in other settings, assisting patients of all ages with all different types of challenges.

Categories: Alternative Nursing Jobs, OTA Field

ALS Disease Challenge for Occupational Therapy Assistants

 

By now we are aware of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s’ disease) and the impressively successful viral Ice Bucket Challenge fundraising campaign. While we may be seeing the volume of ice bucket videos beginning to decline, the fact remains that individuals and families impacted by ALS must continue day to day with this and other related disorders and the challenges they present. While funding motor neuron disease research is absolutely necessary, it’s important to also shed light on how positive change is made daily in the lives of those with ALS and related conditions with occupational therapy and its practitioners.

Categories: Alternative Nursing Jobs, OTA Field

The Different Patients You Encounter in Occupational Therapy

 

Our guest blogger and occupational therapy professional Nikki Samuelson shares her experiences with working with the different patients in the OT field.

As an occupational therapist and health care professional, you will encounter all types of people: people of all ages with different personalities and priorities, people with different limitations and people with different backgrounds.

Categories: Alternative Nursing Jobs, Become an Occupational Therapy Assistant, OTA Field, Talking with an OT

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